Zoo Classes

Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers a wide variety of Zoo programming for learners of all ages and interests.

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Lunch with a Keeper

This 90-minute program is great for all ages and provides attendees with a unique opportunity to meet with a member of the Zoo’s keeper and education staffs to learn about the animals and how we care for them. Each program includes a pizza lunch, a chance to speak with a zoo keeper, an educator and a special animal session. There must be at least one registered adult per party.     Sign up here

Family Nature Club

Nature Club

Want to get out into nature, but you’re not sure where or how? Join Utah’s Hogle Zoo for a monthly outing to learn more about the world around us, get outside, and have some fun! We’ll bring the tools and information you need; you bring enough water to drink and the right clothes to enjoy a morning outdoors. Check the Events Calendar for class dates and availability.     Sign up here


Preschool Programs

Each animal-themed program includes animal encounters, crafts and activities designed especially for early learners and their favorite grownup. Adults attend with children ages 3-5; unregistered siblings cannot be accommodated. Check the Events Calendar for class dates and availability.     Sign up here


Scout Programs

Hogle zoo offers multiple Boy Scout merit badge classes. We also offer Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and other Boy Scout programs upon request.  Check the Events Calendar for class dates and availability.     Sign up here


Wildlife Club

Calling all kids that love wildlife and gardening! Utah’s Hogle Zoo has an exciting new after school club for youth ages 9-13. Youth can become certified Wildlife Gardeners by completing group and individual projects throughout the year, earning badges and certificates.  Check the Events Calendar for class dates and availability.     Sign up here



Create a memory that will last a life time! If you love animals, games, and campfires, you won’t want to miss out. Come with your private group and discover the zoo after hours. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag!    Learn More.

Zoo Just for You

Zoo Just for You

Hogle Zoo is offering a program for children with special needs and an accompanying adult. We  offer a preschool class series for children with special needs, as well as classes for children ages 6-18 who are Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, have Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectually delayed or who have physical disabilities. For dates and availability or to sign up Click here

Zoo Just for Little You

For early learners ages 2-5 with special needs who are working on developmentally appropriate milestones.  Activities are movement based and incorporate pretend play, fine and gross motor skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, and other appropriate preschool skills. All abilities are welcome, and classes are wheelchair accessible. To facilitate learning and play, children may bring a neuro-typical friend or sibling of similar age, but all children must be individually registered for class. For dates and availability or to sign up Click here



  • Keeper Camp – Do you dream about animals? Do you think measuring, scrubbing, sweeping and interacting with wild animals are good ways to spend your day? Have you always wanted to be a zookeeper? Well, here is your chance to see if you have what it takes. Come to the Zoo for a hands-on, behind the scenes, fun-filled day. Participants will spend their day with a staff member preparing animal diets, cleaning exhibits and creating enrichment for some of our animals. Participants must submit a current (within three months of camp date) and certified negative TB test two weeks prior to camp. Please download and complete this form. We will provide lunch, a T-shirt and a Keeper-tastic time! Register Online >>
  • Art and Animal Class – Do animals have facial features that we describe with words of expression, like happy, sad, puzzled or mad? Co-taught by a Hogle Zoo educator and an Art Access artist, this two-day workshop will allow participants to explore these questions through hands-on scientific inquiry and art-making. Learn More  >>
  • The Ultimate Camp Experiencefor 2nd & 3rd Graders     A Partner Camp with the Natural History Museum of Utah, Camp Kostopulos, Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo.  If you attend only one camp this summer, make it this one! Experience a unique week of camp where each day finds you at a different location participating in a plethora of signature camp activities. At Camp Kostopulos you’ll climb through ropes courses, ride horses, scale rock walls, and fish. At This is the Place Heritage Park you’ll investigate Utah’s history through train rides, panning for gold, and pioneer activities. At Utah’s Hogle Zoo you’ll discover the animal kingdom and study unique animal adaptations. At Red Butte you’ll go on an adventure through the Garden as you explore the world of plants. And at the Natural History Museum of Utah you’ll delve into in a range of science topics from chemistry and physics to earth science and biology. One week has never been so exciting! Register on the Natural History Museum’s website >>

Zoo Camps provides lively lessons about animals and ecosystems throughout the summer. Zoo Day Classes, toddler and preschool classes are offered year-round. Scouts, students and family groups can take classes and even spend the night at the Zoo through our ZooSnooz programs. Click on the program to learn more!

  • Online Registrations: A confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail once you have registered online for your desired program. If you don’t receive an e-mail confirmation, please check your spam folder. For further questions call 801.584.1763. To register online choose classes from the menu.
  • CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICIES: After registration is confirmed, Utah’s Hogle Zoo adheres to a no-refund, no-credit, no-substitution policy. If you are unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation.
  • NOTICE: Due to various reasons including allergies, known or otherwise, we will NOT be providing snacks during classes and camps this year. Please be sure to send the appropriate number of snacks, a lunch for all day classes and camps as well as a water bottle or drinks for your child. A water fountain is always available and we encourage the use of water bottles.
  • If your child is enrolled in a day class please be sure to send them with a snack and a drink.
  • If they are enrolled in two day classes for the same day they will need 2 snacks, a lunch and 3 drinks.
  • If your child is enrolled in one of our all day camps they will need to bring 2 snacks, a lunch and 3 drinks for each day.
  • There is a water fountain that is always available and we encourage you to send water bottles with your children.


Utah Master Naturalist

Interested in becoming a Utah Master Naturalist? Each module of the program focuses on studying the different components of these systems including climate, geography, hydrology, plants and animals, as well as how these components interact and are managed in Utah. The mission of the Utah Master Naturalist Program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers and professionals who provide education, outreach, and service promoting citizen stewardship of natural and cultural resources within their communities.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo Book Club

Pay just once and join us all year!Join staff from Utah’s Hogle Zoo the first Thursday of the month for a discussion of a different zoo- or conservation-related book each time, with light refreshments. Book club meets from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. For adults 14 and up; please note that we cannot accommodate children during book club meetings.