Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Night Keeper Experience

Over the course of 6 weeks, this hands on class explores all aspects of caring for animals at the Birmingham Zoo and gives participants the opportunity to learn directly from our Night Keepers. Participants will help keepers prepare and feed evening diets, participate in training sessions, create enrichment items for our animals, explore what it takes to create animal habitats that promote the health and welfare for our residents – and much more!

Price: $225 for members and $250 for non-members
Age: Open to 5th -8th graders
Minimum of 8/ Maximum of 15

Week 1, March 6: The Good, the Bad, the Dirty

At this introductory class, your child will see the good, the bad, and the dirty! After learning the basics, participate in a relay game!

Week 2, March 13: Iron Chef – Komodo

Ever wondered what the Komodo Dragon eats? Your child will visit the Zoo’s Animal Nutrition Center, and help feed Matt, the komodo dragon, and the Zoo’s Gopher Tortoises their nightly diets.

Week 3, March 20: The Enriched Bird Gets the Worm

Enrichment is an important party of caring for the animals at the Zoo. This week, your child will learn about and prepare enrichment for the birds at the Zoo.

*No class week of March 27

Week 4, April 3: How to Train Your Sea Lion

Animals at the Zoo receive training for a variety of reasons, and this week, you’ll get to see it in action! Your child will meet the Predator department keepers and will see first-hand how the sea lions are trained.

Week 5, April 10: Claws and Effect

Just like us, animals get sick sometimes. This week, we will visit the Zoo’s Animal Health Center to learn about the Zoo Veterinarians, and how they treat all different kinds of animals! Your child will also get a visit with the Zoo’s programs animals.

Week 6, April 17: Tiny Bat House Nation 

Your child will learn about an important member of our ecosystem – bats! This week, we will build our own bat houses that will be placed throughout the Zoo. Your child will be able to see their conservation efforts in action whenever they return to the Zoo!


Additional Forms

Education Class Sign In/Out Form: Once registered, complete this form and bring it to the first day of camp.

Education Class Request to Self-Medicate Form: For campers needing to take medication, please complete this form and follow the instructions to send it to the Education Department.


If you have questions about the Animal Ed-venture classes, or you’re having trouble with registration, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or send an email to

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).