Teacher Resources

Whether you need to prepare your students for a Zoo field trip or need an activity for your homeschooler, we have got you covered. Designed to enhance lessons in biology, zoology, and ecology, these resources will help connect your learners to wildlife.

Educator Guides

Connect your learners to popular classroom topics like food webs, habitats, and more through these Exhibit Exploration guides.

The Exhibit Exploration Overview is a great place to start. Exhibits are paired with multiple life science topics so that each stop on your Zoo visit can reinforce your lesson. Once you have familiarized yourself with the topic icons, you’ll be ready to use the Exhibit Exploration guides.

Exhibit Exploration Guides offer suggestions on how to interpret various life science topics while viewing the exhibit. Find out how you can talk about habitats, adaptations, and animal behavior while enjoying the sights and sounds of our boisterous lemurs at the Lipman Lemur Forest, our graceful grazers at the African Savanna, and more.

Zoo Vocabulary offers a handy list of terms to support science and environmental literacy. Supplemental Sources provides suggestions for books and websites we love. Zoo Field Trip FAQs will help you prepare for a visit—from how to reserve a field trip date to where to eat lunch.


These fun, science-based activities will help support your wildlife lessons. Use them as pre-visit excitement-builders, post-visit reminders, fun assessment tools, or as rainy-day fun with your family.

Activities are grouped by grade level, but can be used however you like. Everyone can join in the fun of Zoo Bingo.

Kindergarten: Featuring fun Lesson Plans, Zoo Bingo, My Zoo Notes, and Zoo Syllables
Grades 1 and 2: Featuring engaging worksheets like Group the Vertebrates, Scavenger Hunt, Animals of Africa, and handy Student Explorer Logs
Grade 3: Featuring unique activities like Thumbs Up!, Wonder of Webs, Animath, and Insect Zoo Word Search
Grades 4 and 5: Featuring an Ethology Activity Packet, Animath, and more

Suitcase for Survival

Nothing drives home illegal trade in wildlife better than a sea turtle cowboy boots and a caiman purse. These hands-on resources illustrate human endangerment of wildlife through poaching for products. The Suitcase for Survival contains confiscated wildlife trade artifacts and a 340-page curriculum guide; this kit educates young people and adults about the illegal wildlife trade and its impact on ecosystems. Best for grades 6 - 8; can be adapted for grades 4 - 12.

To reserve a Suitcase for Survival for your classroom, contact education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073

Fee: Refundable $50 deposit

Playground Learning Guides

At the San Francisco Zoo we believe in the power of play, and at our one-of-a-kind Friend Family Playground, there are opportunities to learn around every branch, iceberg, and stream.

Have a Question about Teacher Resources?
e-mail education@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073.