Educational Programs

The Monterey Zoo offers a variety of educational presentations that can be enjoyed at our facility, and some that can be brought to your school or event. Presentations done at the zoo include a far greater number of animals. These are fun, safe, and educational lectures and demonstrations that can be tailored to different age groups. They can also include private guided tour of the zoo with one of our keepers. 

Guided visits can be tailored to accommodate specific animal subjects or curriculums your school may be studying at the time or can include an all-around zoo visit to learn a little something about all our Monterey Zoo “wild things”… 

Discover the Rainforest by reserving time in our new reptile/sloth exhibit where you’ll learn about the unusual creatures from rainforests around the globe. Discover the uniqueness of these habitats and how we can help protect and preserve them.

School and large-organized groups receive a discounted entrance fee upon making a reservation to visit. To reserve a visit for your school or group, contact us at After making your reservation, please download and review our Fieldtrip Arrival Guidelines below to assure the safety of your students and the animals at Monterey Zoo. We also ask that teachers, parents, chaperones and group leaders review our visitor guidelines on this website to assure the health and well-being of all our visitors and animals.




Duration: Presentations run between one to one and half hour.
Rate: Prices vary and are available upon request.

Contact our education department for more information:

Want to make your visit to the zoo even more exciting and educational for the kids? Download and bring the below appropriate Walking Animal Quiz for them to complete on their visit. All answers are located on our signage or in the animal habitats. Fun, interactive and  educational!

If you’re home schooling, be sure to ask if your visit together with our quiz fulfills any of your child’s school curriculum requirements. 

Answer Keys to each quiz can be obtained by parents at the zoo or by emailing our education department at:

Yet another fun way to enhance everyone’s zoo experience is to bring your mobile device (with headphones if possible) to scan the many QR-Codes we’ve placed throughout the zoo so you can watch a short video on the animals you’re seeing.


Open 10am-3pm Every Day. (Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

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$35.25 ages 15 and up
$25 ages 2-14 (under 2 free – $8 stroller fee)

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Annual Passes

Enjoy the Zoo year-round!
Individual and Family Plans Available
Starting at only $110

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While providing exemplary animal care, Monterey Zoological Society is dedicated to providing an entertaining yet educational and conservation minded experience which fosters public awareness and respect for all wildlife.

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400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908 Phone: 831-455-1901

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