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School & Group Outreach

The Tulsa Zoo’s school and group outreach programs encourage curiosity about the natural world while helping students, scouts and participants become environmentally conscientious and scientifically literate scholars.

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Note:  Submitting a request does not guarantee your program.   You will receive a confirmation of your program after receiving and processing your request.

Each component of the outreach program seamlessly blends environmental education with science, math, language arts, reading, fine arts and even history to provide teachers with resources and information that are both educational and FUN. Created and presented by trained zoo professionals, our programs and resources combine current information, technology, and activities.

All programs meet the current Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Receive a 10 percent discount for each additional program scheduled on the same day, up to a maximum of three programs.

School Districts inside the Zoo Radius:

Allen-Bowden, Anderson, Avant, Beggs, Bixby, Bristow, Broken Arrow, Caney Valley, Catoosa, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Haskell, Inola, Jenks, Justus-Tiawah, Kellyville, Kiefer, Leonard, Mannford, Mounds, Oologah-Talala, Owasso, Pretty Water, Prue, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Tulsa, Twin Hills, Union and Wagoner

If your school district is beyond 30 miles of the Tulsa Zoo, please email for pricing.

Program Topics

  • Pre-Kindergarten

    COLORS AND SHAPES OF NATURE – Review basic colors and geometric shapes found in nature while discovering why things in nature may look the way they do.

    NATURE SENSE – Look through the different eyes of the animals and listen to their sounds while learning about their place in the environment.

  • Kindergarten

    NATURE SENSE – Take an advanced look at how animals perceive their world through activities and lessons directed towards young learners.

    ANIMAL TALES – Connect stories to science by reading and learning about plants and animals all around us. You can choose from between Colorful Critters, How Animals Move, Talk Like an Animal or Homes and Habitats as an emphasis.

  • First Grade

    UNDERCOVER CREATURES- Take a look behind the curtain and see why animals may look the way they do in order to hide or stand out in nature.

    SUITED FOR THE SEASONS – As the seasons change, animals and plants prepare for the weather to come. See how some native and exotic animals and plants prepare for the seasons of the year. You can choose from between a Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer emphasis.

    WATCH ME GROW – Animals grow in many different ways, some hatch from eggs and some are born live. Some undergo metamorphosis and some are miniature adults. Learn about some of the amazing differences in how baby animals grow.

  • Second Grade

    GLOBE TROTTERS – Travel the world while never leaving the school discovering familiar and exotic lands with unusual plants and animals. You can choose from Hot and Cold Places or Wet Places as an emphasis.

    ROCKS AND MINERALS – They are all around us and under our feet. Students will discover how rocks are made and what they are made of. Plus, how valuable rocks are to plants, animals and people’s survival.

    WHAT IS A VERTEBRATE? It is a long word that means a lot. Vertebrates are animals with backbones that differ in many ways from each other. Find out what how vertebrates and invertebrates differ and their amazing adaptations for survival.

  • Third Grade

    GLOBE TROTTERS – As an extension to the second grade program; Globe Trotters, compares the contrast between different environments around the world and how each environment has similar components such as producers and comsumers. You can choose from between Life in the Desert or Rainforest as an emphasis.

    TAKING FLIGHT, DAY OR NIGHT – Learn about some of our winged friends. There are all types of animals that fly besides birds including some mammals and insects. Find out different ways animals can fly and how they different in the day and night.

  • Fourth Grade

    OKLAHOMA WILD – Forget Africa or the rainforest, Oklahoma is WILD all by itself! Discover the amazing plants and animals that live in our own state.

    GLOBE TROTTERS – Another extension of the second and third grade programs, now students will begin to discuss environmental issues around the world and how they can connect to our lives in Oklahoma.

    AMAZING ADAPTATIONS – Animals have amazing adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Learn about some of these adaptations that help them find and/or catch their food.

  • Fifth Grade

    IT’S GREAT TO BE GREEN – Conservation starts as a conversation. Let’s open the discussion on how to promote conservation right here. Students will be encouraged to create conservation plans and learn about successful conservation stories that have helped saved species all over the world.

    TRADER SCHOOL – Discovery is all around you. Students will begin to understand the diversity and interconnectedness of things in nature from rocks to plants to animals while learning how to closely observe things they find outside. This program is based off of the Nature Exchange trading program at the Tulsa Zoo.

    NO SWEAT, I’M ECTOTHERMIC! – Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish have some interesting qualities in common. They don’t sweat or shiver! Find out how these cool animals stay warm and cool off.

  • Middle School

    THE BIG BLUE PICTURE – The things we do and choices we make here in Oklahoma does affect wildlife on the other side of the world. Students will begin to broaden their scope of home to see how they can make a positive difference.

    CSI ZOO – Students will use knowledge of science, chemistry, physics, fine arts, mathematics and deductive reasoning to solve “crime scenes” based on actual crimes against nature. (To complete the unit, one field trip is required to participate in the crime scenes. Due to the supplies and intense curriculum this program is offered at a slightly elevated price.)

  • High School

    SUITED FOR SURVIVAL – Animals are equipped with many diverse adaptations to enhance their chances of survival. Students will learn about unique adaptations and survival strategies animals use in the wild.

    CSI ZOO – A more advanced version of the Middle School CSI Zoo: students will use knowledge of science, chemistry, physics, fine arts, mathematics and deductive reasoning to solve mock crime scenes based on actual crimes against nature. (To complete the unit, one field trip is required to participate in the crime scenes. Due to the supplies and intense curriculum this program is offered at a slightly elevated price.)

    IF I RAN THE ZOO – Students will learn exactly what it takes to run a zoo from animal care to the finances and requirements of running a large recreational park including managing endangered species.

  • College

    ZOO ECOLOGY – You can take a walk around the world in one afternoon when you spend it at the zoo. This tour introduces students to the diversity of the world as portrayed throughout the zoo.

    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS – This is like a mini-professional development for teachers. Pre-service teachers will learn some tricks-of-the-trade for teaching environmental education while blending it into other content areas.

    WILD ADAPTATIONS – Easily adjusted for different disciplines, this program offers a more detailed view of plant and animal adaptations for survival. Specific content pertaining to adaptations will be custom tailored to fit the curricular needs of your group.

  • Adult Organizations

    WHAT’S NEW AT THE ZOO – Your group will learn all about where we have been and what we are planning for the future. This is a great open discussion format program designed to stimulate conversation and reminiscing about seeing the zoo in years past.

    LIFE IN THE RAINFOREST – If you have ever wanted to travel to exotic lands, this program is for you. We will bring the best of the rainforest to you and be happy to converse about the biology and ecology of this fascinating environment.

The Tulsa Zoo Reserves the right to pause or stop a program in the instance it becomes unsafe for the animal, audience, instructor and/or biofacts. Programs may also be canceled due to severe weather. Additional topics and programs are available upon request. Please email for more information.