Community Outreach Program
Busch Gardens reaches beyond the park and into the Tampa Bay community with our outreach program. Busch Gardens Educators will bring live animals to your school for an exciting 30-minute presentation. Complete with an animal meet and greet and a Q&A with our educators, our outreaches will keep students of all ages engaged and entertained!
We travel throughout the Tampa Bay Metro Area and present to school students of all ages. Presentations are designed to fit within your class periods, or can be conducted on your school stage/multipurpose space (up to 250 participants per session). Teachers can select from four, standards-based and grade appropriate topics. Sessions are held on select Mondays during the school year and are available for the morning only.
Outreaches are facilitated at schools only. We do not provide outreaches for private residences. Please note that due to the high demand for these sessions, not all outreach requests can be accommodated.
Interactive Live Video Call
Classrooms across the nation are invited to take a walk on the wild side with us through our Interactive Live Video Call program. Students now have an opportunity to spend 30 minutes of face time over a live video call directly with our Busch Gardens Education Experts to learn about the fascinating animals that call Busch Gardens Tampa home.
Teachers can select from four, standards-based and grade appropriate topics. Sessions are held on select Mondays during the school year. Following the interactive demonstration, the floor is open for students to ask any questions they may have. Our goal for these sessions is to inspire students to conserve and protect wildlife and wild places. Please note that due to the high demand for these sessions, not all requests can be accommodated.
Teachers can choose one the following for presentation topics for their outreach/live video call. Topics may connect with the following Next Generation Sunshine Standards:
Recommended for Grades Pre K-5
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.1.L.14.1, SC.2.L.16.1, SC.3.L.15.1, SC.4.L.16.3 and SC.5.L.17.1
Recommended for Grades K-5
LAFS.K.SL.1.3, SC.1.L.17.1, SC.2.L.17.2, LAFS.3.SL.1.3, SC.4.L.17.4 and SC.5.L.17.1
Recommended for Grades Pre K-8
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.1.L.17.1, LAFS.3.SL.1.3, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.5.L.17.1 and SC.7.L.17.1
Recommended for Grades 6-12
SS.8.FL.1.1 and SS.912.FL.1.1