The Education Department pursues the Zoo’s mission to “Inspire Passion for the Natural World” through innovative educational programming and exciting “hands-on” and “minds-on” activities that encourage and promote lifelong learning.
The Birmingham Zoo offers enriching educational opportunities for people of all ages! Scroll down to view the Zoo’s wide variety of interactive learning programs.
Wild About Painted Dogs Student Art Competition
Birmingham area students are invited to participate in the Zoo’s First Annual Conservation Student Art Competition. This year’s competition will focus on painted dogs, also known as African wild dogs. Students in K-8th grade may submit artwork throughout the month of April. Entries may be mailed to the Zoo or dropped at the Zoo Membership Office after 3 pm. If mailed, entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2014.
Winning artists from each grade level grouping will be notified on May 12 and then recognized at the 9th annual ZooRun on May 17, 2014. Each winner will receive a complimentary Family Fun Day at the Birmingham Zoo, and one overall winner will receive a week in Zoofari Camp and a Zoo to You Animal Encounter for their classroom.
See Contest Details for additional information. (Link to Contest Details)
Click here for more information on the Painted Dog Student Art Competition.
New Class Offering!
Sunset Safari Classes
Sundays, 6:30 – 7:30pm
April 13, 2014 Ages 10-12
April 27, 2014 Ages 7-9
May 11, 2014 Ages 5-7
These unique classes offer an opportunity to see what the Zoo animals do when everyone goes home. Each age group will enjoy a carousel ride, an animal encounter and evening African Safari Tour of the Zoo.
Note: All children must meet the age requirement. Younger children will not be permitted to attend a class designed for older children. Sunset Safari Classes for children under 5 years are not currently offered.
Members: $20 (1 child and 1 adult) additional child or adult is $8/each
Non-Members: $26 (1 child and 1 adult) additional child or adult is $14/each
For additional inquiries or to register, please contact the Education Department at 205-397-3877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Ed-Venture classes are designed for children up to five.
Stroller Safari: infant – one- year-old
Zoo Tots: Ages 2 – 3
Zoo Explorers: Ages 4 – 5
NEW CLASS! PreSchool Cub Club: Ages 3 – 5
This new class series is designed to allow your child to celebrate a “holiday” each month in a special group atmosphere. Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s Animal Ed-Ventures Program.
The Birmingham Zoo’s HomeSchool Academy features exciting, in-depth classes for students enrolled in First through Ninth grade. HomeSchool Academy classes are divided into four groups. Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s HomeSchool Academy classes and themes.
Featuring up-close animal encounters, train and carousel rides, lorikeet and giraffe feedings and guided tours of the Zoo, Birmingham Zoo School Break Camps are the best place for entertaining and interactive learning. School Break Camps are available for 4K to Fifth grade students. Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s School Break Camps!
Sign up today for a Birmingham Zoo Summer ZooFari Camp! The best place for fun and learning it at a Birmingham Zoo Camp. Summer ZooFari Camp is available for 4K-8th grade students. Please click here for more information and to register your child today.
Kiwanis ZooSchool is an interdisciplinary program designed to give Birmingham City School seventh grade students a unique and interactive educational experience. Participating students are immersed in a week long curriculum based on the Birmingham Zoo’s Trails of Africa exhibit. While Kiwanis ZooSchool is only offered to seventh grade students attending Birmingham City Schools, there are several opportunities to support Kiwanis ZooSchool by being a program sponsor. To donate today, please click here. For more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s Kiwanis ZooSchool Program, click here.
The Birmingham Zoo Patch Programs allow scouts and groups to learn about the Zoo’s animals in detail through informative discussions, animal encounters and activities.
Patch Programs generally last up to two hours and include time in both the classroom and the Zoo. Programs can be modified for different age groups. Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s Patch Programs.
Would you like to experience the Birmingham Zoo at night? The Birmingham Zoo offers three exciting nightlife programs:
ZooSnoozes: This overnight program invites groups to experience the Birmingham Zoo’s nightlife. ZooSnoozes begin at 7:00pm and conclude the next morning at 7:00am.
Twilight Tours: This program offers an intriguing exploration of the Birmingham Zoo’s nightlife. Twilight Tours include all the excitement of a ZooSnooze without the overnight stay. Twilight Tours begin at 7:00pm and conclude around 10:00pm.
Nocturnal Adventures: (For school groups only.) This overnight program presents a combination of adventure and learning. Nocturnal Adventures is an academic program that allows school groups to experience the nocturnal side of the Birmingham Zoo. Nocturnal Adventures begin at 7:00pm and conclude the next morning at 7:00am.
Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s Nightlife Programs.
ZooKeeper for a Day
Spend the day shadowing and working with a Birmingham Zoo ZooKeeper. ZooKeeper for a Day is designed for children ages 8 to 14. Participants will experience the daily life of one of the Children’s Zoo’s ZooKeepers. Register online to view availability and reserve your space.
Click here for more information about the Birmingham Zoo’s ZooKeeper for a Day Program.
This section is dedicated to teachers who may be interested in coming to the Zoo for a field trip. The Birmingham Zoo offers field trip groups the unique opportunity to participate in a school program and various Zoo activities during their visit. Please click here for more information and details on school programs and Zoo activities.
If you have questions about any education program, or you are having trouble with registration, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205.397.3877 or email email@example.com.
For the safety of all campers, students and participants, all Education programs are nut-free programs. This includes but is not limited to:
- Tree nuts
- Pine nuts
- Any/all nut products