Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



How Do You Zoo?

x-ray Let your imagination run WILD! FONZ Staff will help you explore Zoo careers in this interactive play space. Test your skills by completing tasks in four dramatic play areas within the exhibit. Complete research in the Small Mammal House, become an animal chef, examine animal x-rays, and take care of business as a Smithsonian's National Zoo Keeper. Pass your training and become a certified Jr. Zoo Staff member (each child will receive a participation patch)!

Please note: there are no live animals in How Do You Zoo?.

Ages: 5-10
Program Options & Fees:

  • How Do You Zoo? (1.5 hours): $18 per participant
  • How Do You Zoo? & walking tour of Asia Trail (2 hours): $25 per participant
  • Group Size: 5-25 children per program. One adult chaperone for every five children is required. Chaperones are free.
    Cancellation policy: A 75% refund will be issued if notification is received by the FONZ Education Programs Office via e-mail, fax, or mail at least two weeks prior to the start of the class. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. How Do You Zoo programs are non-transferable.

    Click here to download our Group Request Form.

    Please email us for discounted packages for school groups.

    Interested in further educational opportunities? Wilderness Explorer Kits are full of hands-on, inquiry-based lesson plans complete with artifacts, media, manipulatives, printable pages and more! For more information please contact us.