School Programs

Two children look into a microscope to examine an insect specimen

Our trained Museum educators offer a wide range of science programs to local schools. We provide hands-on and interactive programming to children from preschool through 5th Grade. Our programs align with current science standards. 

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo offers programming in your classrooms, at our Museum, and in open space preserves.

Attention:  As of March, 15, 2024, we have no more availability for programs in your classroom or our Museum.  Please contact us starting in August to book for the 2024-25 school year.

Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons last about 50 minutes. Each of our lessons involve hands-on and interactive science. Many include live animals, natural artifacts, and science tools and materials. We can bring our lessons to your school classrooms or you can take part in your lesson at our museum as part of a field trip.

You can find prices for our lessons in our program menus below. We may apply an extra transportation fee for some locations.

Preschool & TK Programs(PDF, 167KB)

Elementary School Programs(PDF, 214KB) 

To book a classroom lesson, please fill out the JMZ program registration form below. For any other questions, contact


Field Trips

Open Space Field Trips

Some programs take place in local Palo Alto preserves. Open Space programs can last from 1-3 hours.  While primarily for elementary school students, these programs can be booked for preschool groups. 

To book an Open Space field trip, please email

Field Trips to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Schools may visit the Junior Museum on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for self-guided exploration of its immersive Zoo and indoor exhibit hall.  Admission is $5 per student and adult.  Any of the classroom lessons can be added on to this experience for an additional fee.

To book a field trip to the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, please email at least one week in advance of your desired field trip date.  Availability is limited; bookings based on availability.

Details & Pricing

Field Trip Programs