Have you scheduled a field trip to the Seneca Park Zoo? Print out our Exploration Field Guide for your students to use during your visit!
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.
Come to the Zoo or have us come to you. We can provide exciting programs for your grade level or district-wide meetings. Learn how you can best utilize the Zoo’s amazing animals and other incredible resources to meet the needs of your students. Find out how Zoo programs meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards, and can be tailored to meet your students’ unique needs. Contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.336.7213
Chaperones are an integral part of a successful field trip. It is an important responsibility and can help make the group’s experience safe, fun and educational. The Zoo requires a minimum of one chaperone for every five students.
It is the responsibility of the chaperone to:
Prepare for the field trip by:
Ensure your students have a fun learning experience by:
Apply for a grant to cover your field trip
The Zoo has limited funding for underserved school districts to cover expedition costs, only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Get your students involved
Hold a school-wide fundraiser! Have students bring in loose change starting in September and get them excited watching the amount grow. You’ll be surprised how much you have by May.
You don’t know until you ask. Ask your school administration, ask your PTA, ask your room parents and volunteers. A contribution from any source will lower your per-student cost.
Contact a local restaurant and inquire about fundraiser nights. Many restaurants will choose a date with you and then share a percentage of their sales profits on a given night. Spread the word and encourage families to go that night.
Homework Hotline is a live statewide show designed for children in grades 4 through 12. The program – which is now in its 27th season – provides the tools students need to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and supports academic achievement across a variety of learning standards. The Zoo has partnered with this program for the past decade, presenting an animal ambassador and educating on conservation as well as spreading the word about the Zoo’s many events.
Homework Hotline airs Monday – Thursday from 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST on NYS public TV stations. Check local listings.