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

40 (Preschool +)

20 (Toddlers)

300

Number of Animals

3-4

5-7

Touching Allowed?*

Yes

No (one at end)

Ages Allowed

2+

6+

Program Length

30 min (Toddlers)

40 min (Preschool)

50 min (K-Adult)

50-60 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. 
Toddler programs are for 2-3 year olds. 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 live animals.

 

Topics

Shapes & Sizes
Explore animals of all different shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Learn what makes each animal unique! (not available as an assembly)

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. (not available as an assembly)

Mini Beasts
Bigger isn’t always better! Learn about the big roles and impressive features that little animals have in nature. (not available as an assembly)

Animals of the Night
Venture into the dark and mysterious world of nocturnal animals. Discover the special adaptations they must have to hunt for food, look for shelter and survive the night!

Animal Groups
Do all 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!

Ecosystems
Travel around the world by exploring different habitats such as deserts, grasslands, forests, and even the urban jungle! Meet animals that call these places home.

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 predator-prey relationships.

Go Wild
Is your class studying a theme that is not listed above? We can customize programs to fit your focus and bring animals suited to your lesson!


Topics and Corresponding Life Science Curriculum Standards

 

Shapes & Sizes

Growing up Wild

Mini Beasts

Animals of the Night

Animal Groups

Animal Defenses

Ecosystems

Food Chains

Go Wild

Toddlers 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preschool

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten 

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1st Grade

 

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2nd Grade

 

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3rd Grade

 

 

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4th Grade

 

 

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Adults 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 These topics are offered for the corresponding Age/Grade Level. However they do not meet specific curriculum standards.

 

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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To Plan Your Visit, click here

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