Family & Adult Programs

              Families that Zoo together, care, connect, and conserve together. Our Family and Adult programs provide fun learning opportunities for all.

              Ocean Explorers
              Conservation Speaker Series
              Senior Stroll
              Wildlife Illustration

              Ocean Explorers

              6 - 10 year-olds + 1 adult

              Dive in to discover the incredible diversity of our world's oceans! During this mixed-age program families will investigate our connections to marine habitats and animals through hands-on activities, stories, science experiments, and more! The journey will begin at the Coastal Conservation Center overlooking the Pacific coastline and continue in the Zoo as we learn how all living things rely on healthy oceans.

              Registration includes 1 child and 1 adult. Children learn by watching the adults in their lives, so we encourage and expect adult participation to help nurture your Ocean Explorer's connection to wildlife. 

              2019-2020 Season

               October 12     Oceans Alive
               November 9 Pelagic Pals
               December 14 Underwater Forests
               January 11 Fantastic Fog
               February 8 Shimmering Sharks
               March 14 Deep & Dark
               April 4 Colorful Corals

              Have a Question?
              e-mail to or call 415-753-8135

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              Class Days/Times:
              Select Saturdays
              10:00am - 12:30pm

              Includes 1 adult and 1 child

              SFZS Members - $30 per child/adult pair 
              Non-Member - $45 per child/adult pair
              Additional Adult - $15
              *Pre-registration required
              Fees include Zoo admission 


              Pedal your way through the Zoo during these 90-minute riding tours! Our knowledgeable staff will be your guide as they share fun animal facts and conservation stories. During the ride you may see a sleepy tiger yawning, a grizzly going for a swim, or a group of monkeys joining together in an early-morning symphony. Tours are offered monthly from April – October, 8:30am - 10:00am. 

              Join us for extra-special BikeAbouts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day only! During these programs, bike tours will focus on what maternal and paternal care look like throughout the animal kingdom. Stick around after the tour for a tasty continental breakfast until 11am!

              Have a date in mind that you don’t see on the calendar? Contact us to schedule a private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more riders!

              Pre-registration required.
              Participants must provide their own bikes. No strollers or scooters, please.
              Includes Zoo admission. 

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              Upcoming BikeAbouts

              Saturday, April 27th 
              Sunday, May 12th (Mother's Day Special) 
              Sunday, June 16th (Father's Day Special) 
              Saturday, July 27th 
              Saturday, August 24th 
              Saturday, September 21st 
              Saturday, October 26th 

              Fees: Includes Zoo admission

              Family BikeAbouts 
              SFZS Member - $20 per peddler 
              Non-Member - $30 per peddler
              FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

              Mother’s and Father’s Day BikeAbouts 
              SFZS Member - $35 per peddler 
              Non-member - $45 per peddler
              FREE for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike

              Wild Places, Wild Things!
              Conservation Speaker Series

              Local and international conservationists provide inspirational talks about world-wide conservation efforts. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with scientists and learn about how they are saving wildlife.

              Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7073.

              Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming lectures.

              not required.

              Free with Zoo admission.

              Senior Stroll

              Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself. Watch the animals that are active early in the day and learn about fascinating insights into animal behavior. For guests age 65 years and older.

              Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-7122.

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              Upcoming Senior Strolls:
              2020 Senior Strolls have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. 

              Not required.

              Fees- includes Zoo admission
              Members: Free
              Non-members: $5

              Wildlife Illustration

              Develop your drawing skills with our new illustration workshops! Your instructor, Illustrator Mark Simmons, will cover a few art basics before you head into the Zoo to see your animal subjects in real life! During each class, participants will create a finished illustration based on a theme. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite supplies too. Whether you’re a practiced artist or a curious first-timer, these workshops are a whole new way to appreciate the natural world!

              Upcoming 2020 Dates:

              January 25, 2020 - Cute Critters
              February 8, 2020 - Beautiful Bears

              Register Here

              Have a Question? Send an e-mail to or call (415) 753-8124.

              Class Days/Times:
              Select Saturdays
              10:00am - 3:00pm

              One-Day Workshop Fee:
              SFZS Member - $60 
              Non- member - $75 

              Pre-registration required.
              Basic art supply use included.
              Parking included.