10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grounds close at 4 p.m.

What is an Expedition?

Your Zoo Educator leads you and your group through a thematic, hands-on, interactive experience! Each Expedition comes with pre-visit materials to help your students get the most out of their visit. 

Pre-K through 12th grade programs meet New York State and Common Core Learning Standards and can be tailored to meet the needs of your class.

Don’t see a program that fits your needs? We will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind program that does. A variety of content areas can be integrated to create cross-curricular expeditions. Expeditions can be created to fit all grade levels.

Ask about programs for college students.

For Grades K-2:

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

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

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

Connects to Domain 11: Taking Care of the Earth.

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 Domain 8: Animals and Habitats.

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 Domain 6: Cycles in Nature.

For Grades 3-5:

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

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

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 Module 4: The Role of Freshwater Around the World.

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

Connects to Module 2A: Wide World of Frogs.

Brilliant Biomes: Explore biomes around the world, including rainforests, through the animals at the Zoo. Connects to Module 2A: Biodiversity in Rainforests.

How do I prepare?

You will be provided with pre-visit materials to prepare both teachers and students for the expedition. These pre-visit materials 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!

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.

How much does an Expedition cost?

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.

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