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VISITORS: The Harvard Street NW Bridge/entrance to the Zoo will be closed to vehicular traffic until 1:00 p.m. today, Oct. 19, to facilitate a federal highways bridge inspection. Pedestrians will have access to the bridge throughout the closure.
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Plan a Fieldtrip

Is your class or group planning a trip to the Zoo? Be sure to check out these activities to enhance the experience. 

Zoo Activity Sheets

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a popular destination for school groups, scouts, and many other programs. Print ahead and enjoy these activity sheets during your visit.

Children have the chance to make believe completing research in the Small Mammal House, becoming an animal chef, examining animal x-rays, and taking care of business as a Smithsonian's National Zoo keeper. Learn more about How Do You Zoo?

Enhance your school’s field trip to the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a “Jr. Zoologist” classroom session or a guided “World Safari” trek through the park. These engaging, inquiry-based, discussion-oriented lessons are designed to correspond to with Next Generation Science Standards and Virginia Standards of Learning.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Dec. 1, and programs begin the first week of January. Learn more about school programs.