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: https://virginiazoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Close-Encounters-K-thru-2nd-2023-2024.pdf
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
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.
School Based Program
1, 2, K
$350.00 per Group for School Group