Expeditions

When can I schedule an Expedition?
When can I schedule an Expedition?
You can book an Expedition for any time of year! Expeditions will take up about 1 hour of your Zoo visit.
What is the cost?
What is the cost?
$100 for up to 30 students (Expeditions will be split into groups of 15 or fewer); $85 for each additional group of 30. This fee is in addition to your School or Group Rate Admission.
*New pricing effective January 1st, 2018: First 15 students: $70; each additional 15 students: $50

What is an Expedition?

Think field study and fun! A professional Zoo Educator will lead guests through a thematic, interactive, inquiry-based experience! Expeditions take place in and around the Zoo and bring learning alive.

All of our programs meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

You must book a School Field Trip or Group Visit to reserve an Expedition.

For Grades K-2:

Elephants & Biodiversity

Elephants & Biodiversity: Learn about biodiversity and how the roles of African animals affect one another and their habitat.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • Kindergarten: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
  • 2nd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • K-2nd grade: Engineering Design
Lion Safari

Lion Safari: Take a safari through lion territory and learn all about lions and the importance of conservation areas.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • Kindergarten: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
  • 1st grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • K-2nd grade: Engineering Design
Caring About Water

Caring about Water: Discover how pollution affects our waterways and animals and how you can help.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • Kindergarten: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
  • 2nd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • K-2nd grade: Engineering Design
Cycles of Life & Water

Cycles of Life and Water: Role-play the life cycles of different animals and learn how you can help protect the waterways animals rely on.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • Kindergarten: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
  • 1st grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • K-2nd grade: Engineering Design

For Grades 3-5:

Wild About Frogs

Wild About Frogs: Investigate the frogs of the Zoo and discover their amazing adaptations.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • 4th grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • 5th grade: Earth’s Systems
Watery Habitats

Watery Habitats of North America: Learn what every animal needs from a habitat and how you can help protect watery habitats on our continent.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Weather and Climate
  • 5th grade: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems; Earth’s Systems
Baboons: All in the Family

Baboons: All in the Family! Examine our lion, baboon and elephant families and look for their inherited and learned traits and adaptations.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits
  • 4th grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • 5th grade: Earth’s Systems
Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Its People

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and Its People: Learn all about the people of NCA and how everyone has a role in protecting animals.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • 5th grade: Earth’s Systems
Waters Around the World

Waters Around the World: Investigate the differences between fresh and salt water, how people and animals rely on water and what your students can do to protect this resource.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • 4th grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • 5th grade: Earth’s Systems
Brilliant Biomes

Brilliant Biomes: Explore biomes around the world, including rainforests, through the animals at the Zoo.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • 3rd grade: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, 3.Weather and Climate
  • 4th grade: Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • 5th grade: Earth’s Systems

For Grades 6-8:

A Long Walk to Water

NEW! A Long Walk to Water: Engage in an interdisciplinary learning experience that incorporates a scientific field study in Seneca Park and a self-guided  creative writing activity within the Zoo. This 2-hour expedition is based on the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

NGSS & NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards Connections:

  • Middle School: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Human Impacts

Common Core Connections:

  • 6th grade: Writing 6.3 and 6.4; Language 6.1 and 6.2
  • 7th grade: Writing 7.3 and 7.4; Language 7.1 and 7.2
  • 8th grade: Writing 8.3 and 8.4; Language 8.1 and 8.2

How do I prepare?

  • Read the Teacher Guide for your Expedition
  • Have your class split into Expedition Groups of 10-15 students with at least 1 chaperone per group
  • Communicate with our Education Department by emailing any questions or special requests to education@senecazoo.org