Zoo Patch Program

In the Education section:

Come to the zoo and learn about your favorite group of animals in one of these fun patch programs. These exciting programs are offered by appointment for any group of 15 or more people 6 years and older.

Each Patch Program is 1 1/2—2 hours long (except Advanced Zookeeper in Training which is 3 hours long) and includes time in a classroom and in the zoo. Each participant will complete a zoo patch booklet that they will be able to take home and will receive the patch for the program that they attend.

Four programs are currently available:

Zoo Patch Programs for ages 6-12

Cost is $12 per youth participant and $6 per adult. Everyone that attends the program must pay the program price, including younger and older siblings. Reptile Patch



Radical Reptiles

Learn about the different groups of reptiles and what makes them unique from other animals and each other. Meet some of our reptiles up close and see others in the zoo while you learn about the variety of reptiles, their habitats and food preferences. Participants will also learn about some of the native venomous and non-venomous snakes.



Zookeeper in TrainingZookeeper patch

Explore the role of zoos and zookeepers in this fun program. Meet some of our education animals up close and see other animals in the zoo while learning about the care they require. Find out if you have what it takes to be a zookeeper.



Marvelous Mammals
Mammal patch

Learn about the features and classification of mammals in this program. Meet and learn about mammals in the zoo and in our classroom as you learn about animal adaptations and the difference between wild and domestic animals.



Beautiful Birds

Coming Soon!

Zoo Patch Programs for ages 12-18

Cost is $24 per youth participant and $12 per adult. Everyone that attends the program must pay the program price, including younger and older siblings.

Advanced Zookeeper in Training

Find out about the role of zoos and what zookeepers do each day when you visit with a keeper and get a behind the scenes look at the work required to take care of our zoo animals. Participants will also make an enrichment item for an animal and see the animal receive its treat (Keeper, item and animals dependant upon area schedules).

For more information or to sign up, please contact the Education Department at 397.3864 or email cbrooks@birminghamzoo.com.

Allergy Information

The Birmingham Zoo is a facility that uses nuts and nut products for animal diet purposes. Traces of nuts or nut products may be found in areas where animal feedings are conducted and areas where Programs and Educational animal demonstrations are performed. The safety of our guests remains a top priority and the Zoo takes precautions to provide a safe environment.

In the Education Programs Department, safety precautions include:

  • Teachers are trained to recognize the physical characteristics that indicate an allergic reaction is occurring and proper responses to take when a student has a reaction.
  • Teachers are trained to properly use EpiPen.
  • Teachers will not offer students any food containing nuts or nut products and all students will be discouraged from bringing snacks/lunches containing nuts or nut products.
  • Teachers will ensure that no nuts or nut products are used as any part of class activities (not involving a live animal demonstrations).