Classes & Camps

The JMZ offers unique science experiences for children ages 3-11. Find out more about these programs below.

Classes at your School

Our trained Museum educators offer a wide range of science programs to local schools. We provide hands-on, interactive programming to children from preschool through elementary school. Our programs align to current science standards.

The JMZ offers programming in your classrooms, at our museum, and in open space preserves.


Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons last about 50 minutes. Each of our lessons involve hands-on, interactive science. These include live animals, natural artifacts, and science tools and materials. We can bring our lessons to your school classrooms or you can have our lesson at our museum as part of a field trip.

You can find prices for our lessons in our program menu. We may apply an extra transportation fee for some locations.


Open Space Field Trip

Some programs take place in local Palo Alto preserves. Open space programs can last from 1-3 hours. See our program menu for fees and descriptions of our open space programs.


Program Menu & Fees

See the documents below for a listing of our in-class and open space programs, including fees. Our elementary school programs align with the Next Generation Science Standards. We have a different list of offerings for our preschool programs, also shown below.


Registration

To book a classroom lesson, please fill out the JMZ program registration form below. For any other questions, contact bill.gutoff@cityofpaloalto.org.

To book an open space field trip, please contact naturalist@cityofpaloalto.org or call (650) 329-2506.

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Preschool & Afterschool Classes

The Junior Museum & Zoo offers a full range of science experiences for children ages 3-11. These include “parent and me" preschool classes and elementary afterschool programs.

Preschool Classes

Give your young scientist an amazing experience of exploration and discovery! We design our hands-on classes especially for inquisitive preschoolers, 3-5 years old. In our preschool classes, a parent or caregiver must attend with the child. Sorry, but unregistered siblings are not allowed in class. 


Afterschool Classes

We also provide afterschool classes for elementary-aged children. We have classes at the Junior Museum & Zoo, Foothills park, and the Palo Alto Baylands.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday at the Junior Museum & Zoo.  We provide fun science activities and a private room for your party. You supply the cake.

We have party options for children ages 3 and up. We also have special options for larger groups and older children. Please call the Museum front desk for information about special options.

To learn more or make a date request, please follow the links below. You may also call to find out about availability.

Party Coordinator: Ines Thiessen
Phone: (650) 329-2111
Fax: (650) 473-1965
ines.thiessen@cityofpaloalto.org

Open Space Field Trips

Open Space Field Trip

Some programs take place in local Palo Alto preserves. Open space programs can last from 1-3 hours. See the our program menu for fees and descriptions of our open space programs.

To book an open space field trip, please contact naturalist@cityofpaloalto.org or call (650) 329-2506

Self-Guided Field Trips

See our Visit page for reserving self-guided field trips to the JMZ.

See our School Programs section above for booking a science program during your visit.

Summer Camps

The Junior Museum & Zoo provides interactive week-long science camps every summer. Check back here in Winter 2022 for information about next Summer's registration and offerings.