Zoo News and Updates


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.

Zoo Visits

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
Special Needs Adult (15 years and older): $7.50
Special Needs Child (Ages 3-14): $6.00

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: cearman@sazoo.org or (210) 734-7184 ext.1505 for more information.

Offered Tuesdays-Fridays
Available through June 6th (for 2014-2015 academic year)  Other days available upon request
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) 

Dec. 17   Big Cat, Little Cat
Jan. 14 
  Animal Enrichment
Feb. 6     Owl Prowl 
                (6:30 p.m. start time; Must be 6 years old to attend; no strollers)
Feb. 11   Zoo Vet Careers 

Feb. 12  Zoo Vet Careers AM Class 


Teacher Workshops

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.

Dec. 13
  A to Z at the Zoo!
  (Starts at 9:30 a.m.; Pre-K and Kindergarten grades; 4 credits)
Jan. 17  Teacher Keeper Shadow Experience
              (Starts at 9:00 a.m.; Limited to 12 participants; All grades; 4 credits)
Feb. 13  Things That Go Bump in the Night
(Starts at 6 p.m.; all grades; 4 credits)

*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. - 10:30 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.

Dec. 6
Jan. 10
Feb. 7
Mar. 7
Apr. 4
May 2

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



Career Day

Feb. 21 - Elementary Career Day (Grades 1-5)

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
$15/Member adult & child
$25/Nonmember adult & child
$10 Extra Participant (adult or child)

Interested in a career at the Zoo or working with animals? Spend the morning with Zoo staff learning about what they do, requirements of the job, plus the challanges and rewards of working with animals. 
(Everyone in the program must be a paying participant and accompanied by an adult.  Students must be at least 6 years old to attend the program.)



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:
cearman@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1505.



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:
cearman@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1505.

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:
cearman@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1505.