Summer Safari Camps – June thru August 2021 – The 2022 Summer Safari schedule available for download.  For kids starting at age 4, these exciting summer camps offer games, stories, zoo tours, and up-close encounters with animals.  Spend your summer at the Zoo!

Starlight Safari Sleepover
For groups with kids ages 7 and up. Spend a WILD night at the Zoo and enjoy a pizza party, flashlight tour of the zoo, and a “batty” bed-time story. After “indoor-camping,” participants eat an outdoor breakfast and receive a certificate. This is a very popular program for scouts and other youth organizations. FEE: $35 per person, with a minimum group size of 15 people. The minimum rate for groups smaller than 15 is $525. Contact us to request more information and receive a registration form. These events fill up early, so two weeks advanced notice is recommended call (956) 548-WILD (9453). (Program fee is subject to change).

Summer Teen Program
The Summer Teen Program is an eight-week service-learning opportunity for students entering 8th-12th grade. Approximately 30 students are admitted each summer to work in special areas of the Zoo. This is a very competitive program and does include a fee.  All teens interested must complete an application form and submit a recent proof of negative TB test. Applications do not become available until April 1st. For more information, contact the Education Department at (956) 548-9453 or

The Zoo has volunteer opportunities available for adults and those interested should contact the Education Department.


Gladys Porter Zoo offers special discounted admission rates to schools. Only school groups that are part of a state accredited school or licensed preschool are eligible for the school rates.  Single payment, reservation and minimum of 10 students are required to be eligible for the discount.

Admission for School Groups
School groups must pre-register by calling the Zoo (956) 546-7187 to schedule your field trip.

School Rates:

The school rates are as follows: $6.00 for Pre-K thru College (minimum 10 students required). One teacher/adult is admitted free for every ten students, additional adults and teachers pay only $7.00 each. Single payment and reservation are required to receive discounted rate. (Program fee is subject to change) To schedule your field trip and reservations contact admission office at (956) 546-7187.

Download our flyer to post in your school. (Click Here for PDF flyer)

Inquiries about school programs and best times to visit the Zoo, or for information about your school district becoming a member of “Partners in Conservation through Education” and receive further discounts and services, contact us at (956) 548-WILD or


Safari Chats Connecting with Animals

This program is offered in the Zoo amphitheater and includes animal facts and the chance to get a close look at – and even touch – live animals. Students Teaching Students Presenters will answer audience questions from the audience. This unique program is presented by teams of college, high school, and middle school students. Presentations are appropriate for all age levels, and pre-registration is not needed but is recommended in busy spring months. Free with paid Zoo admission.

Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30a.m. and 10:15a.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30p.m. and 2:15p.m.

(For alternate times please contact the Education Department at (956) 548-9453.


Several different 2-3 hour long classes have been designed to give your students an individualized educational experience on a specific subject. Classes include instructions, games, activity sheets and a Zoo tour that relates to the lesson material.

Topics and Grade:

Animals Have Class (K to 4th )
Junior Zookeepers (2nd to 9th )
Zoo Careers (7th to 12th )

Please contact us at (956) 548-WILD or for details and fee information.

Teacher Workshops
Learn creative ways to teach elementary school children. Workshops are offered to Brownsville teachers, however anyone interested in teaching about animals and the Zoo is encouraged to participate.


The Education Department offers short animal presentations on site for school groups, retirement communities, and special schools whenever possible. Call for rates.


This is the children’s page in the Zoo’s member magazine ZooNews. It contains animal information, puzzles and games especially for kids and their parents.

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