The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Plan your visit.


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Explore a variety of educational programming for people of all ages through at-home activities, classes, school programs, webinars and more. Undergraduate, graduate and professional trainings are offered through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.


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The Zoo offers a variety of free, engaging and accessible webinars for learners of all ages, including our monthly STEM career series.

School Programs

An educator wearing a protective face covering talks to students via video on a phone and points out leaves and trees in the Amazonia exhibit
Discover animals, habitats and conservation through engaging virtual programs with a Zoo educator. 

Educational Activities at Home

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Find resources to engage learners in grades preK-12 with science, the natural world, wildlife and conservation.

Bridging the Americas / Unidos por las aves

Students in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. connect with students in Latin America through shared migratory birds.

Early Childhood and Families

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Early childhood and family learning experiences connect the Zoo's youngest visitors (birth to 8 years old) and their learning partners to wildlife and nature.