Can't bring your group to the Zoo? We'll come to you.

Our teachers will bring live animals, biofacts and animal expertise to your classroom for a wild lesson.

The outreach program is available weekdays between 9:00 a.m.and 4 p.m. Weekend and evening hours are available on a limited basis with adequate notice.  These programs are available for ages 3 and older.


To schedule a Zoo Van program call 419.385.5721, ext. 2042.

Outreach Program Guidelines:

Register early; these programs fill quickly.
When scheduling your program, please have the following information ready:
  • Contact person’s name
  • Address and telephone number of school, organization or contact person
  • Program or service requested
  • Date and time desired
Programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance, but we recommend scheduling your Outreach Program as far in advance as possible.
The Zoo Van does not bring live animals when the temperatures are too cold or too hot. We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule a program due to staff illness or inclement weather.

A maximum of three hours can be scheduled per day. Participants must be three years old or older. Please schedule for groups of approximately 35 students.

30-minute Outreach Programs

Introduce STEM and life science topics with 30-minute programs that are aligned to state standards.  Every program features a Zoo Educator, 2 live animals and hands-on exploration of preserved animal pieces.  Programs are designed for groups up to 35 students.

Program themes

• Predators and Prey
• Camouflage and Color
• Scales, Feathers, and Fur
• Mammals
• Birds
• Reptiles and Amphibians
• Insects and Invertebrates
• Animal Needs
• Zoo Careers
• Preschool Story Safari (includes a choice of 4 different stories)

Lucas County pricing: $40 for first program, $30 for additional programs
Adjacent county pricing: $50 for first program, $40 for additional programs
Other county pricing: $60 for first program, $50 for additional programs

60-minute Outreach Programs

Explore a topic in detail with activities and experiments.  Every program features a Zoo Educator, 3 live animals, and hands-on exploration of preserved animal pieces.  Programs are designed for groups up to 35 students.  These experiences are designed for 1 hour, but can be presented in 45 minutes.

Program themes

• Animal Classification
• Habitats: Rainforests, Oceans, and Deserts
• Native Animals
• Endangered Species
• Food Chains
• Amazing Adaptations
• Animal Inquiry Experiment
• Make Your Own
by combining two 30 minute topics from above

Lucas County pricing: $60 for first program, $40 for additional programs
Adjacent county pricing: $70 for first program, $50 for additional programs
Other county pricing: $80 for first program, $60 for additional programs

Festivals, Fairs and Community Events

Want to add something wild to your school fair or community festival?  The Zoo offers special programming for large audience events.  The Festival Outreach programs feature three live animals from the Zoo and a table display of preserved animal pieces.  For a small additional fee, the Zoo can bring out its traveling touch tank in place of one animal.  This program is reserved in hour-long increments for up to 3 hours.

Lucas County pricing: $75 for first hour, $25 for additional hours
Adjacent county pricing: $100 for first hour, $50 for additional hours
Other county pricing: $125 for first hour, $50 for additional hours
Add a touch tank component: $25 per hour

Assembly Shows

These audience participation shows are sure to wow your students as they explore the world of animals.  Programs are designed for groups of 50-300 students.  These experiences are one hour.

Program themes

o Zooper Challenge
 $250 for first presentation, $125 for second presentation
o General Large Group Assembly for up to 150 (choose a topic from the 60-minute Outreach section)
 $100 for first presentation, $50 for second presentation

How else can we bring the Zoo to you?

Assembly Programs
Thinking about having a BIG production to engage the minds of a BIG audience at your school or organization? Try one of our wildly entertaining and informative Assembly Programs. Learn more

Distance Learning Programs
Our distance learning programs work great for audiences down the street or across the country! If you have the equipment, we have several fun, interactive programs that will keep your audiences engaged and smiling. Learn more