At The Zoo
Interactive & Educational Experiences for Students
The Zoo offers a unique opportunity for learning and understanding wildlife, life sciences and conservation. The Zoological Society’s experienced educators know the Zoo and its animals inside and out! Turn a regular field trip into an amazing and interactive experience by booking one of our school programs at the Zoo today.
When school is out, our education programs keep going! During the summer, Kohl’s Wild Theater takes guests on a journey of imagination and story-telling through animal- and conservation-themed performances and interactions with guests at the Zoo.
Plan a Field Trip
A field trip to the Zoo is an adventure for all students. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to see animals they may never see in the wild and build a greater appreciation for the natural world. When choosing a field trip, schools have the opportunity to add an educational school program that enhances a teacher’s science curriculum. To amplify your next field trip to the Zoo, inquire below and our registration specialist will get in contact with you about adding an in-person school program! It’s as easy as booking the field trip with the Zoo and letting us know you want to add a program!
School Programs at the Zoo
School programs are available inside the Zoo for students in grades K3-8. These programs are a great add-on to a field trip experience and align with teaching curriculum to help satisfy science guidelines from Next Generation Science Standards and Wisconsin State Standards.
What to Expect
Zoological Society educators work to make each program age appropriate. For younger students, our programs include hands-on learning accompanied by activities or even songs. As students get older, the curriculum dives deeper into topics, to expand critical thinking capabilities and develop a stronger understanding of animals in the Zoo and in the wild. Some programs may even include a live animal or biofacts such as fur, teeth, or bone.
Inquire using the below form and our Registration Specialist will contact you. Schools will also need to book their field trip separately through the Zoo.
At Zoo Field Trip 1- to 1.25-Hour Educational Programs
30 students max in each program
$120 first program
$80 second program of the same type on the same day
At Zoo Field Trip 2-Hour Educational Programs
60 students max
Prices do not include Zoo admission. Schools will need to book their field trip separately through the Zoo.
Who Can Attend
Our programs can accommodate a variety of group sizes, up to 60 students. We do require a minimum of 1 adult per 10 children with a maximum of 5 adults, including the teacher. All children attending and participating in the program must be enrolled in that grade.
Limited scholarships are available to cover program costs for qualifying schools. Mark your interest on the Inquiry Form and we will contact you.
Our Field Trip Programs
Our school programs are full for this school year.
Please complete this interest form to be contacted when we are taking bookings for the 2023-2024 school year.
Can you run as fast as a cheetah or jump as far as a kangaroo? Find out as we hand out awards to the animal kingdom’s top athletes. Practice moving like your favorite animal athletes during an animal movement game! Program is one hour at the Zoo.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
Butterflies, spiders, bees and worms – which of these animals are insects and which are not? Discover the tricks to identify insects and create your own insect guide.
From gigantic giraffes to enormous elephants, learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa as you stomp into our savanna classroom. Touch real hides and horns and sing a song in Swahili, a native language of coastal Africa. Program is one hour. Available beginning March 1.
Is the animal a mammal, bird, reptile, fish or amphibian? Students will learn how scientists classify the 5 groups of vertebrates while examining real fur, feathers and scales. Create a classification decoder that you can use in the Zoo to find and classify animals. Program is one hour at the Zoo.
Hungry, Hungry Animals
Explore the Zoo as you learn about the wild world of animals and their favorite foods! Students will practice their map skills as they navigate to the four stations in the Zoo with their teachers and chaperones. They will meet knowledgeable educators and animals at various locations. This two-hour program is all outdoors so dress for walking in all sorts of weather.
What makes a habitat a home? It’s all about food, water, shelter, and space! From dodging predators to finding food, living in a habitat has its challenges. Come play the Animal Habitats Game as we investigate a variety of habitats to learn how animals survive in these habitats. Program is one hour and 15 minutes at the Zoo.
Animal Adaptations Lab
Come explore different animal adaptations at the Zoo! Discover which physical and behavioral adaptations help animals survive in habitats all over the world through interactive stations and hands-on learning. We’ll work together to think critically about how animals survive in the wild and get an up-close look at these animal superpowers. Program is one hour and 15 minutes at the Zoo.
Jaws, Claws, Paws
Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey. Learn through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons and teeth. We’ll take an active role in analyzing the predator-prey relationship and look at one of our Zoo predators up close! Program is one hour and 15 minutes at the Zoo.
Join us for a tour featuring the animals who call the Milwaukee County Zoo home! Make observations of the animals, discuss their habitats here and in the wild, and learn about conservation issues affecting them. The current focus of the tour is Wisconsin wildlife and water habitats, although we may be able to accommodate other requests. Class is one hour and 15 minutes at the Zoo.
Introduction to Animal Science Field Work
Take a deep dive in animal science and zoology by learning how to study the natural environment. Get an in-depth look at some of the Zoo’s animals, chart animal behavior with an ethogram, and head out in to the Zoo’s natural spaces to get hands-on experience in field work identifying and cataloging our local species! Class is one hour and 15 minutes at the Zoo.
“Thank you for providing programs like this to our youngest scholars. It helps so much with science and reading/language arts. Many of my scholars get a renewed joy of non-fiction reading and informational writing after programs like this.”
“This was our first class and we had a great time. It was perfect for my 4 and 6 year olds. The games/songs and hands on interaction were perfect and kept the class fun and fast paced. We will be back!!!”
“Wonderfully interactive, hands-on, and great artifacts. Wish I had time to create similar educational experiences in my classroom.”