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Classes & Programs

Under Construction!

One of the Houston Zoo’s goals is to inspire our school group audiences to partner with us to save wildlife. In order to achieve this, we are evaluating our current school programs and developing new experiences that will truly create wildlife heroes throughout schools and surrounding communities.

In order to take the time to develop meaningful experiences for Houston area students, we are not booking any school programs at the Houston Zoo during the Spring of 2017. Please stay tuned to see the new ways you and your students can engage with us and become wildlife heroes!

If you have any questions, or if you are an Educator and would like to provide feedback about what you’d like to see on your next Zoo visit, please contact

Students as Field Researchers

Join the Houston Zoo and The Nature Conservancy at the Texas City Prairie Preserve for a day of hands-on activities where students will participate in field research techniques and explore native species in the Houston-Galveston area. Up to 60 students in grades K-12 use hands-on techniques and tools to explore prairie and coastal ecology. Time of year, weather conditions, and student ages and number will determine which activities will be completed. Each group participates in three of the following activities that reinforce a number of TEKS objectives:

  • Seining for marine life
  • Insect sweeping
  • Identifying coastal birds
  • Water quality testing
  • Identifying native plants
  • Identifying tracks and scat

PLEASE NOTE: This is an active field research day—students will get dirty and wet. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can be worn in the water, or bring a change of clothes. A ratio of 1 chaperone for every 20 students is required.

Registration Information:

Registration for Spring 2017 will be in available in December. See below for an example of the application form.

Fall 2016 School Application

 Policies & Procedures

Home Schoolers: Please check the Home School page for more information on applying.