Micke Grove Zoo

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Education and Interpretive Programs
Presented by the Micke Grove Zoological Society

Micke Grove Zoo's Education Department offers a variety of educational and interpretive programs to provide the community it serves an up-close exploration of the natural world. The Education Department houses a collection of unique education Animal Ambassadors that are featured in many of the zoo's programs. Click the links below to find out more!

 Office Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 8:30AM-5PM

Programs for Families
Wouldn't you love to visit the zoo after dark? Or check out the zoo "behind the scenes?" Micke Grove Zoo provides a variety of programs for families, children, and adults. Learn more about our public programs!

Field Trips at Micke Grove Zoo
Micke Grove Zoo offers year-round education classes in the zoo and at the zoo's Alice S. Hunter Education Building. Programs are designed for children in Pre-Kindergarten through high school and integrate current standards, including the California life science, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards and STEM. Most of our learning adventures include animal encounters and provide unique connections to the natural world that students would not be able to experience anywhere else!

Zoo Mobile - Let Us Bring the Zoo to You!
In recent times, schools and other facilities have found it increasingly difficult to fund or organize field trips to sites such as Micke Grove Zoo. Let us relieve your stress and bring the Zoo to YOU using our Zoo Mobile. We bring live animal ambassadors, strong curriculum content, and a great time! Best of all, we can provide it for senior facilities and group picnics, too!

Click here for the Title I School Scholarship Information and Application Page.

The Zoo Mobile is also available for community outreach events!

2015 Nature Bowl
Nature Bowl is an annual science based educational program for 3rd - 6th graders that increases ecological knowledge and conservation literacy. In team settings, students eagerly learn about the environment while building teamwork skills and sharpening their creative and critical thinking abilities. The program curriculum corresponds with California’s “Next Generation” Science Standards, which makes it a popular event for teachers and educators. Nature Bowl, currently in its 30th year, is coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and partner organizations. Become a coach or sign up your team today!

Zoo Camps
Let your wild child explore the wonderful world of animals through one of our many Zoo Camp programs! We offer half-day week long programs in summer and full single day programs in winter. Click here to explore our Zoo Camp programs!

We provide a variety of volunteer opportunties for teens interested in education or animal care to seniors passionate about wildlife and wildlife education. Check out all of the ways you can volunteer at your local zoo!

Additional Resources

With specific questions, please call the Micke Grove Zoo Education Department at (209) 331-2138 or email zooed@sjgov.org.

Education Staff

Allison Meador
Director of Conservation Education

Kristy B.
Special Programs Coordinator

Jessica L.
Program Animal Manager

Natalie D.
Education Specialist