An Audubon Nature Institute volunteer shows a baby alligator to 2 small boys.

August 2017 - May 2018: Offer your students an engaging learning experience at Audubon Zoo.

Zoo Schools provide an opportunity to give your students an enhanced and engaging learning experience while on a field trip to the Zoo. All programs are aligned with state science standards, and many can be modified for any age group. Programs allow for a maximum of 60 students (30 per session) and includes Expedited Check-in and time to explore the Zoo. Our Education staff can also tailor programs to fit curriculum needs.

All programs are also available for home-school groups of 10 or more students.

Jungle School (ALL Ages) – Embark on an imaginary journey through Jaguar Jungle and learn about the wonders of the rainforest. Each session covers topics including forest ecology, food webs, animal adaptations, and includes an animal encounter. (45 minutes per session)

Swamp School (ALL Ages) – Follow the bayou to the heart of the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit and learn about the importance of Louisiana's wetlands. Students discuss wetland ecology, functions of wetlands, and animal adaptations. Each class ends with a live animal encounter. (45 minutes per session)

Fur, Feathers, and Fins (ALL Ages) – Explore the characteristics of the five basic vertebrate groups - mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish - in this interactive program. Students compare the similarities and differences of each group of animals understanding the basics of classification. Includes a live animal encounter. (45 minutes per session)

Wild Tales (ALL Ages) – Don’t have time for a full classroom program but still want to make your field trip more exciting? Wild Tales offers your group a 20 minute chat with an Audubon Educator on a topic of your choice. The Educator will meet your group at the front gate and assist with Expedited Check-in. This program is easily tailored to accompany any classroom curriculum. Topic ideas include habitats, adaptations, specific animals or conservation issues.

Is Your Mama a Llama? (PreK & Kindergarten) – Pre-K and Kindergarten students learn all about animal mothers, babies and parental care. The program includes story time, interactive games and a live animal encounter.

The Zoo & You (PreK & Kindergarten) – A fun program for our younger visitors, The Zoo & You engages the little ones through activities and curriculum from Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Early childhood groups will enjoy learning about nature and animals including a live animal encounter.

Age: Most school programs can be adapted for any age group.
Time: Sessions 10:00am and 10:45am (Depending on the number of students) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Group arrival 9:30am – Expedited Check-in with Educator.
Cost: $3.00 per student over the regular school group admission fee.

Don’t have time for a school program? Add a Self-Guided Exploration to your field trip. A Self-Guided Exploration is an age-appropriate activity guide that your students complete during their visit. It includes Expedited Check-in to help your group maximize their field trip time. An Educator will meet your group at the front entrance and assist with check-in and then escort the group into the facility, highlight special activities, and answer any questions. Each student receives an activity guide and pencil as part of the $1.00 per student charge. We can accommodate up to 200 students.

For more information about Zoo Schools, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (504) 378-2639.

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