Offsite Close Encounter Program ~ Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


Take a closer look! These programs provide a more in-depth learning experience for up to 30 participants. Throughout each program, participants will meet 3 animal ambassadors.

Choose a theme for your program:

Group Size: 30 students + 3 chaperones

Set Fee: $350
Discounts available for consecutively booked programs

Travel Fee (round-trip):
Free within Norfolk
Up to 15 miles - $25
16-30 miles - $30
31-45 miles - $35
45-60 miles - $45

To know the standards of learning for each theme, please email

Offered At

Virginia Zoo

Our school and group programs are great for any group – not just schools! Scouts, homeschool groups, libraries, senior centers, and more can all enjoy these exciting offerings. These programs give participants a memorable, fun, and highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation.

All programs are age-appropriate and complement the Virginia Standards of Learning along with curriculum requirements in North Carolina and for private schools. Scouts can also complete certain badge requirements; ask us for more information!

We share our reservation portal with our school programs. Guests that are reserving a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, don't be alarmed when the site asks for teachers' information and school information.
Teacher = Main Tour Contact | Organization Address = Home Address
Invoice is sent out through PayPay but can be paid over the phone.

For all reservation requests, there must be a 10-day notice of the date requested.



Science, Biology, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, Animals


30 students, 1 chap. per 10 stu.


30 min.


School Based Program


1, 2, K

Price Options

$350.00 per Group for School Group