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Select from a variety of special experiences you can have at the Zoo with your school group.

Night Safari Programs

This overnight program is a unique and educational experience for participants ages 5 through adult. Participants may choose to sleep under the stars, on the MetaZoo stage or inside the MetaZoo Education Center.

Night Safari program includes:

  • A presentation featuring animals
  • Group activities related to the topic of the night
  • Guided night & morning walks through the Zoo
  • Nature video
  • Evening snack
  • Continental Breakfast
  • NEW - Parking (no fee is assessed for Night Safari participants)

For details and registration information, click here Or call (502) 238-5344, or e-mail Kim.Allgeier@louisvilleky.gov

Boy Scout & Girl Scout Programs at the Zoo

Need some help with environmental, nature or animal based Badge and Patch requirements? Perhaps you would just like to have a fun and educational troop meeting here at the Zoo.

We can offer a wide selection of customized programs and activities. Program opportunities vary according to the individual needs and size of the group.

For details and registration information on custom scout programs, click here or call (502) 238-5344, or e-mail Kim.Allgeier@louisvilleky.gov.  For more information on a Basic Field Trip (visiting the Zoo on our own), click here.

Parking - Scout groups, daycares, YMCAs, and other groups will be assessed a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Zoo Membership are not valid for groups (admission or parking).  Purchase online for maximum convenience.

A.D.O.P.T.S. Program

Animals Depend on People to Survive

Invite your students to help raise funds to help preserve precious species.  When we teach children about conservation, they become involved in the responsibility we share to preserve and care for our world. All funds donated to ADOPTS go toward caring for the animals here at the Zoo.

By participating in this important program, your students will learn about and develop a connection to their classroom’s chosen animal. Many of these animals are endangered species whose very survival depends on all of us working together on conservation efforts. Adoptions are a fun and interesting way to encourage the natural curiosity children have about animals.

Many teachers use a classroom adoption to connect geography, history, environmental studies and science with an animal that students can actually see at the Zoo. Such connections often have a lasting and long-reaching effect on a child’s awareness of our world.

As an A.D.O.P.T.S. program participant your class will receive:

  • A picture and information card for the classes’ chosen animal
  • An adoption certificate suitable for framing
  • A plush animal

Cost:  Classroom adoptions start at $75.

For more information, click here or call (502) 238-5389, or e-mail christine.vanormer@louisvilleky.gov.