Family & Adult Programs

Families that Zoo together, care, connect, and conserve together. Our Family and Adult programs provide fun learning opportunities for all. 

BikeAbouts

Bring your bicycle to the Zoo for this 1-1/2 hour riding tour. Our informative docents will guide you as you see the animals start their day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds.

We have BikeAbouts scheduled on a monthly basis March through October and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, where we finish our bike ride with a continental breakfast. You can also schedule your own private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more.

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

Registration
Please check our Calendar of Events for online registration.

Fees*
Per peddler
SFZS Members: $18
Non-members: $23 
Free for children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes. 
*Prices vary for Father's and Mother's Day BikeAbouts

Overnights

The San Francisco Zoo provides an exciting opportunity to camp in the heart of the city. From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo. A special keeper talk will illustrate the great care the Zoo provides to its residents and the role zoos play in the conservation of wildlife. You will also learn some and simple ways that you can help conserve at home. Evening snacks, activities, and a continental breakfast are included. Our professional staff offers a fun adventure while leaving our guests with a memorable experience of a special night at the San Francisco Zoo.

Group Overnights
Our group overnight programs are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis throughout the year. Overnights are a fun, unique, and education experience for all groups; bring your class, group or troop to the Zoo. View our group Wild Nights brochure which includes pricing and registration information here.

Family Overnights
Several times a year, the San Francisco Zoo hosts parents and children for a night of family fun. Family Wild Nights Gift Certificates are a great gift idea. Minimum age for children is 6 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2014 Dates: June 14-15, August 9-10, and September 6-7

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to wildnights@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135. 

Registration

Once available, please check our Calendar of Events for online registration. Pre-registration is required.

Family Overnight Fees
SFZS Members: $90 per person; or $80 per person if registering 5 or more people.
Non-Members: $100 per person; or $90 per person if registering 5 or more people.

Twilight Tours

Experience the Zoo in a whole new light – twilight. Twilight Tours are a fun-filled and educational tour experience. Groups go on a nocturnal safari and meet a Zookeeper for an up-close animal encounter. Games, evening snack, and activities are all part of the wild adventure. Twilight Tours are from 6:30pm-9:00pm, for children ages 3 and up. Themed Tours are scheduled throughout the year, but if you have a group of 15 or more you may schedule your own tour.

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

Registration
Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration. Pre-registration is required.

Fees
SFZS Members: $30 for children 4-17 years old, $35 for adults
Non-members: $35 for children, $40 adults.

Wildlife Illustration

If you think you can't draw a straight line, much less a moving wild animal, these workshops are for you. Join us for an informal and relaxing introduction to drawing your favorite animals. Learn fundamental drawing skills, proportion, pencil techniques and much more. Class begins with a sketching tour of the Zoo, then instruction moves to more refined portraits using the Zoo's wildlife supplemented by photos. Open to beginners and experienced artists. Your only prerequisite is a love of wildlife. 

Wildlife Head Portraits in Pencil
January 25, February 1, 8 (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm Learn how to draw close up head portraits of your favorite wild animals focusing on their individual facial expressions and attitudes. Instruction includes fundamental drawing skills, proportion, pencil techniques and much more. Learn how to refine your sketches supplemented by photos to create finished fine art portraits. An introduction to pen and ink rounds out our workshop.

Illustrating Nocturnal Wildlife
March 29, April 5, 12, (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm Moths, bats, frogs, jaguars and bush babies are just a few of the nocturnal animals we will use as our models in this exciting new class. With gouache and colored pencil on dark paper, students learn how to create contrasts in color and form, the dark paper giving our nocturnal subjects another dimension in nature illustration.

Illustrating Animals with Spots and Stripes
September 6, 13, 20 (3 Saturdays) 10:30am - 3:00pm In this workshop we’ll study animals with spots and stripes with gouache and colored pencil featuring Bristol Board. With a wide variety of animals as subjects, students will learn the many ways wildlife uses spot and stripe patterns for survival. Instruction includes drawing, wildlife and landscape painting techniques. Join us as we take a close look at “patterned” animals.

Have a Question?
email education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135. 

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

Fees
SFZS Members: $95
Non-Members: $110

Wild Places, Wild Things! Conservation Speaker Series

Local and international conservationists provide inspirational talks about world-wide conservation efforts. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with scientists and learn about how they are saving wildlife.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073.

Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures.

Registration
not required.

Fee
Free

Senior Stroll

Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself. Watch the animals that are active early in the day, with a guide right there to answer your questions and offer fascinating insights into animal behavior.

Senior Stroll is held quarterly from 9 to 10:15 am

Have a Question? Send an e-mail seniorstroll@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7122.

Upcoming Strolls:

March 13, 2014
June 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
December 11, 2014

Registration
not required.

Fee
Members: Free
Non-members: $5