School programs & Assemblies

Invite a Happy Hollow instructor and live animal ambassadors to visit your group for an interactive and intriguing presentation! Many programs correlate with California State Curriculum Life Science Standards. Programs may be conducted in a school, community center, or other non-residential facility. You can also schedule a program to coincide with your group’s field trip to Happy Hollow!

Discounts are available for class programs and assemblies in September, November, December, and January. 

 

Classroom Programs

Assemblies

Maximum Number of Participants

35

300

Number of Animals

3-4

5-6

Touching Allowed?*

Yes

No (one at end)

Ages Allowed

3+

6+

Program Length

30 min (Preschool*)

40 min (K-1st)

50 min (2nd-Adult)

40-50 min

Program Fee

$140 first program

$125 each additional program

$325 first program

$275 each additional program

Participation at zoo educator’s discretion. Some species are unavailable for touching. 
*Preschool programs are for 3-5 year olds. 
Happy
Hollow Park & Zoo is wholly owned and operated by the City of San José.

Are you organizing a science night, festival, or other animal-themed event? Inquire for details on how we can attend special events with live animals.

 

Topics

Pre-K

Shapes & Sizes
Explore animals of all different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Learn what makes each animal unique!

Ready, Set, Grow!                                                                                          Does it hatch from an egg or it is born alive? Each animal is born and raised different from the next! Learn about baby animals and what growing up is like for them!

Kindergarten-1st Grade

Animal Homes                                                                                       What is a habitat? A habitat is a home! Explore the different places where animals find their food, water, shelter, and space!

Carnivore, Herbivore, Whativore?                                                       What do animals eat? Learn about the different eating habits of animals, whether it is a carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, or something else!

Growing Up Wild
Eggs, cocoons, and marsupial pouches are just some of the amazing ways animals grow up wild. Learn how animals are born, have different life stages and become like their parents.

2nd-3rd Grade

Habitats
Travel through different habitats such as deserts, grasslands, forests, and even the urban jungle! Meet animals that call these places home and learn about some of the essential components of a habitat.

Life Cycles
Animals can hatch from an egg, be born alive, or even go through metamorphosis! All of these are great beginnings to an animal's life cycle. Learn about how animals are born, and how they change as they grow!

Animal Groups
Do mammals have fur? What is an exoskeleton? Discover the characteristics that define animal groups. Programs may include any combination of mammal, bird, reptile, and insect groups.

Animal Defenses
Do porcupines really shoot their quills? Are skunks always eager to spray? Learn some of the bizarre ways that animals stay safe!

4th Grade

Life Cycles
Animals can hatch from an egg, be born alive, or even go through metamorphosis! All of these are great beginnings to an animal's life cycle. Learn about how animals are born, and how they change as they grow!

Animal Defenses
Do porcupines really shoot their quills? Are skunks always eager to spray? Learn some of the bizarre ways that animals stay safe!

Animal Adaptations
Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations that animals use to help them find their food and keep from becoming food themselves!

5th Grade

Food Chains
What do animals eat? How do they find their food? These are just a couple questions we'll answer while learning about food chains, food webs, and pretator-prey relationships.

All Ages

Go Wild
Is your class studying a theme that is not listed above, such as the rainforest or nocturnal animals? We can customize programs to fit your focus and bring animals suited to your lesson!

Assemblies (1st Grade and Up)

Ecosystems                                                                                           Learn about animals around the world as we explore different habitats such as deserts, grasslands, forests, rainforests, and even the urban jungle!

Survival of the Fittest                                                                             What does it take for an animal to survive in the world? Discover different ways animals defend themselves, and the adaptations that equip them for survival!

**All topics in each category cover Next Generation Science Standards for Life Science. (Assemblies may not apply)

**Programs may also be customized to accommodate Jr. High, High School, and College level students.

 

registration information

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Education Department
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: (408) 794-6420
Fax: (408) 794-6470
Email: HHPZeducation@sanjoseca.gov

Contact our Education Department for availability and to book your program today! Payment is due two weeks prior to the program date. Registrations made less than two weeks in advance must pay in full at the time of registration. A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of full payment and is subject to program availability. Please call or email for more information.

You may also download our registration form by clicking here.

Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing more than 14 days prior to the date of the program. Refunds requested fewer than 14 days before the program cannot be granted. A $10 administrative fee is retained for each cancellation.

Stay and Play

Groups wishing to visit Happy Hollow before or after their program must purchase admission tickets. Please contact Guest Services for more information regarding current parking fees, admission prices, reserving picnic areas, or any other questions you may have.

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