Zoo Preschool

Starting in September 2014, preschoolers will have fun learning about habitats and animal homes. Your 3-, 4- or 5-year-old will meet once per week, Monday through Thursday, from September to May .

register for zoo preschool

During Fort Worth Zoo Preschool, children experience an activity-packed, three-hour class that includes unique and interactive animal activities. Students will learn about animals and conservation and develop social, language, artistic and cognitive skills. Zoo Preschool is an immersive, hands-on environment where your child’s curiosity will fuel his or her learning experience.

Your Zoo Scholar will:

  • Experience an activity-packed, three-hour class
  • Participate in unique and interactive animal activities
  • Learn about Zoo animals, both local and exotic
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding for animal and habitat conservation
  • Enjoy daily live animal presentations and trips into the Zoo
  • Develop social, language, artistic and cognitive skills
  • Receive a Zoo Preschool T-shirt

Zoo Preschool Information:

  • Classes are available for children ages 3 to 5
  • Morning and afternoon weekday classes are available
  • 32-week program, September through May
  • Fort Worth Zoo members receive a tuition discount
  • Zoo Preschool T-shirt included
  • The student to teacher ratio is 7-to-1
  • Students must be 3, 4 or 5 years of age before September 1
  • Students must be toilet-trained

Class Sessions and Times:

  • Curriculum rotates on a three-year cycle with each year focusing on one of the following topics:
    • Habitats and Animal Homes
    • Zoophabet: Animals from A to Z
    • Animal Patterns and Colors
  • Each class meets for three hours once a week, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Classes are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • If you would like your child to be placed in the same class as a friend, you must register for the same class day and time.


  • Full-year tuition is $750 (Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount!)
  • A payment plan is available. A $250 down payment is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance will be split into eight payments and charged monthly throughout the school year. This full-year payment option includes a $50 fee.
  • Parents can register their child at any time during the school year at a pro-rated rate if openings are available

Waitlist: 2014-2015 Zoo Preschool

Waitlists will be available in late spring/early summer as classes begin to fill. A non-refundable $5 fee will be charged. Waitlist registrants will be contacted as openings occur. If an opening becomes available, a member of the Zoo’s education department will contact the next wait list registrant, who will have 24 hours to confirm registration.

For more information, contact the Education Department:

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org

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