Birmingham Zoo
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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 approximately 950 animals from 230 different species, including endangered species from six continents.

Read about all of our opportunities for exciting field trips at the Zoo.

For Teachers

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. For more information on field trips at the Zoo, click here.

If you have a group of college students you would like to introduce to the Zoo, we have some wonderful College Program opportunities for you to explore.

Home School

Home School OpportunitiesThe Birmingham Zoo’s Home School features exciting, in-depth classes for students enrolled in Pre-K through Ninth grade. Registration for 2017-2018 home school will open in July.

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.