Morning Safari -
Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the
Zoo! September thru December
Summer Safari - June thru August 2013 - Download: Summer 2013 Schedule
For kids starting at age 4, this exciting summer program offers sessions full of games, stories, zoo tours, and up-close encounters with animals.
For groups with kids ages 7 and up. Spend a WILD night
at the Zoo and enjoy a pizza party, flashlight tour
of the zoo, and a "batty" bed-time story.
After "indoor-camping," participants eat
an outdoor breakfast and receive a certificate. This
is a very popular program for scouts and other youth
organizations. FEE: $25 per person, with a minimum group size of
15 people. The minimum rate for groups smaller than
15 is $375. Contact us to request more information
and receive a registration form. These events fill
up early, so two weeks advanced notice is recommended
call (956) 548-WILD (9453).
The Summer Teen Volunteer Program is an eight week
program for students entering 8th-12th grade. Approximately
30 young people are selected each summer to work in
special areas of the Zoo. This is a very competitive
program. All teens interested must complete a special
application form, submit a recommendation form to
be filled out by a non-family member and submit a
recent proof of negative TB test. For more information,
contact the Education Department at (956) 548-9453
The Education Department also has other volunteer
opportunities available for adults.
FOR SCHOOL GROUPS
Gladys Porter Zoo offers special discounted
admission rates to schools. Only school groups that
are part of a state accredited school or licensed
preschool are eligible for the school rates.
Speed up your trip by taking advantage of our Express
Service. Simply pre-register and pay for your group
24 hours in advance. To sign up for Express Service
use our Scheduling
Your Field Trip & Invoice (PDF) form.
Discounted school rates are as follows: $3.50 for PreK to 8th grade student and $4.00 for 9th grade thru College. One teacher/adult is admitted free for every ten students, aditional adults and teachers pay only $5.00 each. Single payment is required to receive discounted rate.
Inquiries about school programs and best
times to visit the Zoo, or for information about your
school district becoming a member of "Partners
in Conservation through Education" and receive
further discounts and services, contact us at (956)
548-WILD or Educ@gpz.org.
GROUP'S VISIT TO THE ZOO
STS is a program offered in the Zoo amphitheater that
includes animal information and the chance to get
a close look at - and even touch - live animals. Presenters
will answer audience questions. This unique program
is presented by teams of college, high school, and
middle school students. Presentations are appropriate
for all age levels, and pre-registration is not needed
but is recommended in busy spring months. No additional
Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30a.m. and 10:15a.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30p.m. and 2:15p.m.
Several different 2-3 hour long classes have been
designed to give your students an individualized educational
experience on a specific subject. Classes include
instructions, games, activity sheets and a Zoo tour
that relates to the lesson material.
Topics and Grade:
One By One (PreK & Kinder)
Let's Go Ape (1st & 2nd)
Where Are The Trees? (3rd& 4th)
Classy Critters (5th & 6th)
There Is Still Time! (5th & 6th)
Zoo Careers (7th to 12th)
Junior Zookeepers (5th to 12th)
Please contact us at (956) 548-WILD or Educ@gpz.org
for details and fee information.
Learn creative ways to teach elementary school children.
Workshops are offered to Brownsville teachers, however
anyone interested in teaching about animals and the
Zoo is encouraged to participate.
The Education Department offers short animal presentations
on site for school groups, retirement communities,
and special schools whenever possible. Call for rates.
This is the children's page in the Zoo's member magazine
ZooNews. It contains animal information, puzzles and
games especially for kids and their parents.
Very similar to the ZooXtra, this page is printed
Valley-wide each month in the Valley Morning Star,
and the Brownsville Herald newspapers.