Virtual Close Encounter


This 30-minute virtual program includes 3 animal ambassadors and has a wide variety of themes to choose from. Our programs include digital learning resources and a test call with one of our Zoo Educators.

Grades Pre-K – 12th | $175 per program

Maximum # of Devices: Dependent on virtual program platform (Zoom or Google Meets). The Virginia Zoo does not limit the number of participants in our virtual programs, but the program platform may limit the number of devices that can join.

Choose a Close Encounter Theme:

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, Ecosystems, Animals


500 students


30 min.


Virtual Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Preschool

Price Options

$175.00 per Group for School Group