Preschool Program at the OC Zoo

The OC Zoo’s fall preschool program’s registration is now open and filling up quick.


The Fall Preschool Programs are for children ages 3-4 years old. The cost is $5.00 (admission covers one enrolled child and one parent). The programs are approximately one hour in length and include educational information, hands-on learning and crafts. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. The gate entry fee for Irvine Regional Park is NOT included with fee for zoo class. Irvine Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays & $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Classes offered as follows:

Feathery Friends 10:00 a.m.

  • Thursday,  September. 11, 2014
  • Friday, November 21, 2014

Animal Art I 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bats, Cats & Spiders 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild North America 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Registration must be made by calling (714) 973-6846. Fees are to be paid the day of the scheduled program.

The OC Zoo traces its roots back to 1905 when Red Foxes were introduced in the Irvine Park Region and bred by J.A. Turner. A small collection of animals started in 1920 by Tustin rancher Sam Nau featured a pair of pet mule deer. Nau eventually built a corral for the park that held an additional male mule deer. An alligator exhibit was the chief attraction until a bird exhibit adjoining the deer pens was added in 1935. The bird exhibit structure exhibited cockatoos, quail, doves and parakeets.

The current modern zoo officially opened in 1985 as the Irvine Park Zoo and has since changed its name to the OC Zoo. The zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange.


  • Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Bathrooms are located outside of the Zoo

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847

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