Summer | Close Encounters ~ Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


ake 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:

$12 per student and any additional chaperones
Minimum: $350

Group Size: 30 students + 3 chaperones

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!

Behind the Scenes Tours

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

The invoice is sent to the email listed on the request form. Payment can be made through the link in the email or over the phone.
Payment needs to be done ASAP once you receive your invoice.

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



Science, Biology, Life Sciences, Animals


30 students, Max 3 chap., Min 1 chap.


30 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, K

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group