Animal Outreach

Fort Worth Zoo zookeeper with bird

Animal Outreach

Animal Outreach Programs

Fort Worth Zoo animal outreach program Bring the Zoo to your school with the Fort Worth Zoo’s Animal Outreach team!

The Fort Worth Zoo’s Animal Outreach team will provide a program that is educational, entertaining and interactive. Outreach programs feature a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Your group members will learn all about animals found in their backyard and around the world. School programs are offered for a maximum of 350 students in elementary, middle and high schools in Tarrant County. Animal Outreach programs are also available for other events, such as school science nights, PTA events, senior center programming and scout meetings in Tarrant County.

Outreach is no longer booking for the 2019-2020 school year or summer - we are full! We are now scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year. Outreach programming is available year-round. Remember to book early to assure your spot on our calendar for your future programs! Please call or email for available dates.

Please note that Animal Outreach programs cannot take place in a home, business or outdoors.


Animal Outreach Programs

Elementary, Middle and High School
  • 40 minute program
  • 350 students (maximum)
  • Title 1 schools within Tarrant County - $100
  • Non-Title 1 schools within 30 mile radius of Zoo - $250
Daycare, After-School Programs, PTA, Science Night, Library and Senior Center
  • 30 minute program
  • Evening programs must start at or before 7:00 p.m.
  • Organizations within 30 mile radius of Zoo - $200

Animal Outreach programs are available starting at 10 a.m.


Zoo to You - FAQ

How long do your programs last?

Elementary, Middle and Highschool programs are 40 minutes in length.

Daycare, preschool, library, senior living, after school, PTA and Science night programs are 30 minutes in length.

How many programs can you do in one day?

We can do two programs at your facility if they are consecutive

Can I pet or hold your animals?

We are not a petting zoo, but we try to make sure everyone in your group gets to see the animals close up. There may be some volunteer opportunities at your program to assist our keepers, but we don’t guarantee it.

Where can outreach programs be held?

In schools we typically present programs in the gym, auditorium or cafeteria but we are flexible if we have space for your audience and our animals.

We hold programs at libraries, senior homes and other venues but not in private homes or outdoors.

What animals will you bring to our event?

We bring reptiles, birds, small mammals and invertebrates. A mix of exotic and native animals.

Can I request certain animals?

We will do our best to bring certain animal requests (no lions, tiger or bears!) but since there are a variety of factors that determine which animals we bring, we cannot guarantee animals.


Animal Outreach Program Booking Request Form

The Zoo is not scheduling outreach programs at this time.


For more information, contact the Animal Outreach department:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7216
email: outreachinfo@fortworthzoo.org