The Robert B. Daugherty Education Center is home to year-round programming and provides educational space to more than 9,000 student visitors annually.
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.
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.
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.
To accomodate remote learning, ZAP is going virtual! We are excited to bring this experience to families from the comfort of their own homes, or backyards, or wherever you may choose to connect with us! That's right, you can join virtual ZAP on your own or join with your family!
How Do I Enroll?
All students must attend either Castelar or Bancroft elementary schools. If you have a student in the Omaha metro area and are not currently enrolled in these schools, please contact us to discuss how to enroll in Virtual ZAP.
All paperwork must be completed in order to participate. Your student does not need to attend in-person ZAP in order to enroll in Virtual ZAP. Please click on the green button at the bottom of the page to start your Virtual ZAP enrollment.
After-school. Anywhere. We bring the globe to you. - Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Your voyage around the globe awaits! Learn about Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North/South America. Come on a virtual adventure and join us as we explore these seven continents around the amazing world that surrounds us!
Around the Zoo - Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Peek into the various zoo exhibits with our ZAP live cameras from the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Get some virtual life experiences and learn about the different kind of animals in the world that we have here at our zoo. Are you ready to have a wild experience?
Kitchen Science - Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what science can be done with everyday objects you can find around your house? Check out Kitchen Sink Science and see what cool things and incredible experiments your teachers can do with these objects. Experiments will be tied back to how this information affects your everyday life and conservation of the environment.
Amazing Art 101 - Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Have you heard of Andy Warhol or Frida Kahlo? Have you ever looked at abstract art and wondered what that was about? Do you want to be the next art superstar? Then this class is for you.
Ecosystem Engineering - Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
Come explore the zoo as we examine the different animals and ecosystems that they inhabit. We will be experiencing the zoo from a new perspective as we look at how habitats are designed and design habitats of our own. Are you up for the challenge?
Virtual Zoo Field Trip - Meets on Fridays @ 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun Friday virtual Zoo Field Trip! This program will bring you inside the most popular exhibits where you will learn all about some of our favorite animals, habitats and careers.
Register for Virtual ZAP