Field Trips & Parties

“Parties at the Zoo”

Looking for a unique party experience? America’s Teaching Zoo is the perfect choice for an unforgettable special event. The zoo offers a convenient outdoor picnic area and a fun 45 minute live animal show honoring your birthday child!

Party Animal Package includes:
Admission to the Zoo for birthday family and all guests
Reserved Picnic area
2 six foot serving tables and 8-eight foot picnic tables
Large commercial sink
40 minute show honoring your birthday child (10:30 show will be a private showing, 2p.m. may include other zoo guests)
“It’s my Birthday” button for birthday child

All of the above is available for a flat fee of $200. We accept cash or checks only. Sorry, credit cards can not be processed yet…we are working toward being able to do this soon.
Refund Policy: If unforeseen circumstance arise, refunds are as follows: Up to two weeks before your party date a refund minus a $10 handling fee will be issued. Within two weeks of your party date, no refund will be given. All refunds come in the form of a check from Ventura Community College District. To receive a refund, you MUST submit a copy of your cleared bank check to us. Allow 5-7 weeks for your refund.

The zoo offers two party slots every Saturday and Sunday (excluding special event weekends)
10:30 a.m. show (private) the picnic area will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. show. The picnic area will be available from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Booking a Party:
Please call (805) 378-1441 or email

“Field Trips and Group Shows”

America’s Teaching Zoo is an excellent location for field trips and group shows!

  • Shows last 40 minutes and are followed by a 30 minute zoo tour.
  • Spring Semester shows are offered at 10:30 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Summer Semester shows are offered at 10:00 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Fall Semester shows are offered at 10:30 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Fridays)

Show prices:
$3 per visitor both child and adult.  If the group is smaller than 25 a minimum fee of $75 will be charged.
1 free teacher per class.  Please no children under 2 years of age.
Cash or check only. Sorry, credit cards can not be processed yet…we are working toward being able to do this soon!

Booking a show:
Please call (805) 378-1441 or email

  • Shows are booked on a first come first served basis and are booked several weeks to several months in advance. Multiple groups will be booked in a day if there is space. The theater seating allows for an audience of approximately 300 people.
  • Parking: All parking spots are open for guest parking, although handicapped spots require a placard
  • A convenient bus drop off site is available. If your group is traveling in cars, please allow a minimum of 20 minutes to find parking as the zoo is located on a college campus and can be busy during the week. A $2.00 parking permit will need to be purchased for each personal vehicle. Parking Permit Machines are conveniently located in each parking lot. Click here for directions to the parking permit machines
  • Since the zoo is closed to the general public during the week we cannot offer a place to stay for lunch or snack. However, there are two local public parks located very nearby that you are welcome to use for a lunch break before returning to your destination.
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