Outreach Programs


Did you know we can bring the Zoo to you? Outreach Programs are available to assist you in the classroom.

A Formal Outreach Program consists of an Animal Encounter in which Zoo staff chooses four to six education animals (depending on the length of the program) to inform students about the natural history, physical characteristics and adaptations of these chosen animals.

What a great way to add hands-on, inquiry-based activities to your curriculum! The Zoo Educator can adapt programs to fit individual classroom needs if scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Programs must be within a 100 mile radius of Watertown, SD.

View our Outreach Policy before booking your presentation.

Available Programs:

  • Animal Wrappers
  • Amazing Adaptations & Dazzling Defenses
  • Habitats
  • Rep-tales
  • Fear Factor
  • Myths & Misconceptions
  • Web of Life
  • Classy Animals
  • Zoo to You- Special Programs to fit your organization’s needs

2014 Fees*

Standard Rate

$50.00 per hour plus mileage. The $50.00 includes preparation, driving, set- up/tear down and presentation time. The standard mileage rate is $.51 per mile. The zoo will use the following formula: $ 0.51 x miles = a. $50.00 x (prep + presentation + driving time + set-up + tear down) = b. Total charges a + b = c. The organization requesting the outreach program will be responsible for paying total amount c +tax where applicable.

Rate Exceptions

Group Located in Watertown Located in Codington County Located Within 100 Miles
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities (special needs) $50.00 Flat $50.00 Flat Standard hourly rate
Educational facilities (schools, daycares, preschools during normal operating hours) $30.00 Flat $50.00 Flat Standard hourly rate
Non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations Standard hourly rate Standard hourly rate Standard hourly rate

Any outreach program that encompasses more than 8 total hours, including driving time and program time, must compensate our zoo personnel with meals and lodging if appropriate.

Organizations will be billed after the event in order to assure accuracy.

*Fees are subject to change without notice