Educational Programs ~

Fun ways to learn more about the animals

Zoo Camps and Programs are an exciting opportunity for children and families to experience Oglebay. Join us for Birthday Parties, Summer Camps, Adult Education Courses, and more. Looking for more information on the programs below? Contact our Zoo Education Department at 304-243-4068 or email for more details.

Preschool Programs

Join the Educators at the Oglebay Good Zoo for fun-filled Preschool Programs, a great way for parents or grandparents to interact with their children and explore nature and wildlife. The programs, for children ages 2 – 4, are designed using the Content Standards and Learning Criteria for West Virginia Pre-Kindergarten. Programs are held on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are hour in length and include crafts, songs, and live animals.

Preschool Program Brochure Parent’s Guide Online Registration


Wild Art Painting Classes

Get artsy at the Oglebay Good Zoo! Classes are available for adults, teens, children, families, couples, and teams. We’ll provide you with art supplies and step-by-step painting instructions. Guests will also be visited by a surprise animal during class! Interested in a private Wild Art program? Wild Art programs are great for a girls night out, birthday parties, scout troops, team building, or any other group activity. Contact the Zoo Education Department at 304-243-4068 or email for more details.


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday at the Oglebay Good Zoo and leave the fuss to us! Enjoy our party room with cupcakes and party snacks, an animal presentation, guided tour of the zoo, and more. Birthday Parties are conducted by our trained Education Staff, experienced in providing programming for all ages.

Birthday Parties Reservation Request


Workshops and Sleepovers

Oglebay Good Zoo Workshops are specially designed programs for Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Clubs, church groups, and other organizations looking for a fun-filled zoo adventure. Choose from several exciting programs. Our trained Education Staff, experienced in providing programming for all ages, will conduct your workshop with a guided tour of the zoo and live animal presentation. Make a night out of it and join us for a sleepover!

Workshops & Sleepovers Reservation Request


Explore & Learn, Field Trips & Teacher Programs

Looking for a hands-on adventure for your students? The Oglebay Good Zoo is for you! The zoo provides unique opportunities for student involvement, whether it’s panning for fossils at the gem sluice, touching a llama, or feeding a lorikeet.

Explore & Learn Brochure


Teen Volunteer Program

After successfully completing our Volunteer Training Program, teens become volunteers and assist Zoo Keepers and Educators with the daily responsibilities of operating the zoo. Our volunteers will share their wildlife knowledge with visitors at the Oglebay Good Zoo, while using live animals and artifacts. In addition to the everyday duties, volunteers also aid in conducting summer camps, birthday parties, sleepovers, and other education programs. For information on our Adult Volunteer Program, please call 304-243-4033 or email

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Spring Homeschool Zoo Engineering Program

Home school students, middle school through high school age, will explore the Oglebay Good Zoo while participating in behind-the-scenes tours, STEM activities, and career exploration.

Stay tuned for 2019 information and online registration!


Zoo Summer Camps

Through hands-on activities, experiments, and live animals, participants will learn about wildlife, nature, science, and the outdoors! Various camp programs taught buy our trained and experienced Education Staff are available for ages 3 and up. Our education staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. Lifeguards are on duty for all swimming activities.

Stay tuned for 2019 information and online registration!