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Friends of the National Zoo offers educational programming for people of all ages through camps, classes, overnights, school programs and lectures. Undergraduate, graduate and professional trainings are offered through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.

Conservation Discovery Day

SBCI's annual festival is going virtual this year. Watch videos about conservation, and join live Q&As with researchers and scientists Friday, Oct. 2.

School Programs

Explore the wild side of your virtual classroom with a Zoo educator from the Smithsonian's National Zoo.


Go wild with children's classes from Friends of the National Zoo.

Zoo and Wildlife Career FAQs

How do you get a job at a zoo? Depending on the job, there are a lot of different answers. But there is one thing they all require: a commitment to the welfare of animals and the conservation of species.

Wild Side of STEAM

Join us every month to meet the faces behind saving species and explore the variety of unique careers available in STEAM.