Teachers & Schools
The San Antonio Zoo is one of the finest outdoor learning environments in South Texas! A Zoo visit could be just what your class needs to spark interest in science and observational learning. From characteristics of species, to adaptations for survival, to the wonders of nature, the San Antonio Zoo is the perfect classroom to introduce or reinforce your TEKS curriculum!
The San Antonio Zoo offers a special school group admission price for students, teachers, bus drivers, and adult chaperones of qualifying groups. To receive this rate, please notify the cashier that you are visiting with a school group, and which school you are with.
Groups qualifying for school admission rates include public, private, religious and home school groups, daycares, pre-schools, and after-school programs, YMCA, Head Start, colleges, and PCI.
In order to help you plan for next year's visit, please note:
*****September 2015 through February 2016 we are offering a special rate of $5 per person.
*****March 2016 through June 6, 2016 our school rate will increase to $9 per person.
A fall visit to the Zoo can now be much more affordable!
The Zoo is a great classroom for all school ages and subjects! Bring students for a self-guided tour and enjoy docent presentations at various locations throughout the Zoo, Tuesday through Friday. Keeper Connection times are located on our map, and students will be able to watch the keepers train or feed the animals. For the most enjoyable trip, schedule visits Monday through Wednesday when the Zoo is less crowded.
*Group rates apply to educational groups who register in advance on our website.*
School Group Rate: $8/person until May 31, 2015
Special Needs Adult (15 years and older): $7.50
Special Needs Child (Ages 3-14): $6.00
School Group Rate: $5/person September 1, 2015 through February 27, 2016
If you need to reschedule your field trip to another date, please contact the Education Center at (210) 734-7184 ext.1501. Registering online for another field trip will result in duplicate reservations.
Want a hands-on, TEKS-aligned classroom program on your next Zoo visit? Book a R.W.C. program that includes an animal presentation, biofacts, themed activities and a guided tour. This 1.5-hour program is appropriate for all grade levels but must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Contact: [email protected] or (210) 734-7184 ext.1504 for more information.
9:45-11:15 or 12:00-1:30
Cost per person: $12
One person must pay for the entire group; includes Zoo admission
Click here for helpful information about Real.Wild.Classroom programs!
Home School Programs
Grades K-4 (Ages 6 and up)
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $15/member adult and child; $25/nonmember adult and child; $10 extra participant (adult or child)
Students will be separated based upon age (6-8 and 9-11)
March 6 - Creepy, Crawly Night Tour (6:30 p.m. start time; Must be 6 years old to attend; no strollers)
March 18 - Animal Egg-stravaganza
March 27 - Creepy Crawly Night Tour (6:30 p.m. start time; Must be 6 years old to attend; no strollers)
April 15 - Under the Sea
May 13 - The Amazing Race
August 26 - Animal Math
Cost: $40 per person
Looking for a fun way to earn CEU credit hours while learning more about animals? Come to the Zoo and get TEKS-aligned activities to use in your classroom while also exploring the Zoo.
March 20 - Things That Go Bump in the Night
(Starts at 6:30 p.m.; All grades; 4 credits)
June 20 - Project Wild
(All grades; 5 credits)
July 11 - Bird Feather Identification
(Open to general public; you do not need to be a teacher to attend; 6 credits)
July 25 - Mythbusters! (all grades; 6 credits)
August 8 - Project Flying Wild (All grades; 6 credits)
*Please note: All Teacher Workshop registrations close out one week in advance of the event. *
Cost: Free to educators (No family members, please)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join our monthly teacher orientation for teachers BEFORE your trip to make sure your visit runs smoothly. Staff will provide information about buses, lunches and logistics. We will provide an overview of the Zoo and some suggestions to make your trip a great success. Enjoy a short tour of the Zoo to see any new exhibits or point out any new animals or births.
* Please note: Teacher Orientations close out 3 days before the event. *
$50 per participant
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights throughout the school year
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Groups of 20 (minimum) to 100 participants (Please call if your numbers are greater than 100)
Join our weekday school overnights and imagine sleeping along the riverbanks of Africa with the hippos and crocs active all night long! Our overnights include a small animal presentation, TEKS-aligned activities, a night tour of the Zoo and more. A light nighttime snack and morning breakfast are included, as well as admission to the Zoo the following morning. For more information, contact: [email protected] or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.
$25 refundable deposit upon return
Check out time is for 2 weeks
Looking for some extra tools to help support your lesson plans in the classroom? Check out one of our teacher trunks! Each specially designed TEKS-aligned trunk contains activities, supplies and learning tools to enhance your classroom setting. (Trunks must be picked up at the Zoo Education Center, delivery not available.) For more information, contact: [email protected] or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.
Grades K – 2
World of Animals
Grades 3 – 6
Animals Behaving Wildly
All Grades Biofacts (Skulls, skins and more!)
Behind the Scenes Career Tours
For: High School and University Students
$25 per participant (includes Zoo admission)
1.5 hours long
Looking for a unique way to learn about the different types of careers at the Zoo and to go behind-the-scenes to see our employees in action? Book a Behind-the-Scenes tour with your group and visit one of our departments to see what it takes to run the Zoo on a daily basis. Dates and times are dependent upon the department’s availability. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. For more information, contact: [email protected] or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.