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Animal Presentation at the Zoo

Enjoy a personal presentation with our live Animal Ambassadors. Your group will have the opportunity to learn about and see up-close a variety of animals including mammals, reptiles, birds and more. Presentations can be tailored to incorporate specific topics or lessons.

Program Information:
• Ages 5 to adult
• 30 minutes, 3-4 animals
• 1-150 participants, including chaperones.

• $300

• Zoo access before/after presentation is not included. Please see Self-Guided Field Trips for pricing.

Please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268
to schedule.

Inside Look Tour

Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the inner workings of a zoo. During this program, your group will visit the Zoo’s commissary where the animals’ diets are made and  tour our world-class manatee hospital.

Program Information:
• Ages 5 through adult
• 30-45 minutes
• $10 per participant (for school groups)

General Zoo Admission is required.

To schedule a tour, please call
(813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

You may bring a camera and take photos during the tour; however we may enter areas behind-the-scenes which you may be asked not to photograph. Video recording is not permitted.

Summer Teacher Appreciation Offer
June 6-August 16, 2015


Learning comes naturally at the Zoo!  Florida certified teachers of grades K-12 from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota Counties receive a free Zoo ticket this summer. Teachers may purchase up to two additional one-day admissions at a discounted rate of $15 each (adult or child) for use the same day. Teachers will need to present valid identification* at the Zoo's main ticket windows for entrance.


*This offer is valid for Florida certified teachers grades K-12 only, and may not be transferred to any other person. The offer does not include support personnel.  Teachers must present valid professional or temporary FDOE teaching certification, pay stub and Florida ID to receive this offer.

Choose from amazing animal encounters or a guided tour from one of our animal experts for an "EdZOOcational" adventure! All programs integrate Common Core Standards. Programs available for grades K-12.



Self-Guided Field Trips

Grades Pre-K - 12 & College Students

  • 1 free chaperone per 5 students in grades Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • 1 free chaperone per 10 students grades 1 and up and mixed groups (ex. a group with K-3 grades)
  • Free parking
  • Free admission for bus drivers
  • Minimum of 15 paying visitors required for group rate

    Click HERE for pricing and to register for your field trip


Save Time & Money by Pre-Ordering Lunches & Gift Bags

Pre-Ordered Lunch Packages

Avoid long lines and pick up your pre-ordered items to enhance your school group experience.

Click HERE
to learn more about school group lunch packages at the Zoo.

Pre-Ordered Gift Bags

We offer a gift bag program that allows students to purchase a souvenir without shopping in the
gift shop.

$5.00 Gift Bag Includes:

  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo postcard
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo pencil
  • Surprise item (such as a keychain, small toy, stickers, etc.)

For an additional fee, gift bags can feature specific animals and/or include a plush. Bags will be available for pick up at the main gate gift shop on the day of your visit.

Call the gift shop buyer at (813) 935-8552 ext. 215 to order your gift bags.

Must be ordered in advance.

Wetlands Connection Science Safari

Looking for an educational experience focusing on Florida’s environment? This program is perfect for students to learn the importance of wetlands and the vital role they play in Florida’s ecology. While at the Zoo, students will participate in an experiment, have an encounter with an animal ambassador, go on a scavenger hunt, and more.

Program Information:

• Grades 4-12
• 2.5 hours
• 15-60 participants, including chaperones
• $14 per student
• 1 free chaperone per 10 students

• $14 for additional chaperones
• Zoo access before/after program is not included. Please see Self-Guided Field Trips for pricing.

Call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268 to schedule.

Educator Curriculum For Field Trips to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Elementary School Educator’s Activity Guide Download (PDF)

Middle & High School Educator's Activity Guide COMING SOON!


The Recycling Invasive Plants (RIP) Teacher Packet Download (PDF)

Wetlands Connections Teacher Packet Download (PDF)

Primate Observation Histogram
Instructions for Primate Log Download (PDF)
Primate Observation Log Download (PDF)



Zoo Adventure Tours

Your group will get unique insight and behind-the-scenes information on one of the Zoo’s amazing animal areas with these tours led by a knowledgeable Zoo guide.

Program Information:

  • Ages 5 to adult
  • 45-60 minutes
  • 15-50 participants, including chaperones
  • Large groups must be divided into groups of 25 or fewer participants for tour
  • $4 per student
  • 1 free chaperone per 10 students
  • $4 for additional chaperones
  • Zoo access before/after tour is not included. Please see Self-Guided Field Trips for pricing.

Tour Area Options:
Florida Boardwalk: Meet the original Florida natives past, present, and some with a future unknown.
Primate World: Bring your group of primates to meet ours and learn about the cool characteristics of our closest cousins in the animal kingdom.
Asian Gardens: From unusual Tapirs to rare Malaysian Tigers, explore the fascinating animals of this massive continent.
Safari Africa: The African savannah is home to elusive and diverse wildlife as well as some of the world’s largest land mammals. Take a trek to see what African animals you can discover.

Call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268 to schedule.



Scavenger Hunts


Use your animal instincts to solve clues, work together, and have fun with the Zoo’s scavenger hunts such as ZSI: Zoo Scene Investigation. Scavenge smartly and hunt hurriedly…the winning group gets a prize.


Program Information:


  • Ages 5 to adult
  • 60 minutes
  • 1-100 participants $125, 101-200 participants $225
  • Must be scheduled in advance
  • Zoo admission is required. Please see Self-Guided Field Trips for pricing.

To schedule a scavenger hunt, please call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

Animal Careers Workshops

Discover more about animal related careers and get to know some of the animals at the Zoo up-close. The workshop includes an introduction to animal careers, an animal encounter, and a Zoo tour including a “behind-the-scenes” component and an animal enrichment or husbandry experience.

Program Information:

  • Grades 6-12
  • 2 hours
  • 15-60 participants, including chaperones
  • Large groups must be divided into groups of 20 or fewer participants for parts of the workshop
  • $14 per student
  • 1 free chaperone per 10 students
  • $14 for additional chaperones
  • Zoo access before/after program is not included. Please see Self-Guided Field Trips for pricing.

Call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268 to schedule.

Summer Camps
And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2014 African Penguin Poster Contest.

Elementary Winner:
Apollo Beach Elementary
Middle School Winner:
Advantage Academy of Hillsborough
High School Winner:
Blake High School
Overall Winner:
Carly S.
Blake High School
Summer Camps

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for more info on Tours & Special Experiences at the Zoo.

Great American Teach In 2014 - 2015

Each year we are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this important educational opportunity. Last year, we were humbled to receive more than 150 requests for speakers from teachers, administrators, parents and students. We are proud that 15 staff members and volunteers dedicated time to visit 10 Bay area schools, reaching more than 2,200 children.

If you are interested in Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo attending the Great American Teach-In at your school, please click HERE to request a speaker. If your school is selected, we will contact you by October, 15, 2014.

Please see below for a number of alternative resources and programs offered year-round, specifically designed to support classroom education and curriculum.

Teacher Resources
• Pre and Post Field Trip Materials - The Zoo School offers curriculum designed to prepare and enhance your students’ learning opportunities and experience at the Zoo.
• Team Leader Meetings and Teacher Workshops – We offer dedicated classroom space for teacher meetings, by reservation.

In-Zoo Programs
• Self-Guided Field Trips to the Zoo at great discounts.
• Guided Tours of various areas of the Zoo.
• Animal Presentations with the Zoo's Animal Ambassadors.

Offsite Programs
• The Zoo's Educators will bring live animals directly to your school in exciting and educational programs.
• Annual Art and Essay Contests to help build awareness of wildlife conservation.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that depends on the work of staff, volunteers and committed supporters throughout our community to provide quality programs and services. We can appreciate firsthand your hard work and that of your colleagues to provide excellence in education, and hope that we can work together in that endeavor.


Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is dedicated to serving as an educational resource for the community.

We receive many requests from students of all ages who are seeking to pursue projects or homework assignments at the Zoo. While we greatly appreciate the interest, unfortunately we receive too many requests to assist with each one individually. However, we have created this student resource guide to assist with some of the most commonly asked questions/requests.

Click HERE to learn more about the Zoo’s commitment to conservation, education and research.
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