Wegmans ZooMobile

Wegmans ZooMobile

Wegmans ZooMobile program has been providing educational outreach services to area schools and other institutions since 1986.

The Wegmans ZooMobile provides fun and exciting educational programs year-round at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as daycare centers, preschools, nursing homes, adult day care facilities, libraries, colleges and many other organizations. The Wegmans ZooMobile also participates in numerous community service and festival-type events, such as the Harborfest and American Liver Foundation’s Kids N’ Trucks. Our mission is to instill an understanding and appreciation of the Earth’s biodiversity and to provide our community members with the education, skills and motivation to act on behalf of the environment.

The Wegmans ZooMobile visits schools, libraries, nursing homes, scout meetings, preschools, daycare (including licensed home daycare), and public events providing themed programs for all ages. We do not do programs for birthday parties in private homes. Please submit a ZooMobile Request Form here.

What kind of programs does the Wegmans ZooMobile provide?

The typical Wegmans ZooMobile program is a 30- to 60-minute presentation focusing on one of several themes targeted towards your group type. These programs focus on different animal groups, as well as animal behaviors and adaptations. However, we realize that needs differ and we can tailor a program to meet your specific needs. All programs include the use of live animals and biofacts to support the program messages. Animals vary per program themes.

Pre-K - Grade 2

Animal Movements

One of our most popular visits, Animal Movements will give your class an up close personal look at how our program animals move. From birds, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, and small mammals, the various movements will all be explained in a fun, educational program. Meant for younger audiences, this program is a great way to introduce kids to the world’s biodiversity.

Animal Coverings

Animal Coverings will give your class the opportunity to see and feel some of the different coverings that species need to survive. From birds, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, and small mammals, the various coverings will be explored through animals and biofacts in a fun, hands-on program. Meant for younger audiences, this program is a great way to introduce kids to the importance of animal adaptations.

Amazing Animals

Meet some amazing ambassador animals and learn interesting facts about a variety of species.

Grades 3 - 5

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Our Ecosystem – Genesee

You don’t have to look far to find amazing wildlife. Right in our own backyard, there is a complex ecosystem to explore. Through the Zoo’s One Cubic Foot initiative with Natural History photographer David Liittschwager, and the science of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Zoo staff will take your class on a journey through the Genesee Watershed to explore some of this area’s diverse wildlife. Watersheds, riparian habitats, lakes, and food webs will be discussed.

Going, Going, Saved!

Discover the things that can cause animals to become endangered or even extinct; and learn what zoos and you can do to prevent it from happening. It’s not too late to save the world’s most precious animals if we all do our part.

Radical Rainforests – Madagascar

Experience one of the most biodiverse nations in the world with The Seneca Park Zoo Society team documenting the biodiversity of Madagascar in One Cubic Foot. Through photos, videos, and live animals, learn about endemic wildlife and the unique adaptations of the wildlife of Madagascar.  Lessons on conservation and the importance of sustainable use of land are centerpieces to this program.

Lifecycles

Reptiles, amphibians, and insects might look scary to some people, but they are vitally important to our ecosystems and feature some fascinating adaptations.  In this program, we will discuss cycles of life, classification, identification, and appreciation of some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures.

Grades 6 - 8

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Our Ecosystem – Genesee

You don’t have to look far to find amazing wildlife. Right in our own backyard, there is a complex ecosystem to explore. Through the Zoo’s One Cubic Foot initiative with Natural History photographer David Liittschwager, and the science of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Zoo staff will take your class on a journey through the Genesee Watershed to explore some of this area’s diverse wildlife. Watersheds, riparian habitats, lakes, and food webs will be discussed.

Going, Going, Saved!

Discover the things that can cause animals to become endangered or even extinct; and learn what zoos and you can do to prevent it from happening. It’s not too late to save the world’s most precious animals if we all do our part.

Radical Rainforests – Madagascar

Experience one of the most biodiverse nations in the world with The Seneca Park Zoo Society team documenting the biodiversity of Madagascar in One Cubic Foot. Through photos, videos, and live animals, learn about endemic wildlife and the unique adaptations of the wildlife of Madagascar.  Lessons on conservation and the importance of sustainable use of land are centerpieces to this program.

One Cubic Foot – Full Replication

Take part in replicating One Cubic Foot with three interactions between your class and Zoo staff.  By the time we leave, your class will be able to replicate your own surveys for long term learning experiences.  This program shares data on an international level, teaches your students about citizen science, and underlines the importance of sharing data. STEAM curriculum fits well with this visit.

One Cubic Foot – Bioblitz

If you have limited time, but want to conduct your own citizen science project, the Zoo will work with you to prepare and conduct a bioblitz on site at your school.  Zoo staff will guide your students on a bioblitz, assessing the wildlife around your school.  When we leave, you will have the tools to continue surveying and sharing data.

Grade 9 + Up

Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Seneca Park Zoo, the Zoo Society, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about forest saving projects in Borneo and Madagascar, sturgeon and otter reintroductions in our own backyard, and penguin-saving science.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

One Cubic Foot – Full Replication

Take part in replicating One Cubic Foot with three interactions between your class and Zoo staff.  By the time we leave, your class will be able to replicate your own surveys for long term learning experiences.  This program shares data on an international level, teaches your students about citizen science, and underlines the importance of sharing data. STEAM curriculum fits well with this visit.

One Cubic Foot – Bioblitz

If you have limited time, but want to conduct your own citizen science project, the Zoo will work with you to prepare and conduct a bioblitz on site at your school.  Zoo staff will guide your students on a bioblitz, assessing the wildlife around your school.  When we leave, you will have the tools to continue surveying and sharing data.

A Journey Through One Cubic Foot

Explore the world’s most amazing biodiversity through the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s journey with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager’s project, One Cubic Foot.  This talk features world class photography and an amazing story of art, science, discovery, and learning the story of biodiversity.

Adults

Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Seneca Park Zoo, the Zoo Society, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about forest saving projects in Borneo and Madagascar, sturgeon and otter reintroductions in our own backyard, and penguin-saving science.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

One Cubic Foot – Bioblitz

If you have limited time, but want to conduct your own citizen science project, the Zoo will work with you to prepare and conduct a bioblitz on site at your school.  Zoo staff will guide your students on a bioblitz, assessing the wildlife around your school.  When we leave, you will have the tools to continue surveying and sharing data.

A Journey Through One Cubic Foot

Explore the world’s most amazing biodiversity through the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s journey with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager’s project, One Cubic Foot.  This talk features world class photography and an amazing story of art, science, discovery, and learning the story of biodiversity.

Seniors

Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Seneca Park Zoo, the Zoo Society, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about forest saving projects in Borneo and Madagascar, sturgeon and otter reintroductions in our own backyard, and penguin-saving science.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

One Cubic Foot – Bioblitz

If you have limited time, but want to conduct your own citizen science project, the Zoo will work with you to prepare and conduct a bioblitz on site at your school.  Zoo staff will guide your students on a bioblitz, assessing the wildlife around your school.  When we leave, you will have the tools to continue surveying and sharing data.

A Journey Through One Cubic Foot

Explore the world’s most amazing biodiversity through the Seneca Park Zoo Society’s journey with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager’s project, One Cubic Foot.  This talk features world class photography and an amazing story of art, science, discovery, and learning the story of biodiversity.

Festivals

Invite the Wegmans ZooMobile to your next festival! You provide the table; we provide the fun, including live animals, animal-related artifacts, and information about Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo and its programs. Programming is priced by the hour and discounts are available for non-profit groups. Festival style presentations can be themed and each program includes three or four live animals. In large group situations, touching of the animals is prohibited for their comfort and safety, but most animal-related artifacts are touchable.

Pick one of the following themes:

One Cubic Foot

Explore the images, the science, and the biodiviersity of a recuperating Genesee River. Explore what we can learn from the animals and plants we found in our continued surveys of the river.  Photographs by David Liittschwager, and science by the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Habitats

The habitats festival table features animals that represent the habitats and ecosystems Seneca Park Zoo and other zoos work to Save Animals From Extinction.

Incredible Invertebrates

Did you know that there are more invertebrates in the world than any other type of animal? Without them life might not be possible! Get to see some of our invertebrate friends and some animals that depend on them.

Prices

Preschool-age programs (up to 20 kids): $85 per program
School-age-and-up programs (up to 30 kids): $100 per program
Adults, seniors and special needs programs: $100 per program
Large group assemblies (over 30 participants): $165
Festival-style programs: $150 per hour (2 hours maximum)

Additional travel and other charges may apply. Discounts for multiple programs are available.