Children's Programs

Whether your children are one, 17, or any age in between, the Zoo offers educational programs designed specifically to meet their needs as well as support the mission of the Zoo.

Young Children

Older Children

Scouts

Teens

Volunteer Programs

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children

Little Learners

18 months - 3½ year olds & 1 accompanying adult

Year-round

Little Learners is designed for young learners and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, an education animal visitor and an experience full of exciting discoveries. Although mostly structured, all activities are optional which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Little Learners song sheet.

Upcoming Series Details:

Fall II 2017 - Registration Open!
Week 1 November 1 - 4 Silly Sea Lions
Week 2 November 8 - 11 Sassy Squirrels
Week 3 November 15 - 18 Dazzling Ducks
No Class November 22 - 25 No Class
Week 4 November 29 - December 2 Terrific Turkeys
Week 5 December 5 - 9 Romping Reindeer
Week 6 December 12 - 16 Playful Penguins

Winter I 2018 - Registration Opens December 7, 2017 at 1:00pm
Week 1 January 3 - 6 Silent Snow Leopards
Week 2 January 10 - 13 Rollicking Red Pandas
Week 3 January 17 - 20 Loud Lions
Week 4 January 24 - 27 Wily Wolverines
Week 5 Jan 31 - Feb 3 Giant Giraffes
Week 6 February 7 - 10 Leaping Lemurs

Have a Question?

e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Click Here to Register

Children may attend one class time per week.*

Little Learners 18 months - 2 ½ years
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Fridays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1½ - 3 ½ years)

Little Learners 2 ½ - 3 ½ years
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1½ - 3 ½ years)


Fees:
Members $25 per class per child

Non-members $35 per class per child

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for 1 adult and 1 child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.


Animal Adventures

3½ - 4½ year olds & 1 accompanying adult

Year-round

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is designed for 3½ - 4½ year-olds and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Animal Adventures song sheet.

Upcoming Series Details:

Fall II 2017 - Registration Open!
Week 1 October 31 or November 3 W is for Wallaby
Week 2 November 7 or 10 Y is for Yak
Week 3 November 14 or 17 Z is for Zebra
No Class November 21 or 24 No Class
Week 4 Nov 28 or Dec 1 A is for Anteater
Week 5 December 5 or 8 B is for Bee
Week 6 December 12 or 15 C is for Coati

Winter I 2018 - Registration Opens December 5, 2017 at 1:00pm
Week 1 January 2 or 5 D is for Donkey
Week 2 January 9 or 12 E is for Eagle
Week 3 January 16 or 19 F is for Flamingo
Week 4 January 23 or 26 G is for Giraffe
Week 5 Jan 30 or Feb 2 H is for Hippo
Week 6 February 6 or 9 I is for Ibis

Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Click Here to Register

Children may attend one class time per week.*

Animal Adventures 3 ½ - 4 ½ years

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fees:
Members $25 per class per child

Non-members $35 per class per child

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for 1 adult and 1 child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.


SF Tots @ SF Zoo

1 ½ - 3 ½ years

SF Tots joins forces with the SF Zoo! Using a variety of fun games to engage kids in physical activity, SF Tots classes are designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, and self-confidence. Classes are focused on providing a fun, noncompetitive environment for soccer-based fun and games. Caregiver attendance is mandatory.

2017 - 2018 Dates:
Fall Season: September 5 - November 21
Winter Season: December 5 - February 13 (no class December 26)

Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Click Here to Register via SF Tots

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays

18 months - 2 ½ years: 10:15 - 10:55am
2 ½ years - 3 ½ years: 11:00 - 11:40am


Fees:
10-week session $195

Must be a Zoo Member or pay Zoo Admission in addition to the cost of class.

*Pre-registration required.



Young Zoologists

5 - 7 Years Old

Drop-off program

Our Young Zoologists love learning about amazing animal and habitat classifications and what makes each group unique. Activities include crafts, games, Zoo walks, a special Zoo Keeper talk and snack.

2017-18 Dates - Registration Open!

November 18 - Beautiful Birds
December 16 - Amazing Antarctica
January 20 - Astonishing Africa
February 17 - Awesome Asia
March 17 - Engaging Europe
April 21 - Adaptive Australia
May 19 - Advantageous Amphibians

Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month (Sept - May)
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Fees:
SFZS Members $30 per class
Non-members: $35 per class
*Pre-registration required.


Classes for Older Children

Conservation Club

8 - 11 Years Old

Conservation Club is currently taking a break with the aim of restructuring the program to make meetings more engaging, hands-on, and rooted in real-time conservation projects. Please check back in Summer 2018 for updates about 2018 – 2019 registration.

The mission of the Conservation Club is to learn about our natural world, complete conservation actions together, and be empowered to help educate others. Nurture budding conservationists through discussions with peers and professionals, Zoo explorations, and themed activities.


Have a Question?
e-mail conservationclub@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Fees:
SFZS Members $30 per class
Non-members: $35 per class
*Pre-registration required.


Scouts

The San Francisco Zoo offers a unique setting for Bay Area Girl Scouts to complete patch or Journey requirements. Working on a patch or Journey not covered by one of our existing programs? Contact scouts@sfzoo.org and we'll customize a program to meet your needs.

Daisy Garden Party for Daisies
April 7, 2018
May 6, 2018

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
March 10, 2018
April 22, 2018

Playground Scientists for Brownies
December 9, 2017
January 27, 2018

Who's Who at the SF Zoo for all Girl Scouts ages 5 and older
By appointment year-round

Animal Behavior WildNight for Juniors and older (also available as a daytime class)
October 21-22, 2017
March 24-25, 2018
May 19-20, 2018

For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other community groups, check out our group overnights or twilight tours!

Have a Question?
e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2017-2018 Girl Scout Programs Flyer

Fees (per participant):
Daisy Garden Party $30

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $35

Playground Scientists $35

Who's Who at the SF Zoo $35

Animal Behavior daytime class $45

Animal Behavior WildNight $80

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo.


Teens

For more information on the Zoo’s amazing teen volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer Programs page.