What is The Learning Zoo?
The Learning Zoo offers educational shows featuring live animals to birthday parties, preschools, homeschool groups, and Scout troops in The Woodlands, Texas and surrounding areas.
All of our presentations are geared towards a fun, educational experience, with the goal of all guests having hands-on encounters with our animals.
At present, our location near The Woodlands, Texas, is open for scheduled parties, events, and classes and we hope to be open to the public soon!
Head Zookeeper: Drew Schulz
Drew Schulz, the owner and proprietor of The Learning Zoo, has been involved with animals for most of his life. For over a decade, he has worked with animals, given presentations, taught classes, and brought wildlife into people’s lives. He holds a BA in History and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and an Associate of Science degree in Zoo Animal Technology from the prestigious Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, in Gainesville, Florida, the only school in the world dedicated to training zookeepers in a 10-acre working zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
After completing his degree in Florida, Drew worked a variety of animal jobs, including a keeper at a wolf sanctuary and as an alligator trainer. He finally decided to start his own zoo as a way to bring wildlife and nature closer to his community.
Event Coordinator: Bekah Swaim
From a young age, Bekah knew that she wanted to be a leader in her community. At age 16, she started working at private preschools, Montessori schools, and summer camps where she realized being a teacher to children and teens was something she was passionate about. She graduated cum laude from Covenant Christian School where she was apart of the National Honors Society and Art Club.
After high school, Bekah attended Stephen F Austin State University, graduating in May 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences with a focus in Family and Child Development. She achieved her minor in Early Childhood Education by completing many practicums and hands-on classes at the on-campus charter school.
Inspiring others to leave the world a better place than they found it through kindness, generosity, and growth is one of her biggest goals. Bekah’s favorite animal at The Learning Zoo is Valentina the bearded dragon. Bearded dragons are usually very docile and calm which makes them a great beginner reptile for kids to hold when transitioning from furry to scaly friends.
She is excited to head up our birthday party and events programs and see The Learning Zoo expand in many ways to serve the families of the community.
Education Coordinator &
Zoo Photographer: Bev Schulz
Dr. Schulz oversees our classes and workshops and serves as our Zoo Photographer. With a background in education spanning over 30 years, she has experience in teaching both homeschool and college students at a variety of colleges. Her education includes a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; a MA Ed in Adult and Continuing Education; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
With the opportunity to teach and design curriculum, she especially enjoyed the role of homeschool mom and branched out to work as a professional photographer and photography teacher after completing the New York Institute of Photography’s Professional Photographer training.