Family and Kids Programs at The Living Desert!

Located in Palm Desert and just 15 minutes from Palm Springs, The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. Click here to become a member. Campers learn about plants and animals, the environment (including our own desert) and what it's like to work at a zoo Quarters for Conservation. Choose a Conservation Project and help protect wild animals and plants around the planet! You can become an important part of The Living Desert's conservation efforts through our Adopt! Program. Brew at the Zoo, Save the Date for the 5th Annual Brew at the Zoo!

Park After Dark

Ever wonder what the animals are up to at The Living Desert when the people go home and the lights go out? Nighttime is a whole different world at the zoo as you experience the park as our nocturnal animals do. Your special evening includes up-close animal presentation, guided walk through the zoo, scorpion hunting using ultra violet lights and s'mores roasting 'round a roaring campfire? Park After Dark is FUN for the whole family or individuals.

Jr. Zoo Keepers

The Jr. Keeper Program is back and better than ever! Do you have what it takes to be a Jr. Zoo Keeper? Let's find out as we do various real time zoo keeper activities right alongside real Zoo Keepers!

Gecko Explorers

Calling all 6-12 year olds! Join the coolest Jr. Naturalist club in the desert, Gecko Explorers! Together we will experience nature as never before through behind-the-scenes adventures, hands-on activities and so much more! See you there!

Raven Explorers

There is new program in town! If you are 9-14 years old then grab your parents and take flight with the Raven Explorers to fascinating locations here at the Living Desert! From Behind the Scenes, scenic hikes, and family wide scavengers hunts, family bonding couldn't get any better!


Campers learn about plants and animals, the environment (including our own desert) and what it's like to work at a zoo. Programs are challenging and stimulating, but most of all...

Starry Safari

Grab your backpacks! Roll up your sleeping bags! Join us for an overnight experience under the stars.

Me & You at the Zoo

Lizards, and Bobcats and Snakes, Oh My! Toddlers and accompanying adults can enjoy experiencing the zoo in a brand new way!