Adventure Learning Day

The Math and Science of Animals

Embark on this new type of Adventure with your students and increase the educational value of your next trip to the Zoo. This discovery-based, interdisciplinary program meets Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards while exposing students to animals from around the globe.

Students will explore the Zoo in small chaperoned groups. You provide the chaperones and the Zoo provides staff to facilitate exploration at each station. Students hone skills such as observation, classification, calculation, and prediction. Each station, inspired by our animals, will encourage student learning across the curriculum including activities in Math, Science, ELA, and Art. Students will complete a Field Study Guide and collect stamps along the way as they explore animal behavior, anatomy, adaptations for survival and more. A fun new way to learn at the Zoo.

Travel between each station is self-guided. Zoo staff and docents on hand at each station for support and direction.

Each Learning Station Activity can be completed in 15 minutes or less.


1st Grade:

1-LS1 from Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Process
1-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Common Core: MATH MP.2. 1.MD.A.1

2nd Grade:

2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Common Core: Math MP.2, MP.4, 2 MD.D.10

For more information, contact or (585) 336-7213


April 1 through October 31

For schools in Monroe County:

$8 per student | 1 adult per 5 students is free

$5 per each additional adult 

 For schools outside Monroe County:

$9 per student | 1 adult per 5 students is free

$6 per each additional adult

November 1 through December 31

 For schools in Monroe County:

$7 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students

$4 per each additional adult

For schools outside Monroe County:

$8.50 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students

$5.50 per each additional adult

Helpful Information for your Adventure Learning Day

Before you arrive:

  • Do a head count of students and chaperones.
  • Have your payment ready, along with your total numbers, to provide to our Admissions staff.
  • Circulate Chaperone Guidelines to all attending staff and chaperons.
  • Provide nametags with your school name (school shirts work well too!).
  • Label your lunches and be prepared to carry them to a designated picnic area.
  • Practice Zoo Etiquette:
    • Respect the Animals– always use quiet voices and do not tap on enclosure barriers such as glass or fencing. Do NOT feed the animals.
    • Be Safe – stay on pathways and do not climb or run. Stay together!
    • Play in designated areas only.
    • Keep the Zoo Beautiful– Throw away all litter and recycle.
    • Be Courteous– be respectful of other guests in the Zoo.

Practice makes perfect: acting out proper behavior in advance will help your students remember Zoo Et

When you arrive:

  • Wait with your group on the bus and wait for unloading instructions from Zoo staff.
  • Unload with your group and wait in your assigned waiting area.
  • Have your total headcount and all payments ready.
  • Bring lunches to Designated Picnic Areas- either on the Lower Road or under the tent next to the Tiger Exhibit.
  • If you have scheduled an educational experience an Education staff member will meet you at the Front Gate.