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.


  • $3.00 per student
  • $2.00 per NSLP student
  • $7.00 per registered adult
  • $9.95 per non-registered adult

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!

The Chattanooga Zoo’s Homeschool Family Days is an event designed for the whole family to enjoy! What better way to get more involved in the world of wildlife and conservation through live animal programs, keeper chats, crafts and activities?! We hold two Homeschool Family events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Each visit is different from the last! See below for more information about this year's schedule!

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

September 22nd Fall 2017 - Conserve and Preserve!

1:00p - 3:00p

Conservation and preservation are some of the zoo’s driving factor for education! Come learn why it's important to conserve our resources, and how this can save endangered animal species! Take home an awesome water bottle that YOU designed with conservation in mind! What does it mean to be endangered? Find out this fall semester with our zoo educators and keepers!


March 23rd Spring 2018 - Animal Care and Exploration!

1:00p - 3:00p

“What does a zookeeper do every day?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions at the zoo! Would you like to find out?! Come join us this spring semester for a special look into the animal care that our zookeepers provide daily to our amazing zoo animals! Pick up “poop”, get trained like an animal, and explore enrichment making with our zoo educators and keepers!

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.