Staying Alive (grades K-1)

Engage and explore your sense of touch as students discover the different textures found in nature while learning how animals protect themselves with shells, fur, spines, and scales.

Student Challenge: Using knowledge gained, students will design a habitat which ensures an animal has all of its basic needs.

Georgia Standards of Excellence in Science:

  • SKP1: B
  • SKL2: A
  • S1L1: B

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Daily, year-round

Select a start time from 10 a.m. or noon.
Programs lasts 60 minutes.

$15.99 per participant (includes Zoo admission)

CAPACITY: Minimum of 10 – Maximum of 80 per session



    • Educational Group Reservations must be made at least 5 weeks prior to program date.
    • Non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at the time of reservation.
    • Minimum group size for all Zoo Tours is 10.
    • One chaperone per 10 students is admitted free; additional chaperones pay student price.
    • Membership discounts do not apply to Zoo Challenge.
    • Final head count is due 4 weeks before your scheduled visit.


    • Payment is due at least 4 weeks prior to the date of your visit. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received.
    • Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your reservation.
    • Collection of funds and payment of all attendees is the responsibility of the group. Payment must be made to the Education Reservations personnel.


    • All cancellations forfeit the $50 deposit.
    • Cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to the program date must pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
    • Reschedules must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled program date to avoid fees.
    • Reschedules made less than 2 weeks before original date will result in the loss of original deposit. Another deposit is required.
    • Educational Groups will not receive refunds for rain. For instances of severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822.


    • School Group Lunch Storage is available in the Zoo at The Lunch Den, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round. Lunches should be in a labeled cooler/container.
    • You can also pre-order your lunch! For just $$8.50 per person + tax, your group can order your choice of pizza or sandwich, whole fruit, cookie and a drink! Please complete the order form and submit via email to or by phone at 404.624.5995. Orders must be placed 2 weeks prior to your visit. 


    • Bus drivers are permitted to drop off their groups in the turnaround circle in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot. See our map for further details.


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