School Services

The San Francisco Zoo offers educational programs for all grade levels, from pre-K through 12th grade. Our programs support common core standards and take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring life sciences.

Virtual ZooMobile: Classroom Connection

Virtual ZooMobile: Family Fridays

Virtual ZooMobile: On Demand

Docent-guided Tours

Teacher Resources

Virtual ZooMobile Programs!

For many students, meeting a tortoise, snake, or chinchilla in their classroom can be the highlight of their school year! Virtual ZooMobiles offer a variety of ways to participate in an up-close encounter with animals via Zoom, or via video download. Programs are designed to complement the Next Generation Science Standards curriculum, and bring students into the wild world of animals and their habitats.

Please browse the offerings below and decide which is right for you! To view our ZooMobile program brochure with lesson descriptions, click here.

Virtual ZooMobile Lesson Topics:

Home Sweet Habitat - K, 2, 3, 4, 5

Climate Change Conundrum - 3, 4, 5, MS, HS

Coming Soon:

Zig, Zag, Zoom! - PreK and TK
How Animals Grow - 1, 3, 4
Backbone Bingo - 2, 3, 4, MS, HS
Shifting the Balance - 5, MS, HS
Zoo Careers - MS, HS

Virtual ZooMobile: Classroom Connection!

This up to 60-minute interactive program mimics our traditional ZooMobile offering, and is intended to augment distance learning for traditional classroom groups (maximum 35 students). One Zoo staff member will lead the lesson, live, and introduce at least 5 animals throughout the lesson. A second staff member will monitor the chatbox so we can take student questions as they come in and tailor the lesson to their interests!

Have a Question?
e-mail zoomobile@sfzoo.org

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10:30am and 2:30pm

Fees:
SFUSD schools: $120 per presentation
All other schools: $150 per presentation


Virtual ZooMobile: Family Fridays!

Would you like your family to log in and enjoy a lesson delivered live by ZooMobile team from the comfort of your own home, complete with animal ambassadors? We have reserved Fridays for families! Up to 4 families will be able to log into our interactive programs at each scheduled appointment.

Have a Question?
e-mail zoomobile@sfzoo.org

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
Fridays
10:30am and 2:30pm

Fees:
SFZS members: $35 per family
Non-members: $50 per family


Virtual ZooMobile: On Demand

Having trouble gathering your students all at once? Want a fun video to share with your family? Virtual ZooMobile: On Demand offers 20-30 minute videos based loosely on our popular ZooMobile lessons. Video access will be granted for one week, starting on a date of your choice, and will come with an accompanying activity packet. For an extra fee, you can add a 20 minute LIVE Q & A with a member of our San Francisco Zoo Education Department to see what you’ve learned and answer any animal questions you may have!

**Delivery within 5 business days of your desired date.

Have a Question?
e-mail zoomobile@sfzoo.org

Click Here to Order

Class Days/Times:
On demand!

Video link and activity packet will be delivered within 5 business days of desired delivery.

Fees:
SFZS members: $15 per download
Non-members: $25 per download

Additional Services:
Interested in adding a live Q&A?: $50

ZooMobile staff will be in touch to schedule your Q&A session following submittal of your registration.

Docent-Guided Tours

Our docent guides lead educational walking tours for grades 1st-12th for groups of 15 to 40 students plus chaperones. Tours are available Monday-Friday during the months of September through March. If you are interested in adding a Docent Tour to your visit, please book the tour at least 4 weeks in advance of your planned visit.

Tour topics include:
Amazing Adaptations (1.5 hours, best for grades 1-4, and 6)
African Animals (1.5 hours, best for grades 1,3,4, and 6)
Environments and Habitats (1.5 hours, best for grades 1-4, 6, and 7)
Shifting the Balance (1.5 hours, best for grades 3,4,6,7, and 9-12)

Have a Question?
e-mail zooguide@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7122

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic docent tours will be suspended until further notice. 

Please revisit this page for updates on potential virtual docent tours.


Teacher Resources

Looking for field trip materials? Biology lessons? Home school projects? Wild About Art and Science Contest details? Find helpful in-class, pre-visit, Zoo day, and post-visit Educator Guides and Activities on our Teacher Resources page.