Abilene Zoo

Education Department

At the Abilene Zoo, we make it our goal to provide the public with a rich educational and recreational experience. We do this by having various programs available throughout the year to the public, as well as area schools and organizations. Such opportunities include educational programs for schools and organizations, zoo tours, weekend programs for the public, monthly educational programs for preschoolers, the Zoo Teen program, and zoo camps. The Education Department Mission Statement and goals are as follows:

Education Department Mission Statement

To foster an appreciation and understanding of natural environments and their conservation by providing educational and entertaining opportunities

Education Department Goal
The ultimate goal of the Abilene Zoological Gardens' Education Department is to be the environmental resource of the Big Country.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Education Department as a volunteer call (325) 676-6487.

Education Programs for School and Organizations
Each school year, there are many educational opportunities available for your students here at the Abilene Zoo. We offer our normal selection of educational programs, as well as any specially requested topics you may have that will fit in with your curriculum. To schedule a program, please contact Joy Harsh at 325.676.6487 or joy.harsh@abilenetx.com or visit our School Groups page.

Overnights! This is a unique opportunity to see the zoo after hours. An overnight at the zoo can be scheduled for scout groups, birthday parties or other groups. Please contact Joy at 325-676-6487 or joy.harsh@abilenetx.com for more information.

Program Scheduling Protocol
There are two types of educational programs available: programs on zoo grounds and outreach programs. Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis, and need to be scheduled two weeks in advance, in order to ensure program time and date. Programs can be scheduled by calling 325.676.6487.

Programs on Zoo Grounds are held in the Education Building. Groups need to be at the front of the zoo 5-10 minutes before the start time of the program.

Outreach Programs are programs at your location and cost $75 a program. For more information on Outreach Programs, call (325) 676-6487.

Click here to schedule a School Group!


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