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Learn in a Living Classroom with Zoo Programs

Pre-registration is required for all zoo programs. Registration closes three days prior to each program. Space is limited, so sign up today!

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All Zoo Programs

Ongoing
Zoo Explorers
Serving students from kindergarten–fifth grade, this facilitated field trip program introduces students to data-collection methods used by zoo scientists!
Thursdays, March 19–May 14
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play (Sold Out)
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Saturdays, March 21–May 16
LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play
Children ages 2–3 and an adult can connect with nature in an immersive play space that includes animal encounters, building, drawing, climbing and music-making activities.
Sunday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals, then watch the recipients enjoy them in their exhibits!
Wednesday, May 13
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Saturday, May 23
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, May 24
“Step Into Africa”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour through the wetlands, into the forest and onto the savannahs of Africa at Regenstein African Journey. This tour is for adults only.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 21 (Select Dates)
Conservation Camp
Conservation Camp offers half-day and full-day program options for animal and nature lovers from Pre-K to those entering fourth grade in fall 2015. Each Conservation Camp group explores the zoo and participates in activities to discover animal diversity, environmental conservation and ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.
Monday, June 8–Friday, August 14 (Select Dates)
Zoo Crew
Zoo Crew is a summer learning and outreach opportunity for kids entering fifth–eighth grade in the fall. Participants in the summer 2014 program work with peers and zoo staff to develop and implement environmentally minded projects to make positive changes in their own communities.
Wednesday, June 10
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Friday, June 19
SuperZooPicnic: Monkey See, Monkey Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo members are invited to an after-hours celebration just for them! The family fun includes obstacle courses, dancing to music by a DJ, pie eating contests and free train and carousel rides.
Saturday, June 20
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, June 27
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, June 28
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Wednesday, July 8
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Saturday, July 11
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, July 18
“Choose Your Own Safari” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, family-friendly, exclusive tour modeled after the popular book series “Choose Your Own Adventure”—with an African wildlife twist!
Sunday, July 19
“Saving Species: Primates” Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour focused on the zoo’s primate conservation efforts. For adults only.
Saturday, July 25
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, August 8
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Wednesday, August 12
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Friday, August 14
Campout at the Zoo
Families with children ages 5–12 can spend a summer night at the zoo! Stay for just the evening activities—including after-hours animal house tours, a campfire and s’mores and an optional dinner—or opt to pitch a tent on the beautiful South Lawn and wake up to hooting gibbons and honking flamingos!
Saturday, August 22
“History and Architecture”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour highlighting the history of Chicago’s landmark zoo, from historic architecture to modern exhibit design. For adults only.
Sunday, August 23
“Zoo Detectives”: Members-Only Zoo Safari Tour
Lincoln Park Zoo members can enjoy a free, exclusive, discussion-based tour with mystery theme! Collect clues as you visit different animal habitats to solve a puzzle in this family-friendly tour.
Wednesday, September 9
Evening Sculpture Stroll
Want to have the zoo all to yourself after the crowds have gone home? Join a sculpture tour guide and a zoo garden expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo’s sculpture exhibition, Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Questions? Call 312-742-2056 or email educationprograms@lpzoo.org.