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Zoo Sleepovers

Sleep over at the Henry Vilas Zoo! This is a great opportunity for both families and groups. Learn More

Preschool Pride

Our ever-popular Preschool Pride program is back by popular demand and growing into the school year! Preschool Pride classes are one hour programs for 2-4 year olds and their grownups. Learn More

Winter & Spring Break Zoo Camps

Come and spend your winter and spring breaks at our inquiry-focused spring break zoo camp! Campers enjoy special animal experiences and gain confidence in science investigations. Check back soon for more information about our winter & spring break camps.


Summer Zoo Camp

Come and spend the summer at our inquiry-focused summer zoo camp! Campers enjoy special animal experiences and gain confidence in science investigations. Check back soon for information about our 2019 camps.


Bleacher Programs
photo by Barb Key

Groups visiting the zoo are encouraged to schedule a Bleacher Program, which is a 30-minute presentations with live animals and a variety of age-appropriate content available at a low cost.  Learn More




School Trips

The Henry Vilas Zoo welcomes numerous groups from area schools, churches, after school programs, and more to enjoy our fun and educational environment at no charge.  Lunches and Train/Carousel ride tokens are available in advance to help make your visit even more memorable. We have some tips to help you make the most of your visit.  Learn More


Zoo to You

Bring the zoo animals to your group with our "Zoo to You" outreach program! Learn about our Education Animals and meet them up close. Learn More


Activities and Games

There's so much fun to be had when learning about animals and what you can do to help them, whether from home or during your visit.  Learn More

Teacher Resources

Arctic Passage Lesson - Grade 4
Note: This unit will fit well after or at the end of a unit studying energy and conservation.

Arctic Passage Lesson - Grade 5

Wisconsin Heritage Lesson - Grade 4