Friends of the National Zoo

Member News and Information

Classes for 2-3s and 3-5s start Feb 15!

Children's classes offer a variety of interactive experiences to discover the natural world. Using hands-on activities, crafts, experiments, and the Zoo's animal collection, your child will explore concepts in environmental science, strengthen skills needed for success in the classroom, and develop important social skills.


Homeschool class Eat or Be Eaten starts Feb 22!

Homeschool classes at the National Zoo are a unique addition to your child's science curriculum. Experiments, hands-on artifact explorations, interactive discussions with Zoo professionals, and, of course, the Zoo's animal collection will engage students in a class experience they will never forget.


Animal News


Member Parking Information

A valid FONZ membership card with matching photo ID is required for free or discounted parking. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early when weather is nice. National Zoo parking gates open at 8:00 a.m. April through October and many animals are in their outdoor exhibits before 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.

Members who forget their membership cards, do not have matching IDs, or present illegible or expired cards or IDs, will be charged the full parking fee.

Need a temporary replacement card? Please contact the FONZ Membership Office at least 1 business day in advance your visit if notice your card is damaged or missing so that we can send you a temporary membership verification letter via email. The FONZ Membership Office can be reached directly via email or phone at (202) 633-2922, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Lost your membership cards? Replacement cards are available online for a $5.00 reprinting fee.