Education on Wheels - We’ll Bring the Zoo to You!

We provide programs for schools, scout groups, libraries, senior groups, daycares and other community organizations. Choose from one of our available programs or can adapt a program or develop a new one to fit your group’s specific needs (fees vary based on length and topic of program).

Live animals are part of our programs. For groups of 10-30, audience participants can touch select animals if in a calm environment. For groups larger than 30, we can bring live animals for the audience to observe, but not to touch. Photos are always welcome.

Note: Extreme weather conditions can restrict our ability to bring live animals to you, as the health and well-being of our animals is our top priority. If we are not able to bring a live animal due to weather conditions, then we will work with you to reschedule or issue a refund for the program.

Also, due to the needs of the animals, we cannot guarantee a specific animal species will be available for your program. All animals presented will be appropriate for the program content chosen.

A minimum of one week notice is required for all programs. Each outreach program can be customized for the allotted time, but never more than two hours. We can provide a one-time program for you, or deliver programs on a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly basis. To get more information or schedule an outreach program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School Outreach Program

We offer outreach programs for school groups with a 30-mile radius of the Zoo. We strive to inspire students about the wonders of our earth and the animals we share it with. For childcare facilities, we required that adult/child ratios be maintained at all times during the program. Our school outreach programs cover life science themes. Each program is designed to be appropriate for the age group receiving the program. For schools wanting reptiles as part of a program, make sure school policy allows reptile attendance.

Community Programs

Brights Zoo offers programs for community groups, including libraries, scout groups, and camps. Each program offers education content, live animal interactions, and may include various objects from the animal world. For childcare facilities, we require that adult/child ratios be maintained at all times during the program.

Booth Programs

For science or career night at schools, or a community event you would like the Zoo to attend. We can set up a booth with crafts, biofacts and other interesting materials. These programs are custom-designed to meet your needs.

Adult Outreach Program

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the Zoo, and we can bring the Zoo to you. Brights Zoo delivers adult outreach programs to libraries, senior centers, and various other community groups. Each program offers educational content, live animal interaction, and various objects from the animal world.

Assembly Program

Many of our programs were designed mainly for school groups but are appropriate for all ages and audiences. Most of our programs can be adapted for large groups and we customize each program to meet your organization’s needs.

Scheduling an Outreach Program

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about available program topics and to schedule a program. Advance reservations are required for all programs. (See below: Section B To Schedule)

  A.  Before Scheduling

1.  Review the program to ensure it is appropriate for your audience. Remember that programs can be customized to meet your needs.

2.  If your group wants a series of outreach programs at your site, we will be happy to discuss a tailored curriculum with you.

3.  For school and youth groups:

♦  30 or less can touch select animals

♦  A minimum of one adult chaperone per group is recommended for all youth programs. For childcare facilities, we do require that adult/child ratios be maintained at all times during the program.

 Adult group supervisors must remain with the students throughout all education programs. Please do not make discipline our job.

  B.  To Schedule

1.  Schedule Hours: To get more information or schedule and outreach program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2.  Amount of Notice Required: A minimum of one week’s notice is required for all programs.

3.  Information Needed:

♦  Organization/school name, address, phone number, location of program, billing address (if different from location address)

♦  Leader, teacher or other adult in charge of the group

♦  Age/grade level and number of participants

♦  Program choice and alternative choice

♦  Date and time requested, and alternative date and time

♦  Email address: Used to confirm your reservation, and we always confirm

  C.  Payment


For groups scheduling at least 8 weeks in advance, an invoice will be sent promptly. Full payment is due 30 days from invoice date. If paying on the day of the event, then please notify us. If your payment is not received within 30 days or arrangements made, then your program will be canceled. For groups scheduling with less than 8 weeks’ notice, full credit card payment is required at the time of scheduling. Your reservation is not confirmed until complete payment is received or arrangements made with us.

All Education on Wheels programs cost $100.00. If the event location is more than 30 miles from Brights Zoo, an extra $50 is applied.


  D.  After Payment


After your payment is processed, we will mail confirmation materials to you. They will include the date, time and program reserved for your group. If you paid with a credit card, your credit card receipt and copy of the invoice(s) will be included with your confirmation. Please double-check all information when you receive your confirmation. Keep the confirmation. You should have it with you on the date of your program.

  E.  Cancellations/Refunds

Please notify the Education Department at (423)257-1927 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.


Please note: In the event that your school and/or the Zoo is closed on the day or your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.

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Note: Please do not use Google Maps as your GPS service for directions to Brights Zoo. Google Maps has our location wrong. We recommend using WAZE - click Android,  iPhone, or Windows for the app. 

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