Activity Guides (K to 12)
Order guides with background information and Zoo exhibit-based activities and projects designed to help students discover, observe, and learn cooperatively. link tomore

Animal Encounters and Daily Programs
Animal training, feeding, demonstrations, keeper talks—something is always happening at the Zoo. link tomore

Exhibit Programs (K to 12)
Schedule sessions for your classes to explore the wonders of our different exhibits with Zoo staff or volunteers as part of your next field trip. link tomore

Planning a Field Trip
Find out the Zoo's hours and location, planning tips, and the FONZ Education Office. link tomore

Field Trip Videos
With so many things to see and do, planning a field trip can be tough. We’ve created the videos below to help you prepare for your trip to the National Zoo. From the rules of the Zoo and what to bring, to the awesome animals and staff that you’ll meet, these videos will help you get ready for a great day.  link tomore

Activity Sheets
These fun and educational activities can be printed and used during your visit to the Zoo. link tomore

Self-Guides (3 to 5)
These guides, each focusing on one area of the Zoo and one scientific concept, help teachers plan educational and enjoyable trips to the Zoo. link tomore

Volunteer Interpreters
Most areas are staffed with volunteer interpreters who can enhance your experience with artifacts, animal feedings, and special informal programs. Look for a blue FONZ volunteer shirt and name tag. link tointerpreter schedule link tobecome a volunteer

Special Events
Events that celebrate animals, cultures, and Zoo science provide unique, hands-on learning opportunities for the general public throughout the year. link tomore

Can't find the information you're looking for?
Stop in and see us. The FONZ education offices are located in the Zoo's Visitor Center and are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call us at 202.633.4455 or email us for more information.

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