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NEW Zoo Camp!

Everything you loved about Zoo School is now BIGGER and BETTER with our new and improved Zoo Camp!

Zoo Camp features your favorite aspects of our Zoo School programming - exclusive animal encounters, trips behind the scenes, and visits with zoo keepers - now with a full-day, week-long program offering enhanced lessons and activities, several different themes for each age group, and FREE before and after care!

Click here for more information and to register for Zoo Camp 2017.


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






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 3-4 year olds and their grownups. Learn More

Zoo Sleepovers

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