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All reservations made through ZooReservations@santa-ana.org. Recommended 2 weeks or more in advance for self-guided visits, 4 weeks or more for education experiences. Payment due on date of program.

Education programs include regular zoo admission. Membership and Passes cannot be used towards group admission or Education Programs. Educational materials are sent via e-mail with your reservation confirmation.

All programs are aligned with State of California Science Education Standards with many cross-curricular elements.

Please see the 2018-2019 Education Programs Flyer.

Ready to make your reservation? Please complete our Group Reservation Request Form and submit to ZooReservations@santa-ana.org.



The adventure begins with a live animal spotlight followed by an exploration of the zoo on a self-guided tour. In various sections of the zoo, students interact with education volunteers to learn more about the animals they find. Students in PreK-K become "Jr. Explorers", with a story and activity with numbers and colors. Students in 1st-2nd grade become "Explorers" as they focus on animal adaptations with a scavenger hunt activity.
  • GRADE LEVEL: Junior Explorer: PreK - Kindergarten | Explorer: 1st-2nd Grade
  • ADMISSION: $10 per person, Students and Chaperones. (Teachers are free.)
    *5:1 student:chaperone ratio max please

  • DATES AVAILABLE:October 01 - June 01, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
  • TIMES:Timed entries with 9:30am, 10:00am, and 10:30am start times. Education stations close at 12:00 noon.



This exciting hands-on interactive laboratory session explores the world of birds through observation and investigation. Students become experts in the specialized adaptations of species including fowl, parrots and birds of prey through individual and collaborative activities.
  • GRADE LEVEL: 2nd - 6th
  • ADMISSION: $13 per person, Students and Chaperones. (Teachers are free.)
    *Individual reservations accepted, programs with fewer than 20 people may be rescheduled.
    *Includes all materials such as owl pellets.
  • DATES AVAILABLE:October 01 - June 01, Select Wednesdays only.
  • TIMES:2 hour program, 10:00am - 12:00pm.


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