"Lunch and Learn" Programs

The Zoo is Beginning to Restore its Lunch and Learn experiences.

Lunch and Learn programs last about an hour and begin at noon. They are available on weekdays only. Each program includes lunch for up to two people and the Zoo professional, as well as a brief behind-the-scenes experience. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Lunch and Learn - Zoo Vet

This program includes a tour of the Zoo’s veterinary hospital and Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The program cost of $350 for Zoo Society members and $375 for non-members provides Zoo admission, lunch, and the experience for two people and a $300 tax-deductible donation to the North Carolina Zoological Society, the private 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for the North Carolina Zoo.

Proceeds will support the needs of the Zoo's veterinary hospital.

Lunch and Learn with a Zoo Curator of Mammals

This tour enables two people to spend an hour or so talking over lunch with the curator who oversees the Zoo's apes and monkeys, cats, otters, marine mammals, small mammals, and several other mammal species. After lunch, the curator will lead a short, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the habitats she manages. Participants must practice social distancing during the program and cover their mouths and noses with masks while touring inside buildings.

Lunch and Learn programs are scheduled during the regular workweek (Monday-Friday) on a date that is acceptable to the curator and our guests. These tours are open to adults 16 years or older. 

The $325 fee covers Zoo admission and lunch and includes a $300 tax-deductible donation to the North Carolina Zoological Society, the private 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for the North Carolina Zoo. The proceeds from this Lunch and Learn encounter will support the most pressing needs of the Zoo's Animal Section. Among other things, these needs may include purchasing materials for animal enrichment, funding keeper training opportunities, or supporting research or activities that promote animal well-being.

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