Behind the Scenes Programs

The NEW Zoo’s Education Department has a wide variety of programs available for nearly any audience or group.  We cater to the young and to the young-at-heart!  If you are interested in adding a little “something extra” to your zoo visit, consider booking an educational program with us.  All of the programs listed below are appropriate for small or large groups, including families, corporations, and more.

Daily VIP Summer Experiences

  • Go behind the scenes! During the Summer season, we offer a selection of Daily Experience Programs. Tickets must be purchased on arrival to the NEW Zoo and some age limits exist, depending on the program. Check out our 2018 Summer Schedule here.

Wild Encounters

  • These private group programs get you up-close and personal with select zoo critters. Geared towards small groups of up to 6* people, Wild Encounters provide a wonderful way to make your visit a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  *Additional guests may be added, depending on program.

Zookeeper for a Day

  • This popular program provides hands-on experience making animal diets, cleaning exhibits, and more!  Perfect for children (ages 8 and up) who love animals and want to know what it’s like to work with them.  This program can be purchased as a gift – and it makes a great one!  Visit the Wild Encounters page for details.

Art for Animals

  • These programs get you up-close with a critter while also creating a canvas painting featuring one of our animals. These programs are for anyone aged 16+, no painting experience necessary! Our talented artist will lead you through the painting process.  Proceeds benefit conservation.

Overnight Programs

  • Our ZOO SNOOZE program is perfect for any group!  Although most-popular with Scout groups, we can also accommodate church groups and school groups.  We even have special school group rates for weekday programs. Our Snooze programs can be tailored for nearly any group type, including families.


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