Zoo Projects at Home
Animal and nature-based projects and resources for students to do at home.
Exploration Field Guides
Have you scheduled a field trip to the Seneca Park Zoo? Print out an Exploration Field Guide as fun and interactive resource 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.
These interactive learning experiences make a terrific addition to your Zoo Visit! Animal presentations allow guests of all ages to get up-close and personal with an ambassador animal.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Come to the Zoo or have us come to you. We can provide exciting resources 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 [email protected] or 585.336.7213.
Chaperone Tips & Resources
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:
Funding: Information & Ideas
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. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
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.