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Did you know the Akron Zoo can come to you? The zoo offers a variety of options for bringing the wild world of animals to your school, organization or community event!

ZooMobile

ZooMobiles are unavailable through the end of 2022. We are not booking 2023 dates at this time.

The Akron ZooMobile can bring age-specific programs right to your classroom, church, library, scout troop, retirement center, community event and more! ZooMobile programs last roughly 45 minutes and include live animals from our animal ambassador program.

All programs can be customized to fit school curriculums with up-to-date lesson plans that include Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences for the state of Ohio. Ask about this option when you call to reserve your program.

Please note, that we do not offer a "petting zoo," nor do we present programs at private residences. For private events at public locations, restrictions apply.


Assembly Programs

Assembly shows can be performed for up to 250 people and can be booked year-round. Both assembly options feature our education animal ambassadors and allow for plenty of student participation.

Price: $300 for first program, $150 for each additional consecutive program

Zoolympics! - This action-packed show brings the spirit of the Olympics to your school. Audience members will have the opportunity to test their physical prowess against the amazing adaptations of our animal ambassadors.

Just Zoo It! - Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo? Here’s your chance! Our staff will educate and entertain you about the acronym “HELPER.”  Each of these letters represents an activity that our zoo does for our animals every day. Your students (and even teachers) may participate in some of these various challenges as well!


Classroom & Community Programs

Classroom & Community Programs are available for up to 99 people and can be booked year-round. Programs are tailored to preschoolers (3-5 years old), early elementary students (kindergarten – grade 3) or multi-age audiences.

Prices

Summit County
  • 1-30 participants, permitted to touch animals: $120 (consecutive programs*: $85)
  • 31-99 participants, not permitted to touch animals: $200 (consecutive programs*: $180)
  • Senior citizen groups: $120 per program
Outside Summit County
  • 1-30 participants, permitted to touch animals: $130 (consecutive programs*: $95)
  • 31-99 participants, not permitted to touch animals: $225 (consecutive programs*: $200)
  • Senior citizen groups: $130 per program

Please ask for pricing for groups of 100 or more students.

*Programs must occur within 15 minutes of each other and be on the same topic to qualify for the consecutive rate.

Preschool Programs - 3-5 years old

Unfortunately, we do not do programs for children under 3. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Dress for the Season – Learn about changing seasons and how students and animals prepare for the weather!

Bust A Move - Discover the various ways animals move, and see how much you can move like them.

All Creatures Great & Small - Animals come in all different shapes and sizes. How do they compare with you?

Living Things - Explore the differences between living things and non-living things and meet a few live animals.

Fur, Feathers & Scales - Explore what makes birds, mammals and reptiles different.

Kindergarten – Grade 3

Backyard Wildlife - Discover animals who live in Ohio. Learn about their lives in their native habitat, and how people and animals can co-exist.

In Living Color - Discover the not-so-black-and-white world of animal colors.

Multi-Age Programs

Where in the World? - Explore the different places animals call home, from the desert to the rainforest.

Superheroes! - Superheroes have lots of special powers, but how many of those powers are also found in the animal kingdom?

Build a Better World - Labout why animals are becoming endangered, both worldwide and in our backyards, and what we can do to help them.

What’s for Dinner? - Learn about the food web and how all animals are connected.

Backyard Wildlife - Discover animals who live in Ohio. Learn about their lives in their native habitat, and how people and animals can co-exist.

Rainforest - Discover how the rainforest, one of the most diverse habitats in the world, is at risk and learn about its impact here in Ohio.

Endangered Species - Why do some animals thrive while others struggle for survival? Meet some animals from the zoo and explore this topic.

Summer Reading Program: Zoology at the Library - Come to the library and learn all about some wonderfully cool animals from the Akron Zoo.  Find out how zoo staff has to use places like libraries to research animals so they can share fun facts about them.

After-School Programs - Our after-school enrichment programs include 4 to 8 different sessions with fun activities and several animal ambassadors.

Custom Programs - Our Education Team will work with you to create a custom program to fit your needs.


Community Displays

Community Displays are unavailable through the end of 2022. We are not booking 2023 dates at this time.

The Akron Zoo is able to provide fun, interactive displays for community events. Our displays may feature one to two animals as well as biofacts (items such as pelts, skulls, feathers, etc.), or just biofacts. Our staff will travel to your site and set up a display table for up to three hours. Designed for all ages and recommended for larger events such as festivals and open houses.

Prices

  • Summit County, With Animals: $275
  • Summit County, Without Animals: $150
  • Outside Summit County, With Animals: $300
  • Outside Summit County, Without Animals: $175

Additional Fees:

Programs that occur with any part taking place at or after 5 p.m. will have an additional $25 after-hours fee.

Any location over 50 miles one way from the zoo will be charged $1 per mile. Programs must occur within 80 miles of the Akron Zoo.

For questions or further information, contact our Programming Coordinator at programs@akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 ext. 8973.