Children's Programs

Whether your children are one, 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 class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, an education animal visitor and an experience full of exciting discoveries. Although mostly structured, all activities are optional which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Little Learners song sheet.


Upcoming Series Details:

Summer I - Registration Open!
Week 1           May 25 - 28             Cuddly Koalas
Week 2   June 1 - 4   Grand Grizzlies
Week 3   June 8 - 11
Outrageous Otters
Week 4   June 15 - 18 
Hollering Howler Monkeys
Week 5   June 22 - 25   Fancy Flamingos
Week 6   June 29 - July 2    Glorious Gorillas

Summer II - Registration Open!
Week 1           July 13 - 16               Kooky Kangaroos
Week 2   July 20 - 23                  Proclaiming Peafowl
Week 3   July 27 - 30               Outstanding Ostriches
Week 4   August 3 - 6                Rocking Rhinos
Week 5   August 10 - 13                Pretty Parrots  
Week 6
August 17 - 20               Fantastic Frogs  
Week 7
August 24 - 27               Dynamic Duikers  

Have a Question? 

e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Children may attend one class time per week.*


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)


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)


Fees:
Members $24 per class per child

Non-members $30 per class per child

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 education animal visitor, 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. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Animal Adventures song sheet.


Upcoming Series Details:


Summer I - Registration Open!
Week 1         May 24 or 27         L is for Lemur
Week 2   May 31 or June 3   M is for Meerkat
Week 3   June 7 or 10
N is for Newt
Week 4   June 14 or 17
O is for Ostrich
Week 5   June 21 or 24   P is for Porcupine
Week 6   June 28 or July 1   Q is for Quail

Summer II - Registration Open!
Week 1         July 12 or 15         R is for Rhinoceros
Week 2   July 19 or 22   S is for Snake
Week 3   July 26 or 29
T is for Tiger
Week 4   August 2 or 5
V is for Vulture
Week 5   August 9 or 12   W is for Wallaby
Week 6   August 16 or 19   Y is for Yak
Week 7   August 23 or 26   Z is for Zebra

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

Children may attend one class time per week.*


Animal Adventures   3-4 years

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fees:
Members $24 per class per child

Non-members $30 per class per child

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.

Young Zoologists

5 - 8 Years Old

Drop-off program

Our Young Zoologists love learning about amazing animal and habitat classifications and what makes each group unique. Activities include crafts, games, Zoo walks, a special Zoo Keeper talk and snack.


Fall 2016 Dates: TBD

Examples of past themes: Outrageous Oceans, Fantastic Fish, Tremendous Tundras, Beautiful Birds



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.

2015-16 CC Meeting Dates:

September 19, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
November 21, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
January 16, 2016 1 pm to 3:30 pm
March 12, 2016, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
May 21, 2016, 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 or 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

Playground Scientists for Brownies

Who's Who at the SF Zoo for all Girl Scouts ages 5 and older 

Animal Behavior WildNight for Juniors and older (also available as a daytime class) 


For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other community groups, check out our group overnights or twilight tours!


Have a Question?
e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2015 Program Flyer

Fees:
Daisy Garden Party $25

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $30

Playground Scientists $30

Who's Who at the SF Zoo $30

Animal Behavior daytime class $40

Animal Behavior WildNight $70


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