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Family Programs

"Fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through Education, Conservation, Recreation and Discovery."

Education of the natural world is vital. The Great Plains Zoo is committed to providing a fun as well as educational experience for all our guests. Our Education crew offers additional programming that focuses on interaction and education with animals from our team of experienced professionals! 

Family Program Package

Add an expert to your next visit to the Zoo!  Our Family Program Package includes a 60-minute guided tour of several of our animal exhibits, with in-depth animal information and animal artifacts!  The tour will be followed by a 30-minute encounter with two of our Ambassador Animals, including a chance to touch at least one of them. 

This program is appropriate for groups of all ages, but your group must include at least one adult. Please note that the tour is in public areas only and does not include behind-the-scenes access.

Members: $45
Non-members: $50
*Pricing is valid for groups of up to 10.  If you have more than 10 people (including adults), please contact us for program pricing.
*Price does not include Zoo admission.

Click here to request your package!

Want just the tour or the animal encounter?  Individual programs available; please select “Personal Tour Only” ($30) or “Animal Encounter Only” ($20) on your request form.

Program Package Request Form

Program Packages are available daily, during Zoo hours, year-round based on educator availability. Please make your reservation at least two days in advance. For reservations, fill out the form below or contact our Education Department at 605-367-8313, ext. 233.  (Phone reservations are recommended within a week of the requested date.)

To Request a Program Package: Complete this form and submit it. We will send you an email confirmation with your program date and time, along with the total cost. Your package is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email.

If your requested program date is within a week from today, please call 605-367-8313, ext. 233 to be sure your form was received.





  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.