The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo provides high-quality science education for kids through afterschool programs, summer camps, classroom lessons, field trips, and more.
At the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, our mission is to engage a child’s curiosity for science and nature. In support of this mission, we embrace the educational philosophy that excellent experiences:
Provide children with the opportunity to learn about their world through hands-on inquiry and investigation using: 1) real scientific tools and equipment; 2) objects, live animals, artifacts and biofacts; and, 3) modeling of scientific phenomena.
Engage multiple senses and encourage kinesthetic learning.
Allow children to interpret and document their discoveries through a variety of modes of self-expression.
Pair students with adults who can communicate a passion for their subject-matter, serve as positive adult role models, and get kids excited about learning.
Support a variety of learning styles, multiple intelligences and special needs.
This philosophy guides everything we do and contributes to the high-quality science education kids experience through JMZ programs.