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.

What is an Expedition?

Think field study and fun! A professional Zoo Educator will lead your students through a thematic, interactive experience! Expeditions take place in and around the Zoo and bring learning alive. Each Expedition comes with pre-visit materials to help your students get the most out of their visit.

All of our programs meet New York State and Common Core Learning Standards and can be tailored to meet the needs of your class.

For Grades K-2:

Elephants & Diversity

Elephants and Diversity: Learn about biodiversity and what job each animal does to help out their habitat.

Connects to Living Environment Key Ideas: 3, 4, 5, 6

Lion Safari

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

Connects to Living Environment Key Ideas: 3, 4, 5, 6

Caring About Water

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

Connects to Kindergarten Domain 11: Taking Care of the Earth.

Watery Habitats of N. America

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

Connects to Grade 1 Domain 8: Animals and Habitats.

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.

Connects to Grade 2 Domain 6: Cycles in Nature.

For Grades K-2:

Elephants & Diversity

Elephants and Diversity: Learn about biodiversity and what job each animal does to help out their habitat.

Connects to Living Environment Key Ideas: 3, 4, 5, 6

Lion Safari

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

Connects to Living Environment Key Ideas: 3, 4, 5, 6

Caring About Water

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

Connects to Kindergarten Domain 11: Taking Care of the Earth.

Watery Habitats of N. America

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

Connects to Grade 1 Domain 8: Animals and Habitats.

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.

Connects to Grade 2 Domain 6: Cycles in Nature.

For Grades 3-5:

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.

Connects to Living Environments Key Ideas: 2 and 3

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and 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.

Connects to Living Environment Key Idea: 5 (and multiple Social Studies Standards)

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.

Connects to Grade 3 Module 4: The Role of Freshwater Around the World.

Wild About Frogs

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

Connects to Grade 3 Module 2A: Wide World of Frogs.

Development of materials in progress.

Brilliant Biomes

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

Connects to Grade 5 ELA Module 2A: Biodiversity in Rainforests.

Development of materials in progress.

For Grades 3-5:

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.

Connects to Living Environments Key Ideas: 2 and 3

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and 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.

Connects to Living Environment Key Idea: 5 (and multiple Social Studies Standards)

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.

Connects to Grade 3 Module 4: The Role of Freshwater Around the World.

Wild About Frogs

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

Connects to Grade 3 Module 2A: Wide World of Frogs.

Development of materials in progress.

Brilliant Biomes

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

Connects to Grade 5 ELA Module 2A: Biodiversity in Rainforests.

Development of materials in progress.

For Grade 7:

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.

Connects to Grade 7 ELA Module 1: Perspectives in Southern Sudan Science Standards: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7

Development of materials in progress.

For Grade 7:

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.

Connects to Grade 7 ELA Module 1: Perspectives in Southern Sudan Science Standards: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7

Development of materials in progress.

Where to make reservations?
Where to make reservations?
Submit a request here to reserve your expedition.

How do I prepare?

You will be provided with pre-visit materials to prepare both teachers and students for the expedition. Pre-visit materials may include:

  • A Teacher Field Guide informational packet.
  • A PowerPoint slide show to guide you through the expeditions outline.
  • A fun video invitation from Zoo Educators inviting your students to come see us at the Zoo with a sneak peek at the animals they are going to see!