Education

​​​​Share our love of wildlife by learning more about the world around us! The Zoo offers a variety of educational and conservation-oriented programs. These guided experiences offer guests unique ​opportunities to discover more about animals and our role within our environment. 

Family and Youth Experiences

Animal Art Adventure

Go behind the scenes to meet one of our amazing animal artists! For your adventure, choose from dolphin, elephant, penguin, pinniped, reptile or rhino.

Dolphin In-Water Adventure

Step into the world of dolphins with this unforgettable experience! You'll get to learn more about these amazing marine mammals before actually getting in the water with our dolphin pod.

Adult Programs

There's always something new to discover at the Zoo, no matter what your age! ​​Our adult education programs offer the young-at-heart an opportunity to explore their curiosity about the natural world. 

Family Programs 

Snooze at the Zoo with the entire family! Our Family Overnights run three times a year and are a great way to spend a little quality time together all while experiencing the Zoo after hours. 

Preschool Programs

Join us for a fun preschool program to learn more about one of our Zoo animals. Each program includes hands-on activities, animal artifacts, a Zoo walk, and story and/or craft.

Youth & Teen Programs​

Discover amazing animal science at the Zoo! With our Saturday Science programs, children will explore and investigate the Zoo using science to learn more about some of the Zoo's incredible creatures.

Zoo Camps

Explore different zoo careers, or learn more about your favorite animal-related topics in our in-depth camp experiences, offered throughout the summer and during school breaks.

School and Scout Experiences

Field Trips 

Bring your school to the Zoo!  Every year, thousands of students from throughout Indiana take field trips to the Indianapolis Zoo where school groups learn more about conservation and animals from around the world.

Overnight Adventures 

Enter a world long kept in the dark — the Zoo at night! Our Overnight Programs will show you what most Zoo visitors only imagine. With several options to choose, the Zoo offers Overnight programs for schools and Girl Scouts.

Project Based Learning

The Indianapolis Zoo wishes to inspire and engage Indiana Schools to take part in local conservation projects through Project Based Learning and Service Learning projects.

Teacher Resources 

Share a part of the Zoo with your class! Our educational suitcases give your students hands-on activities focusing on animals here at the Zoo and around the world. Kits include a teacher's manual and props like books, artifacts, posters and activities.

Workshops & Programs 

We have fun and education programs for school groups and scout troops! School groups can join us for a 45-minute workshops and scouts can collect experiences to help them in reaching thir scouting goals.