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School Programs

School Partners in Saving Wildlife!

One of the Houston Zoo’s goals is to inspire our school group audiences to partner with us to save wildlife. There are everyday actions your students can do to save animals in the wild. We know your students are the next generation of conservation champions.

Mascots for saving wildlife.

Does your school have “Tiger Pride”?  Are your students the best “Fighting Falcons”?  Your school’s passion can be the channel to saving that animal in the wild.

  • Connect your students with our local and international partners saving wildlife
  • Engage your students in wildlife saving actions that may include cell phone or paper recycling that tie directly with TEKS
  • Meet with our keepers and animal ambassadors that match your mascot during your Zoo visit.

Pollinator Garden Partnership

The Houston Zoo is helping to save pollinators through our Pollinator Initiative and we would love to have your school as a partner.

Project-based Learning

Students would have the opportunity to learn more about these animals and the challenges that face them through research projects, and educating the public.


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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 learn field research techniques that wildlife biologists use to save animals in the wild.  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 identification
  • Identifying coastal birds
  • Water quality testing
  • Identifying native plants
  • Identifying animal 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:

Please fill out the “2017 Spring Application” and return it by 5:00 pm on January 17, 2017 to be entered into the lottery.

2017 Spring Application

 Policies & Procedures

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