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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo, located in Big Bear Lake, California, is a unique and educational destination that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about wildlife and conservation. Here’s a brief educational overview tailored for students and families visiting:


Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Established in 1959 as a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned animals, the zoo has evolved into a sanctuary that also focuses on conservation and education.
  • Growth: Over the decades, the zoo has expanded its facilities and programs, becoming a respected institution for wildlife care and education.


Key Exhibits and Animals

  • Native Wildlife: The zoo primarily focuses on animals native to the San Bernardino Mountains, including black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, and various bird species. These exhibits highlight the local ecosystem and its inhabitants.
  • Rehabilitation Stories: Many of the animals at the zoo are permanent residents due to injuries or circumstances that prevent their release into the wild. Learning about their stories emphasizes the importance of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts.
  • Endangered Species: The zoo is home to several endangered species, such as the snow leopard and the bald eagle. These exhibits provide insights into the challenges these animals face in the wild and the efforts being made to protect them.

Interactive Learning

  • Animal Presentations: The zoo offers regular animal presentations where visitors can learn about specific animals, their behaviors, and their habitats. These presentations are engaging and educational for all ages.
  • Hands-On Activities: Families can participate in various hands-on activities, such as feeding certain animals or engaging in interactive displays that teach about wildlife conservation and animal care.


Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the zoo’s website for current exhibits, special events, and feeding times to make the most of your visit.
  • Engage with Staff: Take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and ask questions to gain deeper insights into the animals and the zoo’s conservation efforts.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage children to participate in hands-on activities and animal presentations to make learning fun and memorable.
  • Explore the Grounds: The zoo’s beautiful natural setting provides additional opportunities for exploration and relaxation, making it a pleasant outing for families.

By visiting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, students and families can learn about the importance of wildlife conservation, the challenges faced by local and endangered species, and the efforts being made to protect these animals and their habitats.


Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational field trip activities, trip organization and student ticket.


Big Bear Alpine Zoo

PriceFrom $29.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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