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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.

Live Bird Friendly

Birds are in trouble, but you can help bring them back. Live bird friendly by starting with these seven simple actions.

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.

Educational Activities at Home

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

School Programs

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


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