Education Resources


Professional Learning Opportunities

Come to the Zoo or have us come to you. We can provide exciting programs for your grade level or district-wide meetings. Learn how you can best utilize the Zoo’s amazing animals and other incredible resources to meet the needs of your students. Find out how Zoo programs connect to Common Core Learning Standards and Curriculum as well as the New York State and NextGen Science Standards. Contact us for details at or (585) 336-7213

Scavenger Hunts

School-wide Scavenger Hunt by School #58

Habitats Scavenger Hunt (Kindergarten through first grade)

Habitats Scavenger Hunt (Second through fifth grade)

Carnivore/Omnivore Scavenger (Kindergarten through first grade)

Carnivore/Omnivore Scavenger Hunt (Second through fifth grade)

Careers For Students

Click here for our free Careers Book to find out about jobs at the Zoo.

Funding: Information And Ideas

Apply for a grant to cover your field trip

Target field trip grants

Post on donors choose

The Zoo has limited funding for Rochester City School District teachers to cover program costs, only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get your students involved

Hold a school-wide fundraiser! Have students bring in loose change starting in September and get them excited watching the amount grow. You’ll be surprised how much you have by May.


You don’t know until you ask. Ask your school administration, ask your PTA, ask your room parents and volunteers. A contribution from any source will lower your per-student cost.

Partner up

Contact a local restaurant and inquire about fundraiser nights. Many restaurants will choose a date with you and then share a percentage of their sales profits on a given night. Spread the word and encourage families to go that night.

Homework Hotline

Watch the Zoo on WXXI’s Homework Hotline

5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, September through April

Homework Hotline is a statewide educational show on PBS where students can call in to get help with homework. It is shown on eight stations through New York State as well as streamed through their Web site, with 240,000 viewers per year. The Zoo has partnered with this program for the past decade, presenting an animal ambassador and educating on conservation as well as spreading the word about the Zoo’s many events.

Click the video links below to view a few of our past Homework Hotline visits: