Educational Programs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Discovery Programs

Amp up Zoo School with these hands-on programs!

Discovery Programs are classroom sessions designed for students in grades K-5. Each program is standards-based and includes opportunities to hone scientific skills through hands-on experiences, animal encounters, and science notebook components.

Discovery Programs can be added into your Zoo School day for an additional fee. Groups of 140 participants or more must be able to stay until 1:30 p.m.


Pricing

Price per student: $5 (in addition to the Zoo School fee; 15 student minimum)


Chaperones:

  • One FREE chaperone per 10 paid students (once 15 student minimum is met)
  • Price per additional chaperone: $5 (in addition to the Zoo School fee; not to exceed a 1:4 chaperone:student ratio)
 

All pricing and programs are subject to change, availability and cancellation.

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    Zoo School is offered on select weekdays from September through May.

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Programs by Grade Level

  • Flamingos at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade K: Sense-sational Animals

    Discover the world of Busch Gardens’ animals through their senses. Observe animals and find out how their senses compare to your own!

    Sense-sational Animals connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.K.L.14.1 and SC.K.N.1.2.

  • See the Lizard at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade 1: Back to Basics

    Investigate what all living things need to survive in this interactive adventure. Can you identify all of an animal's basic needs?

    Back to Basics connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.1.N.1.4 and SC.1.L.17.1.

  • See the Screech Owl at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade 2: Habitatittudes

    Explore how a habitat meets an animal's basic needs. Then, study a Busch Gardens' habitat and decide which animals should live there!

    Habitatittudes connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.2.L.17.1 and SC.2.L.17.2

  • See the American Alligator at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade 3: It's Classified

    Learn about the different ways that animals are classified. Put your skills to the test while observing animals up close! 

    It's Classified connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.3.L.15.1 and SC.3.N.1.6.

  • American Alligators at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade 4: Oh Behave!

    Discover what comes naturally to animals and what is learned during real life observations and demonstrations. Find out how we train and care for Busch Gardens' animal residents! 

    Oh Behave! connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.4.L.16.3 and SC.4.N.1.6.

  • See the Armadillo at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Grade 5: Adaptations for Survival

    Find out how the need to survive has created spectacular adaptations in the animal kingdom. Analyze "bio"-facts to learn about animals' physical and behavioral characteristics.

    Adaptations for Survival connects with the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: SC.5.L.17.1 and SP.PK12.US.5.10

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