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School Programs

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Throughout the school academic year, trained Museum educators offer a wide range of standards-based science programs for K-5 local elementary school classrooms. Programs can be tailored to complement core science instruction, or structured as stand-alone experiences for students.


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


PLEASE NOTE: The museum is temporarily located at Cubberley Community Center while the Junior Museum & Zoo is being rebuilt. During this time, there will only be limited animals on display within the museum, and there is no nearby playground.


Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons typically last 50 minutes and can include hands-on encounters with live animals, natural artifacts and science tools and materials. These lessons may be offered in your school classrooms or at the museum as part of a field trip.

Prices for classroom lessons range in price 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. Class pricing is included in our program menu below.


Open Space Field Trip

Some programs take place in local Palo Alto preserves. Open space programs can last from 1-3 hours.

Program Menu & Fees

See the documents below for a listing of our in-class and open space programs, including fees. We have offerings for both the California 2004 Science Framework, and the Next Generation Science Standards.


School Programs - CA 2004 Science Framework Aligned
School Programs - NGSS Aligned

Tailored Program


Community, neighborhood, family and scout groups may also take advantage of these unique educational opportunities by signing up for a Tailored Program. These programs can be adapted 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 book a classroom lesson or a tailored program, please contact


To book an open space field trip, please contact or call 650-329-2506

Afterschool Programs at your School

We currently offer our Science with a Twist afterschool program at Duveneck, Ohlone, and Nixon elementary schools. See a link to our flyers on the sidebar.

Self-Guided Field Trips


For reserving self-guided field trips for school classes and other groups please see our Visit page for more information.

JMZ Science Outreach programming in Palo Alto public schools is made possible, in large part, by the work of

 Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE).


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Junior Museum & Zoo

Cubberley Auditorium

4050 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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 - CA 2004 Aligned
School Programs - NGSS Aligned 

Science With a Twist Afterschool:
Duveneck Fall 2018
Nixon Elem. Fall 2018

Ohlone Fall 2018

JMZ Program Catalog