School, Group, and Teacher Programs

Brookfield Zoo has developed many tools to assist educators in sharing information about animals, science, and caring - the things that form the basis of conservation at the zoo and in the wild. We encourage educators to use the information gathered by the zoo to share concepts about data gathering and scientific research, and to use the zoo's charismatic animals to help inspire excitement for learning.

School Programs

Connections Classes
We are no longer accepting reservations for Connections classes. We are restructuring our School programs and have discontinued these offerings indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes in your field trip plans. Self-guided field trip reservations can still be made online at

We have several resources for self-guided field trips if you are interested. Those can be found under Activity Sheets and we have a brand new iBook app for primary grades.We also have an extensive teacher training program based in STEM and aligned with NGSS standards.

Teacher Classes

Be informed, entertained, and engaged by these special classes just for teachers. Plus you can earn PDCHs and optional graduate credit through Dominican University.

Register for a Teacher Class

Professional Development Mini Conferences

Attention K-12 Educators! In 2019, the Brookfield Zoo will be hosting three Professional Development “Mini-Conferences.” Join us for engaging sessions about inquiry-based learning, engineering, NGSS, differentiation, meaningful classroom conversations, accommodations for English-language learners, phenomena-based instruction, and so much more! Participants earn PDCHs (IEIN number required) at the conclusion of each training. We hope that you can join us for one (or more) of these professional development learning opportunities! More information on dates and how to register below.

Learn more about our Mini Conferences

Field Trips

Bring your lessons to life with a self-guided field trip to Brookfield Zoo.

Register for a Field Trip