If you're looking for an adventure outside of the classroom then come to The Chattanooga Zoo! Students have the opportunity to explore and learn about exhibits on a fieldtrip, enroll in a home school series for Life Science experience, or even get close up with an educational program.

Field Trips

Bring your class to the zoo and embark on the wildest field trip in town! See, hear and smell some of the world’s most treasured and unique wildlife without even leaving Chattanooga! For a more in-depth experience and a chance to experience a wild encounter, you can add an educational program to your visit, too.

  • You must be an accredited public or private school, Head Start program, pre-school or organized home school group.
  • You must have 10 or more participants to qualify for school group rates, which are only available during the school year.
  • All Hamilton County Head Start programs qualify for free admission, but must bring a letter proving Hamilton Co. Head Start status on the day of their visit.

If you have any questions regarding field trips or educational programs, please email the Education Department at education@chattzoo.org or call 423-697-1322 ext: 5782.

Register Order Lunch Programs

Grant funding may be available for qualifying schools. Please email cdale@chattzoo.org for more information.


  • $3 Students
  • $2 Title 1 School students
  • $7 extra chaperones
    Extra Chaperones must register with school to receive this pricing

Home School Series

Welcome to the wildest home school in town. You will see, hear and smell some of the world’s most treasured wildlife!

Each class is an hour long and includes instruction on the Scientific Method, Inquiry Process, Animal Behavior and Ethograms, Food Webs and Chains, Predator vs Prey, and Botany: Life Cycle of a Plant; Pollination

During the Zooniversity semester, students will create a research journal to record their knowledge gained and observations made. Students will be able to take this journal home to reflect on their learning long after the class is complete!

For additional questions, please email tfenu@chattzoo.org or at 423-697-1322 ext: 7595.

  • January 25th - Inquiry Process: Observation vs Inference and the Scientific Method

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Introduction to Homeschool Academy Introduction to the Scientific Method Define Observation Practice Using Senses with Experiment

  • February 8th - Inquiry Process: Animal Behavior and Ethograms

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Review Observation vs Inference. Discuss Importance of Observation using Animal Behavior Practice. Animal Observation and Introduce Ethograms.

  • February 22nd - Inquiry Process: Ethograms

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Review Ethograms Rotate Through Animal Observations Chart Observations as a Class. Wrap Up: Inquiry Process

  • March 8th - Biology: Animal Eaters

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Introduce Animal “Eaters” Discuss Food Chains

  • March 22nd - Biology: Animal Eaters and Predator vs Prey

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Review Animal Eaters Define Adaptations Discuss “Food Getting” Adaptations Discuss Predators and Prey

  • April 5th - Botany: Life Cycle of a Seed and Parts of a Plant

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Introduce Plants as “Building Block of Habitat” Life Cycle of a Seed Sort the Parts of a Plant (Plant Dissection)

  • April 19th - Botany: Plants of the Biomes

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Identify Different Habitats Discuss Different Plants Plant Sort by Habitat

  • May 3rd - Botany: Pollination

    10:30a - 11:30a

    Discuss Pollen and Pollination Identify Pollinators Discuss WHY Pollinators are Important


Tuesdays at 10:30am

Zoo Tales

Zoo Tales is a complimentary story time program offered to all guests each Tuesday morning with regular Zoo admission. Zoo Tales encourages youth to read interactively by combining an engaging animal book with a corresponding animal encounter or educational activity. Come and join us as we get lost in a book and learn about our favorite furry friends! We can’t wait to share our stories with you.

Zoo Tales location subject to change at any time. For more information about zoo tales, please contact our Education Department at education@chattzoo.org or (423) 697-1319.


Pre-K & K
Super Duper Senses

Can you taste with your feet or smell with your tongue? Explore ways humans and other animals use their senses.

1st & 2nd Grade
Recipe For A Habitat

We'll add and mix up the "ingredients" that go into making a habitat and discover why they are so important to plants, animals and us.

1st & 2nd Grade
Animals Under Wrap

Fur, feathers, scales-OH MY! Animals have all kinds of different body coverings. Come explore this basic introduction to vertebrate classification.

1st – 5th Grade
Adventure Quest

What would we need to survive in the wild? Come take an adventure with us and find out! Then let’s see what cool adaptations our animal friends have to survive…

1st – 8th Grade
Everybody Poops

It’s a fact of life that everything poops. Is it just plain gross or is it very important to the environment?? Let’s look at actual animal poop and discover its value.

3rd – 5th Grade
Amazing Adaptations

Animals have and do some pretty bizarre things to help them survive. We will discover some of their Amazing Adaptations and a few of our own!

3rd – 5th Grade
Food Web Feast

Worms, trees, birds, snakes, and even fungus have their special roles! You'll fund out how important the entire cast is as we build a rainforest food webb.

3rd – 12th Grade
Expansion Expedition

The Zoo is getting bigger!!! Is it a simple process or an intricate, detailed endeavor? Let’s discover what it takes to design and build new animal habitats at the zoo.

6th – 8th Grade
Buy, Sell, SAVE

What we do and things we buy can impact wildlife-both good and bad. Find out how we can conserve wildlife in this game show style program.