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 field trip, enroll in a homeschool 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.

Qualifications
  • You must be an accredited public or private school, Head Start program, pre-school or organized homeschool 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.

Rates

  • $3 Students (+$3 per student for program)
  • $2 Title 1 School students  (+$3 per student for program)
  • $8 extra chaperones
    Extra Chaperones must register with school to receive this pricing

HomeSchool Series

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

Each class is an hour and thirty minutes long and includes instructions, activities, crafts, and games.

NOW offering our Home School Series for middle school grade students! 6th-8th-grade instruction will include scientific classification, microscope investigations, single-celled organisms, plant cell and leaf structure, cell biology, and DNA models. 

K-2nd and 3rd–5th grade classes are now FULL. Sign up for our communications list to get updates on our homeschool classes and to be the first to register for our Spring 2019 semester! Please email education@chattzoo.org or call 423-697-1322 ext. 7595.

6th – 8th grade still has spots available, so register now!

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 education@chattzoo.org or at 423-697-1322.



K-2nd & 3rd-5th
  • August 9th – Sorting the World: Introduction to Scientific Classification

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • August 23rd – Let the Germs Begin: Microbes (Bacteria & Protozoans)

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • September 6th – There’s a Fungus Amongus: Introduction to Fungi

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • September 20th – No Bones About It: Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • October 4th – What’s in Your Pond: Fish & Amphibians

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • October 18th – Scary or Just Scaly: Reptiles

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • November 1st – Our Feathered Friends: Birds

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • November 15th – Magnificent Mammals: Mammal Observations

    10:30a - 12:00p


  • 6th-8th
  • August 16th – Introduction to Classification of Living Organisms

    10:30a-12:00p

  • August 30th – Microscopic World: Using a microscope

    10:30a-12:00p

  • September 13th – Single-Celled Organisms: Microbe Study

    10:30a-12:00p

  • September 27th – Plant Cells & Leaf Structure

    10:30a-12:00p

  • October 11th – Flower Dissection

    10:30-12:00p

  • October 25th – Animal Cells: Cell Biology

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • November 8th – It's in Your Genes: DNA Model

    10:30a - 12:00p

  • November 15th – Cellular Division: Mitosis

    10:30a - 12:00p

Rates

 

6-8th Grade Rates

 
  • $90 Full Semester Non-Member
  • $80    Full Semester Member
  • $12 Individual Class Non-Member
  • $10 Individual Class Member
  • Register 6th-8th
Tuesdays at 10:30am

Zoo Tales

Zoo Tales is a complimentary storytime 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.

Programs

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 web.

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.