School Visits

School Unless Contest
Planning a Field Trip
Onsite Lessons/Home School Programs
Teacher Resources
Second Nature School Program
Second Nature School Activities


"It was so much fun to watch the students’ reactions when completing their scavenger hunt and having an opportunity to observe the animals in person and make different connections of why they’re endangered based from their research. Thanks again for your efforts, and I look forward again to reconnecting in the future about ways to collaborate together." - Bill Fikioris, Erdenheim Elementary

"Thank you for our amazing trip yesterday!  Your staff was extremely helpful and great with our kids.  We really appreciate all of the work that you do and the fact that our students can have these experiences due to your program.  Many of them had never been to a zoo before and were elated to be there and learn about the animals and conservation programs." - Jessica Donahue, Harrison-Morton Middle School

"I teach a course in informal science learning at the College of New Jersey for preservice teachers. For the past two years, we have visited the zoo as part of our course, and each time, the students have raved about the excellent educators at the zoo. Each staff member we came across was knowledgeable, friendly, and approachable. They engaged me, my students, and many visitors (children and adults) that we observed on our trip in meaningful science learning in a fun, informal environment." - Lauren Madden, Ph.D., The College of New Jersey

The Philadelphia Zoo offers a rich variety of formal PreK-12 programming to meet your curriculum needs. From onsite classes and tours to our Unless Contest, these curriculum-focused programs provide numerous possibilities for 21st Century learning including science, technology, math, social studies and specifically address the common core as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware academic standards.

UNLESS Contest

Rethink Recycling in this cross-curricular project-based learning opportunity.