× Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Zoo will be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On open days (Thursday - Sunday), the Zoo will close at 3 p.m. Select animal buildings remain closed. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas.

Zoo Webinars

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Tune in from near and far to learn about animals, conservation and careers along with educators at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Don’t miss the series UnZOOsual Careers, designed for grades 6-8, where students can meet staff with lesser-known or “unzoosual” careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). And new this year are our assembly programs, webinar-variations of our NGSS-aligned virtual school programs for grades K-5 that explore various habitats, animal adaptations, lifecycles and more!


Webinars are free, and registration is requested but not required. Webinars are hosted live via Zoom and are approximately 45 minutes long with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A. Students will not be visible to the speaker and moderators, but they will be able to engage through polls and submit questions in writing through a Q&A.   

Webinars will be live captioned. If you need any additional services, please contact nzp-education@si.edu.


Webinars are open to individuals and groups of all sizes. To request a private webinar for your school or group, contact nzp-education@si.edu (special requests are not guaranteed). If you are seeking a private program for a class or group of 10-100 students, visit the school programs page for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Check the virtual programs calendar for a complete list of upcoming webinars and other distance learning programs. Most webinars will be recorded and archived on this page for those who cannot attend the live programs.

Zoo nutritionist, Erin, holds screaming hairy armadillo, Sherman. Erin is wearing a black mask, navy jacket and light blue latex gloves. Sherman's front paws rest on Erin's left hand as he too looks at the camera.

UnZOOsual Careers

Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ET

Meet Erin Kendrick and learn about her unZOOsual career as clinical nutritionist! This program is free, live captioned and ASL interpreted.

Grades: 6-8

Standards: Supports NGSS MS-LS1-5, MS-LS-1-7, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-3


A cheetah laying in the grass on a sunny day

Detective Dentition

Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. ET

Put your detective skills to the test and uncover the identity of several African animals by examining their skulls and using clues about consumer groups.

Grades: 3-5

Standards: Supports NGSS 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1


UnZOOsual Careers Archives

To watch the latest episode of UnZOOsual Careers, click the play button below. For more episodes, visit the UnZOOsual Careers playlist to choose from our full list of featured careers.

Other Webinar Archives

Join Juan Rodriguez on a virtual field trip to meet and learn about clouded leopards!

Original Air Date: January 13, 2021.

Join Thomas Wippenbeck on a virtual field trip to the Zoo’s Amazonia Science Gallery, where he manages and keeps several tanks of live corals!

Original Air Date: January 22, 2021.

Join Kyle Miller from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on a virtual field trip to meet lizards at the Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center!

Original Air Date: January 27, 2021.

Learn how animal care staff at SCBI care for black-footed ferrets and how ecologists in the field conserve species in the American Great Plains.

Original Air Date: Apr. 22, 2021 

In this backyard bird banding webinar, bird ecologist Brian Evans demonstrates how scientists band birds and explains how we can make habitats more bird friendly.

Original Air Date: May 5, 2021


Contact the Zoo's Center for Learning Innovation at nzp-education@si.edu.