Family & Adult Programs

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


Ocean Explorers

Bike Abouts

Conservation Speaker Series

Wildlife Illustration

Ocean Explorers

6 – 10 year-olds + 1 adult

Dive in to discover the incredible diversity of our world’s oceans! During this mixed-age program families will investigate our connections to marine habitats and animals through hands-on activities, stories, science experiments, and more! The journey will begin at the Coastal Conservation Center overlooking the Pacific coastline and continue in the Zoo as we learn how all living things rely on healthy oceans.

Registration includes 1 child and 1 adult. Children learn by watching the adults in their lives, so we encourage and expect adult participation to help nurture your Ocean Explorer’s connection to wildlife.

2020-2021 Season



Have a Question?
e-mail to [email protected] or call 415-753-8135

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays
10:00am – 12:30pm

Includes 1 adult and 1 child

SFZS Members – $30 per child/adult pair 
Non-Member – $45 per child/adult pair
Additional Adult – $15
*Pre-registration required
Fees include Zoo admission 


Pedal your way through the Zoo during these 90-minute riding tours! Our knowledgeable staff will be your guide as they share fun animal facts and conservation stories. During the ride you may see a sleepy tiger yawning, a grizzly going for a swim, or a group of monkeys joining together in an early-morning symphony. Tours are offered monthly from April – October, 8:30am – 10:00am.

Join us for extra-special BikeAbouts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day only! During these programs, bike tours will focus on what maternal and paternal care look like throughout the animal kingdom. Stick around after the tour for a tasty continental breakfast until 11am!

Have a date in mind that you don’t see on the calendar? Contact us to schedule a private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more riders!

Pre-registration required.
Participants must provide their own bikes. No strollers or scooters, please.
Includes Zoo admission.

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to [email protected]


Upcoming BikeAbouts

Saturday October 14

Fees: Includes Zoo admission

Family BikeAbouts 
SFZS Member – $20 per peddler 
Non-Member – $30 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts 
SFZS Member – $35 per peddler 
Non-member – $45 per peddler
FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

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 to [email protected] or call (415) 753-7073.

Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures.

not required.

Free with Zoo admission

Wildlife Illustration

Develop your drawing skills with our new illustration workshops! Your instructor, Illustrator Mark Simmons, will cover a few art basics before you head into the Zoo to see your animal subjects in real life! During each class, participants will create a finished illustration based on a theme. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite supplies too. Whether you’re a practiced artist or a curious first-timer, these workshops are a whole new way to appreciate the natural world!

Upcoming 2021 Dates:


Have a Question? Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (415) 753-8124.

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays
10:00am – 3:00pm


One-Day Workshop Fee:
SFZS Member – $60 
Non- member – $75 

Pre-registration required.
Basic art supply use included.
Parking included.