High School

The Greenville Zoo's Education Department offers lively hands-on programs sure to engage students as they learn. Programs are 40 minutes in length. All programs are designed to complement the South Carolina science curriculum standards. Scroll down for a list of programs available.


Cost is $75 per program, per classroom. Class capacity is up to 30 students/3 teachers - no exceptions. Please have extra adults and chaperones enjoy the zoo on their own during program time. Total payment is due within 3 weeks of reservation.


Contact the zoo education department to schedule your group's program 864-467-4850 or fill out the online group reservation form.

Customized Programs

We work with teachers and their staff to develop specialized programs to fit the needs of the class and curriculum. Please contact the Education Department to set up a meeting.

High School Career Day

If you are interested in an animal career, this is your opportunity to learn.


Are you a student interested in volunteering at the zoo? The Education Department has volunteer training sessions. All volunteers must be 14 years and older. Training occurs one or two times a year depending on interest. Training fees apply. Inquire for more information.

Grades 9-12

Genetics and the Zoo: Investigating the Role of Genetics in the Modern Zoo

  • Meets 2005 SC Science Academic Standards: 
    • High School: B-4.2; B-4.7; B-5.3

Students will explore the topic of genetics in reference to captive animals in a zoo setting. Specifically, students will investigate the roles of the Species Survival Plan, or SSPs, in modern zoos today. Students will also explore why the knowledge of genetics is important for the conservation and preservation of wild populations.

Extended Inquiry: Slippery When Wet

Program Length: 80 Minutes, Program Cost: $150.00

  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards: 
    • High School: H.B.6

Dive into the world of wetlands to explore how these fragile systems are so critical to biodiversity and environmental health. Hop and slither along the way with some animal guests as students discover how they can help be better stewards to the environment.

This program has been developed to allow schools within the City of Greenville to meet the requirements of the City of Greenville Stormwater Utility Fee Credit policy. You are eligible for this credit (which will come back to the school in local funds from the district level) if you send a full grade level to this program annually. For more information, please contact City engineering staff at 864-467-4400 or view the city credit policy.

Careers with Animals

This program presents young teens with educational opportunities and how to start planning for an exciting job they may not have considered.