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Manatee Rescue Sleepover on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 
Learn about what Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo does to save Florida's gentle giants. Tour our rescue facilities and sleep near the manatees in our
air-conditioned Manatee Building.
Program Information:

  • K-5th Grade Students
  • Children must be accompanied by adults. Sorry, no “adults only”
  • $35 per participant
  • Drop off time: 7:00p.m.
  • Pick up time: 8:00a.m.

Register online by clicking here.


Holiday Classes for Kids Ages 2-5 and their Families!
Come celebrate the Holidays at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo School.

Cost: Zoo Pass Holders $20/Non- Zoo Pass Holders $25 (includes 1 child and 1 adult). COST DOES NOT INCLUDE ZOO ADMISSION FOR PARENT OR CHILD!   You MUST purchase tickets or use a Zoo Pass to enter the Zoo.  Registration is required no later than 1 week prior to class. An adult MUST accompany the child (ren).  Classes take place rain or shine.  Class sizes are limited to 20 children per day, so register soon.

Boo Zoo
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
When:  Tuesday-Saturday, October 27-31

Wear your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a few tricks and a few treats.  Meet some creepy crawly slippery slimy animal friends, as well as enjoying a visit from The Great Pumpkin and a not so spooky carriage ride!  Take part in creating a ghoulish craft and drink some slimy juice and munch on fingers, oh, I mean yummy snacks.  Beware!

Gobble Gobble
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
When:  Tuesday-Friday, November 17-21

If you like turkey you will love getting to know some a little better.  Join us to celebrate the life of this amazing bird.  Take part in creating a masterpiece to decorate your Thanksgiving Day table.  Enjoy a yummy snack with juice/water and a visit from Tom Turkey!

Winter Wonder Celebration
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
When:  Monday-Saturday, December 14-19

Come celebrate Winter and all the magic it brings.  Join us for a wonderful holiday book by our fireplace (no worries about getting to close, it is pretend).  Bring along your favorite Teddy Bear to snuggle up next to.  We will learn how animals magically change to prepare for the winter season and make a winter present (enrichment) to share with an animal friend at the Zoo.  We will have warm coco or apple cider and a tasty treat along with a visit from an animal friend.      

Register online by clicking here.

Can’t find a reliable baby sitter? Trust your children to the professional Education Department staff at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Arrange to drop your kids off at the Zoo School for an evening. While you go out and have yourself a wild time! We will supply the entertainment, pizza and drinks.

Drop off time: 5:30p.m.
Pick up time: 11p.m.
Fee: $30 for one child, $10 for two or more children (per child rate)
Age: 3-5 (must be potty trained)
Ages: 6-8
Dates: First Saturday of every Month

October and December costs will be $40 for one child, $35 for each additional child as we will be attending Zoo Boo and Wild Wonderland.

Register online by clicking here.


Travel the world from the comfort of our Zoo.  This amazing adventure is for adults and stroller-age children. Each Wednesday your “Safari Guide” will guide you through various domains of the Zoo. The tour features exciting behind-the-scenes information about Zoo animals, such as animal names and favorite foods. Your “Safari Guide” will focus on particular animals in the Zoo allowing you and your child to gain a closer interaction with that particular animal. This class is great for both parent and child to learn as well as socialize with the animals.

Each class will:
• Meet a special animal friend or give enrichments to a zoo animal
• See and touch biofacts like feathers, shells, fur, bones and owl pelts
• Discover fun facts about animals and nature
• An activity page to take home with fun facts taught that day
Program Information:

No reservation necessary. Walk-ups welcomed.

Ages: all ages
Cost: $5 includes 1 child and 1 adult, an additional charge of $3 for additional children or adults. Payment must be made with cash, check, or Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo tokens (tokens can be purchased at the front gate) to your “Safari Guide”.  Meet your “Safari Guide” for an exciting adventure each and every Wednesday at the Manatee Fountain.
Every Wednesday, during the months of June, July and August the program begins at 9:45am and concludes at 10:15am.

NEW TIME: Every Wednesday starting September 2, 2009. 
The program will begin at 10 am and conclude10:30 a.m.

Your program will consist of Behind the Scenes information in addition to creating an enrichment for one of our wonderful animals.
Ages 18 and up

1 hour and 10 minutes (50 minute guided tour, 20 minute enrichment) VIP Tour: Maximum of $120 for up to 8 adults Tours are scheduled 7 days a week

For Saturday and Sunday tours, please book early, Staff availability limited. Payment is due two weeks in advance.

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



Enroll your kids in great day camps during their school holidays. A typical day at camp includes:
  • Zoo hikes
  • Classroom lessons with pictures and artifacts
  • Daily animal encounter or animal enrichment
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Animal shows
  • Animal feedings
  • Keeper talks
  • Educational videos

  • Schedules will vary depending on the grade level, instructor and weekly theme.

    Program Information (all costs per child):
    One-Day Camp: Zoo Pass Holder $55/ Non-Zoo Pass Holder $65
    Five-Day Camp: Zoo Pass Holder $165/Non-Zoo Pass Holder $185.

    Costs include one T-shirt and must be worn daily.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-Fri. Drop your child off before 8:55 a.m. or pick them up after 4 p.m.
    Extended Care Hours:
    Drop-off: 7-9 a.m.
    Pick-up: 4-6 p.m

    $15 for One-Day Camp
    $25 for Five-Day Camp

    Dates & Themes

    Shutterbug Your Backyard-
    April 12 – 16 (Spring Break)
    Check out Florida’s beautiful and important ecosystems through your camera lens. Learn about the watershed and photograph our beautiful big backyard with cameras supplied by the zoo! We’ll print your favorite photos throughout the week so you can create your own portfolio. 
    (Campers in 3rd-5th grade will spend one day on a field trip to Green Swamp Preserve.)

    Aussie Adventures-
    April 30 (Non-Student Day)
    G’day mates! Explore Australia in this outback adventure camp that takes you to the land down under. Hang out by the billabong and discover the unique animals of the bush!

    Register online by clicking here


    Our parent and child classes, Animal Adventure Club for ages 3 to 5 and Family Flock for ages 2-5, provide an amazing opportunity for young children to engage and interact with the animal world.  From koalas to camels, hibernation to migration, the topics cover real science content at an age-appropriate level all well encouraging social skills, introducing a classroom setting and creating memories and learning experiences for children and their parents.

    Each class will: 

    • Begin with a look at the animal themed calendar and circle-time song.
    • Read an enjoyable children’s story.
    • Create an animal craft.
    • Meet a special animal friend or
    • Build an enrichment for a Zoo animal
    • See and touch biofacts like feathers, shells and pelts.
    • Discover fun facts about animals and nature.
    • Enjoy an animal cracker snack.

    Ages:  2-5 years

    Cost:  Zoo Pass Holders $15 / Non-Zoo Pass Holders $17 (includes 1 child and 1 adult).  COST DOES NOT INCLUDE ZOO ADMISSION FOR PARENT OR CHILD!   You MUST purchase tickets or use a Zoo Pass to enter the Zoo.  Registration is required no later than 1 week prior to class. An adult MUST accompany the child(ren).  Classes take place rain or shine.

    Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. To learn about dates of availability please log onto our reservation area.

    Register online by clicking here


    Adult Continuing Education Classes 
    Become an animal expert! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is excited to offer NEW adult continuing education classes.  Gain in depth knowledge about the Zoo’s exotic animal collection through activities such as a lecture, animal encounter or enrichment, and guided tour through the theme specific area(s) of the Zoo.  At the end of class you will receive a certificate of completion and access to the Zoo. Discount tickets are available to purchase for friends and family so that you may meet up with them to share your new knowledge after class.
    Program Information

    • Ages: 18 and up
    • Cost: Zoo Pass Holders $15/ Non- Zoo Pass Holders $25
    • Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Registration is required no later than 1 week prior

    Avian Collection – Saturday, March 13
    Primate Collection – Saturday, March 27
    Asian Collection– Saturday, April 10
    Florida Collection– Saturday, April 24
    Herpetology Collection – Saturday, May 8
    African Collection – Saturday, May 22

    Register online by clicking here
    Come see what your kids are talking about! Join our new Adult Continuing Education Classes that give you a chance to get up close and personnel with our animals- just like your kids get at our camps! Each class includes an hour long learning session, lunch, and hands on animal experience you won’t forget!

    Program Information:
    Ages: 18 and up
    Cost: Zoo Pass Holders $65 / Non-Zoo Pass Holders $75
    Time: 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

    Pre-registration is required no later than 2 weeks prior

    Zoo Keeping 101
    Saturday, March 20
    Learn about the Zoo’s exotic animal collection and work side-by-side with our keepers. This class will get you “knee deep” in animal information!

    Animal Handling and Presentation
    Saturday, May 15
    Learn about why conservation and saving animals is so important to people and the planet. Then put your knowledge to the test and educate our Zoo guests while handling some of our animal ambassadors- from owls to armadillos and everything in between.

    Register online by clicking here or for more information, call 813-935-8552, ext.268.


    Home School classes at the Zoo are interactive and hands-on. Animal based classroom lessons are followed immediately by application with an animal encounter and a Zoo hike.  Participants may express their creativity with a themed craft and interact with their classmates in classroom activities. 

    All students receive a certificate of participation.  Parent involvement is optional. Any information regarding Home School will be kept confidential. Programs meet Sunshine State Standards in Language Arts and Science. Registration is required two weeks prior to class. Materials will only be provided to paying participants.

    Cost: Zoo Pass Holder $15 for 1 child/Non-Zoo Pass Holder $17 for 1 child, per class.
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    NEW! Date: (Grades K-2) Tuesday and (Grades 3-5) Wednesday the first week of each month.

    2010 Schedule

     Birds of a Feather
    March 2 (Grades K-2)
    March 3 (Grades 3-5)

    Animal Senses
    April  6 (Grades K-2)
    April  7 (Grades 3-5)

    Animal Enrichments
    May 4 (Grades K-2)
    May 5 (Grades 3-5)

    Classes for 6-8th grade students

    Florida’s Wetlands
    March 8,
    Mad Scientist
    April 12  
    Rainforest Romp
    May 12

    Register online by clicking here


    Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Grade  9th-12th   

    Zoo Keeper for a Week: 

    Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of an animal show or why the birds don’t just fly away?  Well here is your chance to find out what it’s like to be a Zoo Keeper! Get up close and personal with a wide variety of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s animals.  Roll up your sleeves alongside our Zoo Keepers for five full days of assisting with food preparation, feeding, cleaning and various other daily duties and special projects.  You will have hands-on opportunities with the birds of prey and participate in their training sessions, as well as, animal shows.  From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you will be working out in the Zoo making unique behind-the-scenes memories that will last forever! Space is limited to 3 participants per week so please enroll now.

    Cost: Zoo Pass Holder member $400      Non-Zoo Pass Holder $475
    Time: 9:30 a.m – 4p.m.
    Your week includes: 

    • Four free Zoo tickets
    • Certificate of completion
    • Lunch provided daily
    • Zoo t-shirt


    • Age 15 or older
    • Proof of negative TB skin test from within the past years and tetanus shot within the past 5 years.
    • Appropriate clothing for outdoor weather and getting dirty.
    • Sturdy shoes or boots with closed heels and toes (no flip-flops, or sandals).

    Weeks Available: 

    • June 28 – July 2        ZKW912628
    • July 26-30                  ZKW912726
    • August 2-6                 ZKW91282

    Register online by clicking here


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