Zoo Classes

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

Virtual Experiences


Zoo Classes


Family Nature Club

Outdoor Adventures

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. Click here for class dates and availability.


Tot Tuesday

These animal-based inclusive programs are for early learners ages 2-5. Activities are movement-based and incorporates pretend play, fine and gross motor skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, and other appropriate preschool skills. This class series is designed to teach children about healthy living through animal interactions. All abilities are welcome. Registration does not include a Zoo visit.

Kids, Critters, and Crafts

Join us at the Zoo for a wildly entertaining morning of crafting for kids with animal ambassador friends! This program is designed for the budding artistic naturalist in your family. During these 2-hour classes,kidswill get in touch with their creative (and wild) side as they learn about a featured animal, walk through the zoo to see it in its habitat, enjoy a meet-and-greet with an ambassador animal, and create a masterpiece to take home. This class is appropriate for kids aged 6 to 11. Check the Events Calendar for class dates and availability.

Next class is on December 12th, 2020. Space is very limited!


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 staff 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.


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



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!

Zoo Just for You

Zoo Just for You

The  Zoo Just for You programming has been developed for students ages 6-21 with diverse needs. Live animals, photographs, skull models, pelts, animal figures and more are used to engage students and demonstrate concepts. Our program utilizes a sensory motor approach where students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items.

MagiZoology For Muggles

Lookout Muggles!  The wizarding world is about to collide with the Zoo’s in this magical class about every beast from acromantulas to werewolves! Learn the enchanting powers of animals that hide from muggle eyes, and meet some of the incredible animals that inspired them. You’ll be amazed to discover that animals from the Bornean rainforest have just as much magic in them as the unicorns of the Forbidden Forest. Imps, pixies, doxies and dragons, you’re sure to uncover magic in the animals all around you!

Where the Wild Things Art: Paint Night

Love animals? A budding artist? Or simply want a fun evening at the Zoo with friends while giving back? Join us for a unique event at the Zoo as we paint some of our favorite Zoo animals. Bring your friends, family members, or a group of coworkers for a guided painting event. No experience necessary!

These classes are for adults 18+.

For dates and availability or to sign up CLICK HERE

Behind the Scenes Tour

Take a guided behind-the-scenes tour for a look at our Animal Health Center which is not visible from our public viewing spaces.  Tours last approximately 45 to 60 minutes and are limited to groups of no more than eight people.  All participants must be 10 years of age and older and all minors must be accompanied by a paying adult. 


Beneficial Bats: Your Secret BFF

During this two-night class, learn about these amazing mammals and why they are a secret weapon for controlling the insect pests in your backyard and how to invite them into your residential landscape. Participants will discover why bats are so fascinating, have the opportunity to visit the Zoo’s bat enclosure, listen to bat echolocation, and build a bat house to take home. Fee includes the cost of the class, bat house kit, and supplies.

  • $60 member
  • $75 nonmember

Additional family members: $15 member; $20 nonmember (price does not include a bat box kit)

Ages 18 and up (Children 10 and above are welcome to pay and attend with a paying adult)

Bee Basics: An Introduction to Native Bees

You’ll be buzzing as you learn about some of the more than 900 native bee species in Utah and their unusual “bee-haviors.” Learn how to encourage these disappearing pollinators to your garden and build a bee house to take home to get the attraction started!

Fee includes the cost of the class, bee house kit, and supplies.

  • $35 for Zoo members
  • $45 for nonmembers

Additional family members $10 for members; $15

nonmember (price does not include a bee house kit)

Ages 18 and up (Children 10 and above are welcome to pay and attend with a paying adult)


Zoo Yoga

We’re teaming up with Corepower Yoga studios to offer yoga classes at the Zoo. Each class with be held near a different exhibit, and will include an animal ambassador visit and a chance to see some of our animals up close. Classes are for ages 14+ and are $20 per person. Learn More Here

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.