Zoo Educational Programs Overview

The Toledo Zoo Education department prides itself on the quality of our programs. We strive to create learning experiences that meet academic standards at both the state and national levels. We develop learning materials and activities that are inquiry-based, fun, and challenging for students of all ages. We can host your classes at the Zoo and we can also come to your campus with our Outreach programs or Assembly Programs. We offer live, interactive distance learning courses for schools with the necessary equipment, so whether you’re across town or across the country, we can meet you in person! Teachers also enjoy our Teacher Workshops which can help challenge them professionally while helping them with activity ideas and increase their awareness of wildlife.

Programs on Zoo Grounds

On-Grounds Programs
Take a look at the great assortment of lessons and activites we offer, including our new tours and animal meet and greet opportunities. Learn more

Field Trips
Field trips to The Toledo Zoo are great experiences for students and teachers!  Learn more
Lunch options also available.

Nature’s Neighborhood
Nature’s Neighborhood is the Zoo’s year-round children’s zoo where kids learn through play. Each day Nature’s Neighborhood has great opportunities for fun, learning, and exploration! (FREE with regular Zoo admission). Learn more

Scavenger Hunts
Gathering information throughout the Zoo is a fun and thorough learning experience!  Learn more

The Zoo at Your Location

Outreach Programs
These programs are perfect for single classrooms or small groups.  Learn more

Assembly Programs
These productions are great for large audiences with multiple grades.  Learn more

Assembly Shows

These audience participation shows are sure to wow your students as they explore the world of animals.  Programs are aligned to state standards and feature theatrical elements in addition to live animals from the Zoo.  Programs are designed for groups of 100-300 students.  These experiences are one hour.

Program themes
  o Zooper Challenge
 $250 for first presentation, $125 for second presentation
o Animal Extravaganza
 $125 for first presentation, $50 for second presentation

Create Your Own Topic
Yes, we can create custom topics for your group—call us to discuss your needs. Note:

Distance Learning
If your school is equipped for this technology, we have several fun, interactive lessons to choose from!  Learn more

Other Services Offered

Teacher Workshops
Our workshops are a great way for educators to find new activity ideas, teaching techniques, and increased awareness of wildlife. Learn more

Zoo Snoozin’
This is an opportunity to try an overnight program at The Zoo that will offer a distinctive experience for your students, school clubs, etc.  Learn more

Learning Resources
Take a look at our free lessons and activities that you can download and try as part of your classroom or home schooling experience.  Learn more