Children's Programs

Whether your children are one or 17, or any age in between, the Zoo offers educational programs designed specifically to meet their needs as well as support the mission of the Zoo.

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children
 

Little Learners

1 1/2 - 3 1/2  years old

Year-round

Little Learners is designed for young learners and their caregivers. Each 1.5 hour class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, an animal visitor (from our educational collection) and a room full of exciting discoveries. We cannot offer behind-the-scenes with our wild animals, but we will visit their exhibits as a part of class.  Although mostly structured, all activities are optional, which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. You may sign up for one or more classes; save if you register for the full series. No more than one adult per child.


Upcoming Series Details:

SpringRegistration Open 
Week 1           Apr 15 - 18           Cute Capybaras
Week 2   Apr 22 - 25    Perfect Polar Bears
Week 3   Apr 29 - May 2
Great Grizzlies
Week 4   May 6 - 9
Beautiful Bugs
Week 5   May 13 - 16
Playful Peccaries
Week 6   May 20 - 23
Elegant Eagles

Summer I - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           June 2 - 6           Zany Zebras
Week 2   June 10 - 13   Parading Peacocks
Week 3   June 17 - 20
Hollering Howler Monkeys
Week 4   June 24 - 27
Fancy Flamingos

Summer II - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           July 8 - 11           Great Gorillas
Week 2   July 15 - 18   Kooky Kangaroos
Week 3   July 22 - 25
Outrageous Otters
Week 4   July 29 - August 1
Outstanding Ostriches

Summer III - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           August 5 - 8           Rocking Rhinos
Week 2   August 12 - 15   Pretty Parrots
Week 3   August 19 - 22
Tremendous Toads
Week 4   August 26 - 29
Dynamic Duikers

Have a Question? 
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
Little Learners 1 ½ - 2 ½ years
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Fridays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1 ½ - 3 ½ years)

Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (1 ½ - 3 ½ years)


Little Learners 2 ½ - 3 ½ years
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1½ - 3 ½ years)

Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (1 ½ - 3 ½ years)


Fees:
SFZS Members $24 per topic

Non-members $30 per topic


Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for you and your child.
*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.

Animal Adventures

3-4 years old

Year-round

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an animal visitor (from our educational collection), Animal Adventures is designed for 3 and 4-year-olds and their caregivers.  Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes to highlight the animals. You may sign up for one or more weeks; save if you register for the full series. No more than one adult per child.


Upcoming Series Details:


Spring - Registration Open 
Week 1           Apr 14 or Apr 17           M is for Meerkat
Week 2   Apr 21 or Apr 24   N is for Newt
Week 3   Apr 28 or May 1   O is for Ostrich
Week 4    May 5 or May 8   P is for Porcupine
Week 5   May 12 or May 15   Q is for Quail
Week 6   May 19 or May 22   R is for Rhinoceros

Summer I - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           June 2 or 5           S is for Snake
Week 2   June 9 or 12   T is for Tiger
Week 3   June 16 or 19
V is for Vulture
Week 4   June 23 or 26
W is for Wallaby

Summer II - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           July 7 or 10           Y is for yellow-spotted river turtle
Week 2   July 14 or 17   Z is for Zebra
Week 3   July 21 or 24
A is for Armadillo
Week 4   July 28 or 31
B is for Bee

Summer III - Registration Open May 7 at 1:00pm
Week 1           August 4 or 7           C is for Coati
Week 2   August 11 or 14   D is for Duiker
Week 3   August 18 or 21
E is for Eagle
Week 4   August 25 or 28
F is for Flamingo


Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org  or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
Animal Adventures   3-4 years

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fees:
SFZS Members $24 per topic

Non-members $30 per topic


Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for you and your child.
*Pre-registration is required. Sorry, no registration or drop-ins day of class.

Young Zoologists

5 to 8 Years Old

Our 5-8 year-old young zoologists love learning about amazing animal and habitat classifications and what makes each group unique. Activities include crafts, games, Zoo walks and snack. Also, get up close and personal with some special Zoo animals!


Upcoming 2015 Dates:

September 19

October 17

November 21

December 19


Themes to be determined.


Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org  or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month (September through April)

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Fees:
SFZS Members $30; all others $35 for individual classes.
*Pre-registration required.




Classes for Older Children

Conservation Club

9 to 12 Years Old

If you are 9 to 12 years old and interested in animals or a career in animal care, this club is for you. 

Members receive:

- The Club's quarterly newsletter 
- A Membership card
- Quarterly private keeper talks with San Francisco Zoo keepers
- And a free Zoo gift.

Have a Question?
e-mail jkc@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135

Registration:
Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration.

2014-15 CC Meeting Dates:
November 15, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
January 17, 2015 1 pm to 3:30 pm
March 21, 2015, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
May 16, 2015, 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Fees: $50 for annual membership.

Scouts

The San Francisco Zoo offers a unique setting for Bay Area Girl Scouts to complete patch and Journey requirements. Working on a patch or Journey not covered by one of our existing programs? Contact scouts@sfzoo.org and we'll customize a program to meet your needs.

Daisy Garden Party for Daisies

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper for Brownies

Adapt and Play for Brownies

Animal Behavior Badge for Juniors and older Girl Scouts
next overnight date: March 7-8, 2015 (call/e-mail for info or to book your troop)

Have a Question?
e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2014 Program Flier and Registration Form

Fees:
Daisy Garden Party $25
Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $30
Adapt and Play $30
Animal Behavior Badge $40

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo.

Teens

For more information on the Zoo’s amazing teen volunteer opportunities, visit our  Volunteer Programs page.

Summer I - Registration Open
Week 1    May 28 - 31     Zany Zebras
Week 2   June 4 - 7   Pretty Peacocks
Week 3   June 11 - 14   Howler Monkeys
Week 4      June 18 - 21   Fancy Flamingos
Week 5   June 25 - 28   Great Gorillas
Week 6    July 2 - 4   Kooky Kangaroos