Special Needs Outreach Program
The Special Needs Outreach Program is specifically created to reach out to individuals who cannot easily visit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Our trained docents will bring small, live animals and other touchable items to your facility. This program is specially designed for an audience located at schools having classrooms for children with disabilities, hospitals, daycare centers (adult and children), and nursing homes.
Using the outreach vehicle, our docents will come to your location. This program is about 30 minutes long and is tailored to the abilities of the audience. Audience members will meet some wild creatures and discover how they adapt and thrive within a complex habitat. The docents will explain the unique aspects of the animal’s adaptations, behavior, diet, and abilities. The discussions are designed to be participatory and tactile.
These visits are subject to availability and completely free to your organization.
To answer your questions or to make a reservation for a visit, contact the Los Angeles Zoo Docent office at (323) 644-4702 or by email to [email protected]. Please allow 4–6 weeks’ scheduling time.
Classroom Safari and Speakers Bureau
Host a Los Angeles Zoo Docent in your classroom or community group for a wildlife presentation. Docents will speak on a variety of topics with the aid of digital images, biofacts, and educational activities.
You may select 1-5 topics or suggest your own topic to compliment the class curriculum or group interest. Each topic requires a one-hour presentation.
To sign up for a Classroom Safari or Speakers Bureau or to answer your questions, please contact the Los Angeles Zoo Docent Office at (323) 644-4702 or email [email protected]. Please provide 4–6 weeks’ notice for scheduling and note that all participants must be at least four years of age.
There is no charge for these programs.