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: On Demand

Docent-guided Tours

Teacher Resources

Virtual ZooMobile!

For many students, meeting a tortoise, snake, or chinchilla in their classroom can be the highlight of their school year! Virtual ZooMobile offers a way to experience an up-close encounter with animals via pre-recorded video content. The On Demand program is designed to complement the Next Generation Science Standards curriculum, and bring students into the wild world of animals and their habitats.

To view our (pre-pandemic) 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
Shifting the Balance - 5, MS, HS

Coming Soon:

How Animals Grow - 1, 3, 4

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 be delivered 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!

*Purchase should be made at least one week from desired delivery date. We cannot guarantee prompt delivery with short notice. 

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Class Days/Times:

Video link and activity packet will be sent at least one day prior to delivery date with proper notice.

SFZS members: $15 per video 
Non-members: $25 per video

Additional Services:
Live Q&A: $50

ZooMobile staff will reach out 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 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.