Cub Scout Day Workshops

boy scout science workshops Gather up your pack and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a day full of fun and adventure! Explore the Zoo on a guided tour, play games, learn about animals, create a craft, and earn a patch. We offer several interactive and hands-on programs. No matter which theme you chose, your pack will have a blast learning and playing together.

Important Information

Program Fee: $10.00 per adult - $20.00 per child. All adults and children must register
Group Size Limits: minimum 10 / maximum 30
Adult/Child Ratios: 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 scouts
Patches: You will receive 1 patch per scout for the program you have selected
Dates: We have many workshops dates available each month. Please contact a Reservations Associate for current openings.

Program Options

Tiger Scouts "Tigers in the Wild"
Have you ever wondered what happens in the zoo after dark? Take a night hike through Oakland Zoo and visit some of our nocturnal animal exhibits, then look for signs of wild animals that live in surrounding Knowland Park. In the morning, continue your exploration by learning about both native and non-native plants and trees that grow in and around the zoo, and how the Zoo’s rainforest animals make use of them. That includes tigers, of course!

Wolf Scouts "Paws on the Path"
Practice reading a map and compass (and try your hand at making your own), then test your skills by exploring the Zoo after closing time with map in hand. In the morning your whole den will go on a hike into the hills of Knowland Park above the zoo, where you will look for native wildlife and get a one-of-a-kind view of the Zoo and surrounding area when you reach the top. (Each scout should bring his six essentials).

Bear Scouts "Fur, Feathers, and Ferns"
What factors cause a species to become endangered or threatened? Investigate this with some help from zoo education staff, then meet several such species in the Zoo and up close. Venture beyond the zoo gates into Knowland Park to search for local wildlife and study plants up close, and make a trip to Oakland Zoo’s on-site composting yard that will have you thinking about the best way to fertilize your garden. (Each scout should bring his six essentials).

Webolo Scouts "Into the Wild"
This is your chance to explore and investigate wildlife and their habitats up close. Tour the zoo, look for wild animals in Knowland Park, and get dirty at Arroyo Viejo Creek. Try your hand at bug catching and experience what happens when nature falls out of balance. This workshop will leave you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of wildlife, and complete your Into the Wild adventure! (Each scout need to bring an empty and clean jar with a lid.)

Webelo Scouts "Into the Woods"
Learn to read a tree’s life story from its cross-section and investigate just how much we use and rely on trees every day in this program all about the plant kingdom. Visit Arroyo Viejo Creek and the surrounding woodlands of Knowland Park to learn to identify native plant and tree species and discover how wildlife and humans utilize them, then venture into the Zoo to observe and explore how animals in the Zoo enclosures use trees.

Nova WILD! (For any age or mixed age groups)
Looking for an overnight experience for the whole pack? In this program, Cub Scouts of all ages can experience the zoo together while learning about wildlife, the food cycle, and different ecosystems. You will learn from observing the animals in the Zoo as well as searching for plants and animals that live in our local ecosystem along Arroyo Viejo Creek. This program is designed to help Cub Scouts complete part of the Nova WILD! Award, but is great fun for any den or pack, whether or not you intend to go on to complete the award.

Reservation Information

To make a reservation download the Cub Scout Workshop Request Form. Submit a completed copy by fax (510) 729-7324 or by email at least 6 weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than 2 weeks prior to the event.

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. Full payment is due 2 weeks in advance or your reservation will be cancelled.

If you cancel more than 31 days before your event date you will be refunded the full amount minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. If it is less than 30 days, no refunds will be made.

Please note: All Cub Scout Overnights include an animal close-up with one of Oakland Zoo’s animal ambassadors.

Don’t see a favorite program that you have previously attended? We may be able to still offer the program by special request, or suggest the most appropriate of our new programs- just ask!

For more information please call (510) 632-9525 ext. 220 or email the Education Programs Registrar