Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

We'll Bring the Zoo to Your School!

The Zoo's outreach team travels all over Pierce County and surrounding areas. We would love to introduce you to some of our Animal Ambassadors!

If you would like a more structured Wildlife Lesson, please choose from the chart below. These classroom programs include a life science systems presentation, one live animal appearance, and an opportunity for students to examine animal biofacts such as skulls and pelts. Wildlife Lessons last between 45 and 60 minutes. Browse our Wildlife Lesson descriptions.

If you are interested in something less formal, you may want to choose an Animal Encounter (animals listed below). Participants will observe and compare 2-3 different animals, ask questions, and handle biofacts (as available). Depending on the number of animals requested, an Animal Encounter can engage students for 30-45 minutes. Animal encounters can accommodate groups ages 4 and up.

Our outreach programs support the Washington State Science Standards with a focus on adaptations and conservation.       

Wildlife Lessons PreK K 1 2 3 4/5 6/8 9/12
   Tail Talk x x




   Wild Stories x x





   Bug-O-Rama

x x x


   Busy Burrowers
x x x x x

   Creatures of the Night
x x x x x

   Wild for Water
x x x x x

   Creative Creatures: Creative Homes

x x x x

   Finding Out About Forests

x x x x

   Creature Classification

x x x x

   Zoo Careers

x x x x x x
   Sounds and Signals


x x x

   Zoo Crew


x x x

   Fabulous Food Chains



x x

   Investigating Invertebrates



x x

   Vanishing Species




x x x
   Polar Bears and Climate Change





x x
   Skulls 101





x x
   Zoos: Working for the World's Wildlife







Animal Encounter x x x x x x x x

Animal Ambassadors

  • Giant African Millipede
  • Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Domestic Fancy Rat
  • Corn Snake
  • Prehensile-tailed Skink
  • New Guinea Blue-tongued Skink
  • Southern Three-banded Armadillo
  • Madagascar Radiated Tortoise
  • White-bellied Hedgehog
  • North American Opossum

Register Now!

Please contact reserve@pdza.org to schedule your program(s).

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Limited to 30 participants per program and 4 programs per day.

Program Fees

Wildlife Lessons (same site/day)

  • $125 for first Lesson in Pierce County ($60 each additional)
  • $150 for first Lesson outside of Pierce County ($70 each additional)

Animal Encounters (same site/day)

  • $125 for two animals ($60 each additional)
  • $150 for three animals ($70 each additional)
  • Add $25 for outside of Pierce County

A $3.00 processing fee will be added to your total. Additional fees may apply for special requests.