Education at the Louisville Zoo

Explore Classes & Programs

Explore a wide array of classes, activities and resources for schools, youth groups, families and more!

For Schools

Check out our new Virtual Animal Adventure and learn how you can connect your students with the Zoo through our Zoo Adopts program!

NEW: Virtual Animal Adventures

Cost: $150: includes 2 live sessions, a virtual field trip/walk through with zoo education staff, and digital materials

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Give your group an unforgettable experience with our zoo staff and animals. Each Virtual Animal Adventure includes 2 Live sessions at 30 minutes each, a downloadable “Zoo Detectives” mystery packet, and a pre-recorded virtual walk through of the Zoo’s Wetlands (run time approximately 12 minutes). Each session is limited to 32 participants. Details about each live session are below:

Live Session 1: “Ask us anything!”

You provide the questions and we’ll answer them…live! Go ahead, ask us anything – we’ll do our best to find the answer!

Live Session 2: Creature Feature

In this live session, you’ll get up close with 2 of our small ambassador animals, ask questions and learn about the Zoo’s animal collection. As a bonus, each session will include surprise footage from one of the zoo’s most beloved animals!

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  • Adopts Program (coming soon!)

For Teachers

Load up on free teacher resources, activities, worksheets and more!

For Families

Camps, classes and in-person family programs are on hold for now – but we hope to see you again soon! Check back periodically for details regarding upcoming programs and events.

NEW: Virtual Animal Adventures

Cost: $150: includes 2 live sessions, a virtual field trip/walk through with zoo education staff, and digital materials

Click to register

Give your group an unforgettable experience with our zoo staff and animals. Each Virtual Animal Adventure includes 2 Live sessions at 30 minutes each, a downloadable “Zoo Detectives” mystery packet, and a pre-recorded virtual walk through of the Zoo’s Wetlands (run time approximately 12 minutes). Each session is limited to 32 participants. Details about each live session are below:

Live Session 1: “Ask us anything!”

You provide the questions and we’ll answer them…live! Go ahead, ask us anything – we’ll do our best to find the answer!

Live Session 2: Creature Feature

In this live session, you’ll get up close with 2 of our small ambassador animals, ask questions and learn about the Zoo’s animal collection. As a bonus, each session will include surprise footage from one of the zoo’s most beloved animals!

Click to register

 

NEW: Virtual Animal Events

Cost: $10 per device: includes a live session from one of our animal areas and corresponding education activity

Discover the world without leaving your bed! Virtual Animal Events are a great way for your family to cuddle up and explore everything the Zoo has to offer.

Upcoming events

Spooky Sessions – live from the Zoo’s Islands Fruit Bats Exhibit

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Friday, Oct. 30: 6 – 7 p.m. (Registration opens Sept. 28)
This program is designed for families and best suited for children 6-8 years. However, younger children are welcome to participate.
At night, the Zoo comes to life! Families, gather around and join us live on Halloween eve for a night that’s sure to be a little spooky and a lot of fun! Turn out the lights for a listening walk filled with the sounds of owls, wolves and big cats, make a Halloween mask, help us uncover “the great pumpkin mystery” and meet some of our favorite scaly friends directly from the Zoo’s Islands Exhibit.

Join the conversation! Connect with ecology and wildlife conservation to critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation issues. Each month participants will receive a discussion guide (including book, film, and podcast recommendations!) and access to a 60-minute live virtual discussion with Zoo educators. We hope to include your whole family in a fascinating conversation on conservation topics each month.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, Conservation Success Stories

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Wednesday, Nov. 18: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Are you interested in the history of wildlife conservation in the United States? Do you have strong feelings about Theodore Roosevelt and Progressive era politics? Join us for a discussion of “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan and decide for yourself if the National Parks were really America’s greatest idea. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold

A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis, Living at the Poles

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Wednesday, Dec. 16: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Do you love penguins? Join us in reading “A Polar Affair” by Lloyd Spencer Davis to learn all about adélie penguins and a shocking scientific discovery made twice. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson, Exploration

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Wednesday, Jan. 20: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Could you cross the Pacific Ocean in a canoe? Join us for a discussion of “Sea People” by Christina Thompson to find out why and how early Polynesians were so willing to set off into the unknown. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold

For Parents

Check out an amazing array of free content to use with your kids including videos and digital resources!

For Adults

NEW: Virtual Animal Events

Cost: $10 per device: includes a live session from one of our animal areas and corresponding education activity

Discover the world without leaving your bed! Virtual Animal Events are a great way for your family to cuddle up and explore everything the Zoo has to offer.

Upcoming events

Spooky Sessions – live from the Zoo’s Islands Fruit Bats Exhibit

Click to Register

Friday, Oct. 30: 6 – 7 p.m. (Registration opens Sept. 28)
This program is designed for families and best suited for children 6-8 years. However, younger children are welcome to participate.
At night, the Zoo comes to life! Families, gather around and join us live on Halloween eve for a night that’s sure to be a little spooky and a lot of fun! Turn out the lights for a listening walk filled with the sounds of owls, wolves and big cats, make a Halloween mask, help us uncover “the great pumpkin mystery” and meet some of our favorite scaly friends directly from the Zoo’s Islands Exhibit.

Join the conversation! Connect with ecology and wildlife conservation to critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation issues. Each month participants will receive a discussion guide (including book, film, and podcast recommendations!) and access to a 60-minute live virtual discussion with Zoo educators. We hope to include your whole family in a fascinating conversation on conservation topics each month.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, Conservation Success Stories

CLICK TO REGISTER

Wednesday, Nov. 18: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Are you interested in the history of wildlife conservation in the United States? Do you have strong feelings about Theodore Roosevelt and Progressive era politics? Join us for a discussion of “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan and decide for yourself if the National Parks were really America’s greatest idea. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold

A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis, Living at the Poles

CLICK TO REGISTER

Wednesday, Dec. 16: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Do you love penguins? Join us in reading “A Polar Affair” by Lloyd Spencer Davis to learn all about adélie penguins and a shocking scientific discovery made twice. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson, Exploration

CLICK TO REGISTER

Wednesday, Jan. 20: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Could you cross the Pacific Ocean in a canoe? Join us for a discussion of “Sea People” by Christina Thompson to find out why and how early Polynesians were so willing to set off into the unknown. Our book discussion is designed for adults only — but the discussion guide included in the program cost will offer media suggestions and discussion questions suitable for children.

*Book available through LFPL or wherever books are sold