Fort Worth Zoo
When the Fort Worth Zoo opened in 1909, it had one African lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. From its opening until 1991, the zoo was owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth. Although the city collected money from the community to purchase new animals, the Zoological society (now the Fort Worth Zoological Association) was formed in 1939 to help raise additional funds. The Zoo established its first formal education program in 1970. Since then, it has flourished and now teaches thousands of children (K-12) about wildlife and conservation through certified curriculums taught by Texas-certified teachers.
The Zoo’s year-round programs provide opportunities for children to receive hands-on application of conservation principles and up-close and personal views of the Zoo’s animals. Recently, new leadership and technology have afforded the Zoo the opportunity to reach students of all ages with many of the electronic resources they are now accustomed to using. Students in programs such as Zoo Careers Fort Worth Zoo Museum of Living ArtCamp and Summer Zoo Camp now have access to the type of equipment often seen in modern classrooms. This hands-on learning style is important to implement since tactile learning is often the most underused and, many times, the best way students learn. There’s always an adventure waiting for you at the Fort Worth Zoo! Check out the fun, educational activities we have in store for you.