Zoo News and Updates


Teachers & Schools

To register for a field trip please read the following information, then register below.

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.

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.

Zoo Visits

School Group Rate: $8/person
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. Check out the map for the Keeper Connection schedule. Students will be able to interact with the keepers and see them train or feed the animals. For the most enjoyable trip, schedule visits Monday through Wednesday when the Zoo is less crowded.

School Group Rate: $8/person (through June 7th)
Special Needs Adult (15 years and older): $7.50
Special Needs Child (Ages 3-14): $6.00

School field trip funding applications have closed for the current school year. Please check back in September 2014 to see if funds are available for the next school year.

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. 



Cost: $12/person
(One person must pay for the entire group; includes Zoo admission)

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:
LReynolds@sazoo.org or (210) 734-7184 ext.1504 for more information.

Click here for helpful information about Real.Wild.Classroom programs!


Summer Book Club
Join our newest club at the Zoo! Each month we will dive into a different book focusing on animals. Descriptions of each month’s selection can be found on our website page. Drop off program; parents are not required to stay.
Please read the book prior to attending the class, and bring your book on the day of the program.

Elementary Grades
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
$12/Member child
$18/Nonmember child

Jun. 18  (Charlotte's Web  By: E.B. White)
Jul. 16   (Rascal  By: Sterling White)
Aug. 20  (Trumpet of the Swan  By: E.B. White)


Home School Programs

Grades K-4
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $15/member adult and child; $25/nonmember adult and child; $10 extra participant (adult or child)
Read the description of each class on the registration page.

Feb. 12 - Animal Behavior
Mar. 7
- Nocturnal Tour (6:30pm start time; Must be 6 years old to attend; no strollers) 
Mar. 19 - Marvelous Monkeys
Mar. 21 - Nocturnal Tour (6:30pm start time; Must be 6 years old to attend; no strollers)
Apr. 16 - Animal Inventors
May 14 - Animal Nutrition (Must be 6 years old to attend; no younger siblings or strollers; afternoon class starts at 12:30 for this class only)


Teacher Workshops

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 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.

Feb. 21  Things That go Bump in the Night! 
(6 p.m. nocturnal tour; all grades; 4 credits)
May 10
  Beautiful Birds
(Elementary grades; 6 credits)
Jun. 14  Amazing Adaptations
              (Elementary grades; 6 credits)
Jun. 28  Bird Feather Identification
(Open to general public; 6 credits; *Discount codes not honored for this workshop*)
Jul. 12   Mythbusters!
(All grades; 6 credits)
Jul. 26   Project Growing up WILD! 
(Pre-K & Kindergarden; 4 credits; half day program; *Discount codes not honored for this workshop* )
Aug. 2   Awesome Africa
(All grades; 6 credits)
Aug. 8   Africa Live! Teacher Overnight
               ($50/person; All grades; 6 credits; teachers only)
Aug. 16  Project Flying WILD
               (All grades; 6 credits; *Discount codes not honored for this workshop*)

*Please note: All Teacher Workshop registrations close out one week in advance. * 


Teacher Orientations

Cost: Free to educators (No family members, please)
Time: 9:00 a.m. -10:30am

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.

Saturday, Mar. 1
Saturday, Apr. 5
Saturday, May 3

* Please note: Teacher Orientations close out 3 days before the event. *




School Overnights

$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:
LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.



Teacher Trunks

$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:
LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.

Themes include: 

Grades K – 2 
Feathered Friends  
World of Animals 

Grades 3 – 6 
African Safari 
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:
LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.