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Dallas Zoo Teen Science Café


RSVP now for our next meeting: Sunday, November 13th 4 – 6 p.m. The Mighty Atom: From Discovery to Molecular Architecture Starring Prof. John Sibert, a chemistry professor, at University of Texas at Dallas.

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Save the date for upcoming Cafés:

January 15th 4 – 6 p.m., Prof. Greenberg (SMU, Computer Science and Art)

March 19th 6 – 8 p.m., Prof. Gonzalez (UTD, Biology)

April 23rd 6 – 8 p.m., Prof. Ranganathan (UTSW, Biology)

What is a Teen Science Café?

Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply. Teen Science Café is open to all high school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.





Wild Earth Action Team: Big Thicket National Preserve

Dallas Zoo will return to the Big Thicket National Preserve this December 2-4 and partner with the National Parks Service in a reforestation event celebrating the National Parks Centennial year (1916-2016).

We can accommodate 20 students on this expedition.

Tentative Itinerary

  • Friday, Dec 2 – We depart from Dallas Zoo after school for our expedition headquarters, the Big Thicket Research Station (4 hr. drive). We eat a packed dinner in route. After arrival and set up, we learn about owls, owl conservation, and do an owl prowl before bedtime.


  • Saturday, Dec 3 – We eat breakfast and then join the National Park Service in the Big Thicket National Preserve planting longleaf pine seedlings to restore habitat for black bear and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.  We eat a packed lunch in the forest and afterward enjoy a guided hike through old growth longleaf pine forest. We return to the research station for a birding skills workshop. We eat dinner then gather for a woodpecker workshop before bedtime.


  • Sunday, Dec 4 – We eat breakfast and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve headquarters. We meet with park rangers and learn about their work then take a guided forest hike to learn more about the Big Thicket ecology and practice our birding skills. We eat a packed lunch on the road and return to Dallas Sunday afternoon.


Trip cost is $250/person which covers two nights lodging (dormitory-style), transportation (van), all education programs, and six meals.

Wild Earth Action Team t-shirts are available for purchase during the registration process for $25.

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Call Ben Jones at the Dallas Zoo with any additional questions at 469.554.7265 or email

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Sensory Friendly Day

2017 Date Coming Soon!

The Dallas Zoo welcomes individuals with autism, their families, and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. Modifications around the Zoo will include sound adjustments and quiet zones to create an enjoyable environment for the whole family. In addition families will be provided with social stories and parent tips prior to the event. Special activities will include a sensory activity tour featuring primates, reptiles, and invertebrates with special animal encounters.

Sensory Friendly Day Tools

Social Story – Sensory Friendly Day

Dallas Zoo Sensory Friendly Day – Parent Tip Sheet

Sensory Friendly Day 2016 Map








Cancellation Policy
This is a non-refundable final sale.  Credit will not be issued within 14 days of the program/event start date.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deems appropriate.  Programs will take place rain or shine.  Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within one week of the scheduled program date may be cancelled.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, a program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  No credits or refunds will be issued for changes/cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program, for any amount under $20, or for no-show groupsCredit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.  All changes or cancellations must be submitted in writing to
The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.