Virtual Classes and Tours

These interactive virtual classes and tours are fun and engaging and provide a great opportunity to reinforce standards in your curriculum. Programs explore topics such as tropical rainforests, exhibit design, and ocean conservation.

All virtual tours and classes take place on the Zoom platform. Each program is approximately 30-45 minutes long and can accommodate up to 25 devices/people ($100/tour or class).

Virtual Classes and Virtual Tours are offered during the school-year (September-May) at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we also offer 3:00 pm.

Virtual Tours are also offered Monday through Friday during the summer months (June-August) at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.

To register, fill out the request form below. If you have any further questions, please email [email protected].

Virtual Tours (30 minutes long)

Choose from the following themes:

Ocean Tour featuring Discovery Bay (grades K-12)

Coral reefs harbor the greatest diversity of life in the ocean. In this program, we’ll navigate these underwater “cities” and explore the variety of life under the sea in Discovery Bay. View our shark reef, tidal pools, sea horses, and more! This tour is designed to highlight the importance of marine ecosystems and what we can all do to protect them.

Rainforest Tour featuring the Tropics Trail (grades K-12)

From the forest floor to the canopy and beyond, many unique and interesting plants can be found here and nowhere else. Although usually well-camouflaged, we’ll also uncover some of the amazing animals that call these plants home. Come with us on a tour of a section of our Tropics trail and meet some of its amazing inhabitants!

Penguin Tour (grades K-12) - ONLY offered in the summer (June-August)

It is time to meet the penguins—virtually! During this 30-minute experience, you will visit our South African penguin exhibit and see what makes these birds so amazing. Learn more about how penguins are able to "fly" underwater, stay warm in cooler waters, and much more!

Virtual Classes (30-45 minutes long)

Choose from the following themes:

Biomimicry (grades K-2)

Animals and plants have many amazing physical and behavioral adaptations that allow them to survive and solve problems in the wild. See how engineers are now turning to nature to learn how to solve common human problems through the process of biomimicry. Students will act as biomimicry engineers while investigating seed dispersal and animal wind travel methods to solve an engineering challenge!

Penguin Palooza (grades K-2)

Come along with us to learn about penguins and their fascinating adaptations that allow them to survive in their unique environments!

Enrichment and Animal Behavior (grades 3-5, 6-12)

Celebrate the science behind helping wildlife thrive! Science is used every day in a zoo to observe our animals’ behaviors, set goals, and assess progress! Join us to learn how animal observation data is collected and used to plan and assess successful enrichments to encourage natural behaviors!

Zoo Exhibit Design (grades 3-5, 6-12)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to design an exhibit at the zoo? In this interactive class, students will learn about animal needs and identify the components that make a successful Zoo exhibit. See animal exhibits in a whole new way and learn about zoos’ unique roles in conservation!


To register, fill out the request form below. If you have any further questions, please email [email protected].

Virtual tours/classes must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Please note, as part of our new ticketing procedures, we are now asking for payment to be made by credit card or single check in advance of your virtual class or tour.

School/Organization Name*
Number of students/children*
Number of adults*
Number of adult devices logging in to the Zoom*
Number of student/children devices logging in to the Zoom*
Your First Name*
Your Last Name*
Phone Number*
School/Organization Street Address, City, State, Zip*
School District Number (n/a if not applicable)*
Select three dates/times you would like to do your virtual tour/class, with your preferred date/time as number one.

Date/Time 1*
Date/Time 2*
Date/Time 3

How will you be paying?
Payment is due two weeks in advance of virtual tour/class. We strongly encourage paying by credit card, but can also accept a single check if that is the only method that your school/organization is able to provide.
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Which virtual tour/class are you registering for?
Virtual Tour/Classes are $100 for up to 25 devices/people. If you have more than 25 people/devices we would schedule a 2nd tour/class for you at a different time.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about your group? Is there any specific accommodations or support you need (examples: Closed Captioning or an ASL interpreter can be provided upon request)?
Any Questions?

You will receive an email within 10 days confirming your reservation. Note, your date has not been confirmed until you receive a confirmation. If you requested a program the scheduler will contact you to arrange program times. If you have questions email [email protected]

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