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SAMi & Zoo: Partners in Learning
Kids walking outside the SAMi-Zoo learning center.
Camp kids walking outside the SAMi-Zoo Environmental Learning Center.

A collaboration between the Zoo and Tacoma Public Schools’ Science and Math Institute (SAMi), the new Environmental Learning Center just north of the Zoo’s entrance is now open! It serves SAMi students and staff, as well as Zoo visitors and staff.

The two-story shared-use building, constructed with Tacoma School District bond funds, serves a range of classroom needs from the high school students who attend SAMi to the littlest learners in the Zoo’s early education programs.

Exterior of the SAMi Environmental Learning Center
Street view of the SAMi Environmental Learning Center.

Partnering opportunities have included SAMi students practicing Spanish with Zoo guests, creating videos, learning sand sculpting, holding art and sciences classes at animal habitats, volunteering at Zoo events and more. The SAMISSIMO choir even sang at Zoolights in 2017!


Learn more about SAMi or watch the video.