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Discover the BioPark

Discover the BioPark is our new and exciting education program for schools and community groups.

Explore with us!

Discover the BioPark is our new and exciting education program for schools and community groups.  Programs can be booked using HoldMyTicket. Please read over this step-by-step guide to assist you in purchasing your tickets. 

Staff will lead your group through your choice of adventures at the Zoo or Botanic Garden. Field trip programs will be conducted outside unless there is severe weather. 

The BioPark follows State Covid-19 recommended guidelines for all staff and visitors.

The following staff-led adventures (listed below) engage your students, apply life science concepts and create memorable experiences. Field trips are geared towards elementary aged students (K-6), but can be adapted for older groups. Field trips are available for all group learning, such as traditional schools, homeschool groups, scout troops, youth organizations, etc.

Discover the BioPark Ticket Link

Please read over this step-by-step guide to assist you in purchasing your tickets. 


Virtual Field Trips

Zoo: On Grounds 

Botanic Garden: On Grounds

Virtual Field Trips

Discover the BioPark Virtual Programs

Bring the BioPark directly into your classroom or home. The BioPark is happy to announce that we are offering virtual field trips for students of all ages! The Discover the BioPark Virtual Field Trips focus on habitats, animal adaptations and life science biological concepts.

Programs are 30 minutes long and will be done over Zoom or Google Meet. All programs include education staff interactions, inquiry-based learning, animal encounters and interaction with your students or families

Programs are $50 each and can be done over one login if all participants are in the same space, or multiple logins if participants are doing distance learning. Logins are limited to traditional classroom size.

Antarctic Adventure: Penguins 

Come “chill” with us as we visit the BioPark’s penguins, learn about the importance of their unique habitat, explore how scientists help these animals, and what you can do to save penguins.  

All about Bugs 

Bugs! Learn about where they live, what they eat and what separates them not only from humans but each other, and meet some of our spineless friends.

Predators 

What makes the lion the king of the savanna? Come learn about predators, how they are equipped to hunt in extreme climates all over the world, and the tools that their prey have to help them survive. In this program your students will meet and identify predator and prey animals and take an up-close look at their adaptations using animal artifacts.  

Africa 

Explore the biodiversity of the African continent! We will discuss herbivores, omnivores, carnivores and scavengers while examining the roles they play in their ecosystem.

Amazing Adaptations 

How is it that animals can survive in all types of environments, from the freezing tundra to the burning hot desert?  By using their amazing adaptations, of course! Throughout this program your students will learn about animal adaptations and learn to identify adaptations using animal artifacts and live animals. 

The One and Only Ivan: Have you read the book The One and Only Ivan? During this program you will get to visit with the animals represented in the story like elephants and gorillas. This program emphasizes the importance of accredited zoos and their role in the care for the animals in captivity and the wild. You will also get to see some of Ivan’s original artwork. 

Zoo: On Grounds

Discover the BioPark Zoo On Grounds

Animals Gone Wild - 45 minutes

Help us solve a mystery at the zoo by using your scientific skills. In this program you will uncover animal tracks, identify “who done it,” and meet an animal ambassador.  

The Zoo-mazing race - 45 minutes

Race around the world as we visit animals from different continents. During this program students will be learning about how zoos are designed to meet the needs of animals from all over the globe, species survival plans and what it takes to be a zoo keeper. 

Awesome Adaptations - 30 minutes

How is it that animals can survive in all types of environments, from the freezing tundra to the burning hot desert?  By using their amazing adaptations, of course! Throughout this program your students will learn about animal adaptations and learn to identify adaptations using animal artifacts and live animals. 

Wild Wednesdays - 20 minutes

Have your class join us for a private animal encounter where they will meet one of the BioPark’s animal ambassadors, and learn about what makes them unique and how they are cared for at the zoo. These encounters are designed for single class sizes. 

Botanic Garden: On Grounds

Discover the BioPark Garden On Grounds

New Mexico Natives - 30 minutes 

Explore what animals and plants live in our desert habitats and learn about the adaptations that help them thrive in New Mexico’s unique ecosystems.  In this program your students will meet animal ambassadors and examine living plants found in New Mexico. 

It’s a Bug's Life - 45 minutes

Meet different bugs and identify what makes them unique. In this program students will explore bug habitats and learn about their life cycles and how to help protect their habitats.


Not seeing what you are looking for? Other topics or locations are available as a special request. Contact [email protected] to see how we can meet the needs of your group’s learning interests!