Schools at the Zoo

Schools at the Zoo

Little Lions Preschool



Little Lions Preschool and Pre-K believes that all children are filled with powerful potential that blossoms at an early age. Our program nurtures children's potential and inherent need to explore and discover. We provide a rich learning environment and a Zoo full of acres, adventures and animals.

Research tells us that long-lasting bonds have a positive impact on a child's first early learning experiences. It is our mission to make those early learning experiences authentic and meaningful. We support our students with opportunities for meaningful experiences and in-depth, child-led studies.

Join Our Pride

We are currently taking applications for the 2018-2019 school year!


Program Options

We know that choosing the right program for your child and family is one of the most important decisions you will make.


We know that choosing the right program for your child and family is one of the most important decisions you will make. The Zoo offers half-day sessions for children who are three and four years of age.

  • Morning session from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon session from 1 - 4 p.m.


The Zoo also offers a full-day Pre-K program for children ages four to five from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Children applying for full-day program must be four years old on or before July 30.

Zoo Kindergarten

Zoo Kindergarten is a partnership with the Zoo's adopt-a-school, Bancroft Elementary. Zoo Kindergarten allows students to be immersed in their learning environment. With the opening of the Education Center, located next to Children's Adventure Trails, the Zoo was able to host an additional kindergarten classroom.

Zoo Academy Middle School

The Middle School Zoo Academy is a unique partnership between the Zoo and Omaha Public Schools’ King Science and Technology Magnet. This academy offers a learning opportunity that is not available in a traditional middle school setting.

Middle School Zoo Academy students attend Zoology and Zoo Architecture classes at the Zoo two to three times per week. With the entire Zoo as their classroom, students engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and project-based lessons, providing them with real-world learning opportunities unlike any other.      


Zoo Academy High School

The high school Zoo Academy is partnership between the Zoo, Omaha Public Schools, Papillion La Vista Community Schools and, new this year, Bellevue Public Schools and Westside Community Schools.  

Zoo Academy was launched in 1995 as a way for the Zoo to partner with local school districts to advance high school zoology courses. The program is open to junior and senior students and allows them to explore their desired career paths, receive college credit and complete high school in the process.


Zoo Afterschool Program (ZAP)

The Zoo Afterschool Program (ZAP) is sponsored by the Zoo in partnership with Omaha Public Schools and Bancroft Elementary and Castelar Elementary. The mission of the program is to provide inquiry-based STEM learning opportunities for at-risk students with limited resources that will inspire interest, ability and value for STEM in the natural world.

Click here to learn more about the program.