Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9am to 5pm


Schools & Groups

The Birmingham Zoo makes a great partner in education for schools and educators offering exciting learning programs and experiences for all ages and grades in our 122 acre classroom. Students have access to hundreds of animals, including different species, and endangered species from six continents.

2020-2021 Teacher Resource Guide


ZOO TO YOU:  Looking to add something unique to your classroom or event? Let us bring the Zoo to YOU! We offer a variety of standards based program options, biological artifacts and ambassador animals sure to meet your needs.

Read more about our ZOO TO YOU program.

Home School

Home School OpportunitiesThe Birmingham Zoo’s Home School features exciting, in-depth classes for students enrolled in Pre-K through Ninth grade.

Read more about our Home School classes and themes.

Nightlife 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.

Read more about our 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 and up. Participants will experience the daily life of one of the Children’s Zoo’s or Bird Zoo Keepers. Please call 205.397.3864 to check availability.

Read more about our ZooKeeper for a Day Program.

Patch Programs

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.

Read more about our Patch Programs.


Kiwanis Zoo SchoolZooSchool 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 ZooSchool is only offered to seventh grade students attending Birmingham City Schools, there are several opportunities to support ZooSchool by being a program sponsor.  To donate today, please click here.

Read More about the Birmingham Zoo’s ZooSchool Program.

College Programs

Join us for specialty programs designed specifically for college classes. Learn detailed information about the Zoo’s animals with a focus that meets your needs. Different options are available. A minimum of 15 people are required for a program. Price is dependent upon program.

Please contact our Education Department at 205-397-3864 or by email at for more information.