Learning & Engagement

Out of an abundance of caution, the Zoo has made the difficult decision to cancel on-site Education programming for Summer 2020, including Creature Camp Out overnights and Zoo Camp. While we hold these programs as close to our hearts as we know you do, our responsibility is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff, guests, and animals are our top priority. Even though we won't see you for camps and classes this summer, we are committed to bringing the zoo education experience to you by providing fun at-home activities for everyone to enjoy. For more on the Zoo’s COVID-19 response, click here.

The Education Division exists to support the L.A. Zoo’s mission of Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience.

Education runs through every area of the Zoo, connecting visitors with our conservation messages through a variety of fun, engaging programs, creating stewards of wildlife. The Education Division commits to developing programs that are accessible, purposeful, relevant, and that meet the needs of our diverse audiences and high educational standards.

The Los Angeles Zoo’s Education Division delivers programs that are enjoyable, educational, and inspirational. In this section you will find a list of current programs. We want you to come join us!

Nature Tries

Introducing fun, flexible ways to connect with nature no matter where you are or what your comfort level is. Use our ideas as a starting point, and make each Nature Try your own. Share your experience with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #NatureTries. We can’t wait to see what you try!

Zoo Camplettes

Zoo Camp is one of our favorite times of the year. This summer is a little different, but kids still need animals, adventures, and mentors to inspire them. We’re pleased to share Zoo Camplettes: four fun activity packs that each explore a different Zoo theme.

Virtual Field Trips


Join us for a virtual field trip to your Los Angeles Zoo. The L.A. Zoo is an amazing place to experience nature. This field trip can be used by anyone, including teachers, guardians, and students. Use our Virtual Field Trip Guide to help you find the things you need to make this the perfect experience for you. Have fun exploring!


Acompáñanos en una excursión virtual por tu zoológico de Los Ángeles. El zoológico de Los Ángeles es un lugar increíble para experimentar con la naturaleza. Esta excursión puede ser utilizada por cualquier persona, incluyendo maestros, tutores y estudiantes. Utiliza nuestra Guía de viaje de excursión (próximamente) para ayudar a encontrar lo que necesitas para crear la experiencia perfecta para ti. ¡Diviértete explorando!


What we've been able to accomplish

  • More than 3,000 children from underserved schools to enjoy an all-expenses paid field trip to the Zoo (ZooPals)
  • More than 50 children to be awarded full scholarships for one week of Zoo Camp
  • Eight high school students to participate in a real in-situ animal conservation field study programs
  • The docent outreach program to reach more than 20,000 people in over 250 schools, libraries and special needs institutions

Contributors include

  • Brotman Foundation of California
  • BCM Foundation
  • Duttenhaver Fund
  • The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
  • Georgina Fredrick Children’s Foundation
  • Joseph Drown Foundation
  • Los Angeles Federal Credit Union
  • Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Macy’s
  • Mark Hughes Foundation
  • Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation
  • Union Bank Foundation
  • U.S. Bank
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation
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