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  • Zoo School

    Wildest Classroom in Town!

    ZOOrific tours
    Guided tours of the Zoo – We make visiting the zoo educational as well as fun

    A zoo educator or a trained volunteer will lead your class around the zoo, making stops at an animal exhibit that illustrates program themes. The educator will give insights on the animals, share biofacts and engage students in simple activities. Each program will also incorporate a live animal presentation. Each tour last about one hour and is designed for groups of 35 students or less.

    Our guided tours are set up for kindergarten through adults, and you must make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance. The program lasts about 1 hour. We offer 3 specialized tours listed below.

    Claws and Jaws
    Zoo educators will focus on both the Zoo’s fiercest and most timid animals. Your class will visit the Zoo to learn about predator and prey animals and how they fit into an ecosystem’s food chain. Students will explore the ways that predators hunt for food and prey avoids becoming someone else’s lunch. They will learn about adaptations that animals have that help them survive in their habitat. A walking tour will include touchable biofacts and live animal presentations.
    Fee: $2 per person in addition to general admission fees. Minimum fee: $30

    Tales of Scales
    Take an up close look at the scaly and slimy creatures that are found in the zoo’s herpetarium. Learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians, the unique abilities some have to survive and capture food and why some are disappearing from the wild. This program will feature examples of various reptiles and amphibians and include a special opportunity to touch a live snake.
    Fee: $2 per person in addition to general admission fees. Minimum fee $30

    Zoo Explorer
    A great tour that is best for senior groups, scout troops and others wishing for a casual and relaxed exploration of the zoo. You will see and learn fascinating facts about a variety of animals found at the zoo.  A special close up visit with a live animal is included.
    Fee: $2 per person in addition to general admission fees. Minimum fee $30

    Safari Theater
    This 30-minute program can enhance your zoo visit by introducing your students to a variety of live animals in an intimate and up-close experience in our outdoor theater. Zoo educators will present several live animals and discuss behavior, adaptations and characteristics of several of our educational animals including a mammal, reptile and bird.
    Fee: $2.00 per person in addition to general zoo admission. Minimum fee $30.00
    Maximum number of participants for a Safari Theater program is 80 people.

    On Your Own Visits
    Self-guided tours give students and teachers a chance to explore the Zoo on their own using scavenger hunt sheets to search for clues and answer questions concerning each group of animals. The “Scavenger Hunt” sheets are available to download for teachers who then can make copies of the sheets for their students prior to coming to the Zoo.  Bring pencils and clipboards. 

    Fee: General admission to the zoo *
           $4 adult (ages 13 -61)
           $3 senior (ages 62 and up)
           $2 child (ages 3-12)
    No maximum or minimum requirements. Schools must call to pre-register for general field trips.
    * Group rates available for groups of 20 or more. Group rate is $1 per person (including teachers and chaperones)        

    Availability of ZOOschool Programs:
    Days: Programs are available Tuesday – Saturday.

    Times: Available 9:30am – 4pm

    Length: Approximately one hour

    Group Size: Maximum of 35 people for zoo tours. Maximum of 80 people for a Safari Theater program.

    Grade Level:  K-5 but can each program can be adjusted for higher-grade levels

    Cost:
     Zoo Tours  $2.00 per person plus general admission rate.  Minimum fee of$30.
    Safari Theater    $2.00 per person plus general admission rate. Minimum fee of $30.
    Self guided tours   General admission rate. No minimum fee or maximum group size
    Pre-registration is required for all field trips.

    Payment: Payment must be made by the day of your visit. Please designate one person from your group to come to the admissions window to make the payment. Make checks payable to the City of Amarillo. Cash, company checks, credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover). School Purchase orders are accepted – please bring a copy of your approved P.O form or number.

    Registration: Call the Amarillo Zoo at 806-381-7911 to reserve your program date. Field trips must be booked at least 2 weeks on advance. Please be prepared with the following information: Preferred date plus 1 or 2 alternative dates, group name, mailing address, contact person’s name and phone number, email, fax number, age/grade level of group, number of students and number of adults.