Whether you’re a preschooler just starting your exploration of the natural world or a senior looking for deep new adventures, the Zoo’s very broad range of hands-on and minds-on programs provide engaging and educational experiences – some with live animals!
All programs are designed to help you develop the motivation and skills to act as stewards of the environment and become aware of conservation issues through explorations of animal behaviors, biological systems, species diversity and inter-connectedness. Animals are handled by trained staff to be comfortable around children and programs for school students reflect Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards.
And just like migrating animals, Zoo education programs move. We can bring programs to your classroom, festival, community center, or any other place that people gather to have fun learning about animals, the environment and our connections to them.
Book a field trip at the Zoo and enhance your visit by adding an expedition or animal presentation.
When school is out, there’s no better time for a fun day or week of learning at the Zoo.
Be a part of our outreach programs to advance the Zoo’s mission throughout the community.
Bring your scout troop to the Zoo to learn about the animals they love, earn a badge or complete a fun project.
Bring your little ones to the Zoo for a cuddly story and special animal visitor every Wednesday October through March (with some exceptions during holidays and school breaks), free with Zoo admission.
Fun, interactive classes include nature-play learning activities that are inspired by our animals and the environments they live in.
The Zoo is dedicated to working with teachers and students to enhance their educational experience.
The Zoo has programs year-round that help teens connect with wildlife and wild places. Check out the programs below to learn more.