Educational Programs

Educational Programs

The JMZ offers a full range of science experiences for children ages 3-11, including many “parent and me classes” through the JMZ Catalog and Enjoy! Catalog; self-guided field trips; standards-based elementary school programs at the museum, in schools and in local open spaces; and Interpretive programs for preschools and community groups.

Self-Guided Field Trips

School classes and other groups of 10 or more may visit us by calling (650) 329-2111 for a reservation. Fee: $5 per student. Teachers and adult chaperones are free.

School Programs

Throughout the school academic year, trained Museum educators bring a wide range of standards-based science programs into K-5 local elementary school classrooms. Programs can be tailored to complement core science instruction, or structured as stand-alone experiences for students. They may be offered in school classrooms or at the Museum. Some programs, referred to as Open Space Programs, take place in local Palo Alto preserves.

In-class lessons typically last 50 minutes long and include hands-on encounters with live animals, natural artifacts and science tools and materials. Open space programs can last from 1-3 hours.

Prices for in-class lessons range range from $156 to $189 depending upon the number of classes purchased, and Palo Alto schools receive an additional discount.  For some locations, an extra transportation fee will be applied.
Open Space programs range in price from $325-$365 and Palo Alto schools receive an additional discount.

See the documents below for a listing of our in-class and open space programs, including fees.

School Programs 2017-18

School Programs - NGSS Aligned

Programs for Preschools classes and Community Groups

Community, neighborhood, family and scout groups may also take advantage of these unique educational opportunities by signing up for a Science Interpretive Program. Interpretives can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and can be delivered either at the Museum site or at an offsite location in your community. To register, please contact Alex Hamilton at or call
(650) 329-2412.

Photo Gallery of Educational Programs

Our programs use the Museum's extensive collection of natural history artifacts. Children can touch and observe these real specimens enhancing both their understanding of a subject and their sense of wonder.

Our zoo animals are a popular feature of our programs. Here an African hedgehog sniffs a young girl and her father to see if they will offer a mealworm treat.

In our programs, we provide the materials, projects, and expert science and nature educators for children to build and experiment to learn about different concepts. Above, two boys test their volcanoes.

Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-329-2111
Fax: 650-473-1965

Education Director
Alex Hamilton

Phone: 650-329-2412
Fax: 650-473-1965

School & Group Programs:
School Programs 2017-18
School Programs - NGSS Aligned 

Science With a Twist Afterschools:
Duveneck Winter-Spring 2017
Barron Park Winter-Spring 2017
Nixon Elem. Winter-Spring 2017


Junior Museum & Zoo Program Catalog:

JMZ Catalog Fall 2017

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2017