Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Animal Encounters and Daily Programs

Animal training, feeding, demonstrations, keeper talks—something is always happening at the Zoo.

How Do You Zoo? Program

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 pretend settings 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 Zookeeper. Pass your training and become certified Jr. Zoo Staff (each child will receive a participation patch)!


The National Zoo's Amazonia Science Gallery (ASG) is an 8,000-square-foot experimental science education and outreach center that brings visitors into the day-to-day world of scientific research and the people who do it.

Activity Sheets: Print and Bring to the Zoo

Social Narratives

Social narratives are resource guides for individuals with cognitive disabilities and are useful as a pre-visit guide to animal areas within the park. The social narratives highlight what visitors may encounter while touring the zoo. In addition to showcasing animals in the collection, these guides also provide information on quiet areas, educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and artistic works. We encourage you to use the social narratives as an educational resource, or to enhance school field trips to the Zoo.

Volunteer Interpreters

Most areas are staffed with volunteer interpreters who can enhance your experience with artifacts, animal feedings, and special informal programs. Look for a red FONZ volunteer shirt and name tag.

Special Events

Events that celebrate animals, cultures, and Zoo science provide unique, hands-on learning opportunities for the general public throughout the year.