Wegmans ZooMobile

Wegmans ZooMobile

Wegmans ZooMobile program has been providing educational outreach services to area schools and other institutions since 1986.

The Wegmans ZooMobile provides fun and exciting educational programs year-round at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as daycare centers, preschools, nursing homes, adult day care facilities, libraries, colleges and many other organizations. The Wegmans ZooMobile also participates in numerous community service and festival-type events, such as the Harborfest and American Liver Foundation’s Kids N’ Trucks. Our mission is to instill an understanding and appreciation of the Earth’s biodiversity and to provide our community members with the education, skills and motivation to act on behalf of the environment.

The Wegmans ZooMobile visits schools, libraries, nursing homes, scout meetings, preschools, daycare (including licensed home daycare), and public events providing themed programs for all ages. We do not do programs for birthday parties in private homes. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in booking the ZooMobile. Dates requested must be at least three weeks in advance.

What kind of programs does the Wegmans ZooMobile provide?

The typical Wegmans ZooMobile program is a 30- to 60-minute presentation focusing on one of several themes targeted towards your group type. These programs focus on different animal groups, as well as animal behaviors and adaptations. However, we realize that needs differ and we can tailor a program to meet your specific needs. All programs include the use of live animals and biofacts to support the program messages. Animals vary per program themes.

Preschool

Animal Senses

Animals and people both have senses that help them survive. Preschoolers will get in touch with their senses as they explore how animals see, touch, smell, and hear the world around them.

Animal Opposites

Get to know some animals and meet their opposites. Preschoolers will compare animals and see how different traits help animals survive.

Animal Coverings

Animals have special coverings like fur and scales that help them survive. Preschoolers will explore different types of animal coverings through animals and biofacts in a fun, hands-on program.

Animal Movements

Get an up-close, personal look at how animals move. Preschoolers will hop, slither and crawl just like the animals that they meet.

Grades K-2

Our Local Habitats

You don’t have to look far to find amazing wildlife. Right in our own backyard, there is a complex ecosystem to explore. Through the Zoo’s One Cubic Foot initiative, Zoo staff will take your class on a journey through the Genesee Watershed to explore some of this area’s diverse wildlife. Watersheds, riparian habitats, lakes, and food webs will be discussed.

Cycles of Life

In this program, we will investigate the life cycles of several different types of animals.

Have to Have a Habitat

Discover what different animals need for survival in their habits.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Grades 3-5

Going, Going, Saved!

Discover the things that can cause animals to become endangered or even extinct; and learn what zoos and you can do to prevent it from happening. It’s not too late to save the world’s most precious animals if we all do our part.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Life in the Genesee

Discover the relationship between our local waterways and the animals that live there. Meet animals that represent local species and participate in hands-on local aquatic macroinvertebrate water sample sorting. Find out how you can take action with citizen science and help conserve our river.

*This program is also offered without macroinvertebrate sample sorting. Two more animals will be presented in place of sorting if you choose this option.

Grades 6-8

Going, Going, Saved!

Discover the things that can cause animals to become endangered or even extinct; and learn what zoos and you can do to prevent it from happening. It’s not too late to save the world’s most precious animals if we all do our part.

Zoo Careers

Explore the variety of careers available in the zoo world.

The Training Game

Discover how and why we train the animals at Seneca Park Zoo.

Life in the Genesee

Discover the relationship between our local waterways and the animals that live there. Meet animals that represent local species and participate in hands-on local aquatic macroinvertebrate water sample sorting. Find out how you can take action with citizen science and help conserve our river.

*This program is also offered without macroinvertebrate sample sorting. Two more animals will be presented in place of sorting if you choose this option.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Grades 9-12

Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Seneca Park Zoo, the Zoo Society, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about forest saving projects in Borneo and Madagascar, sturgeon and otter reintroductions in our own backyard, and penguin-saving science.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Zoo Careers

Explore the variety of careers available in the zoo world.

Life in the Genesee

Discover the relationship between our local waterways and the animals that live there. Meet animals that represent local species and participate in hands-on local aquatic macroinvertebrate water sample sorting. Find out how you can take action with citizen science and help conserve our river.

*This program is also offered without macroinvertebrate sample sorting. Two more animals will be presented in place of sorting if you choose this option.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Adults & Mixed Age Groups

Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Seneca Park Zoo, the Zoo Society, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about forest saving projects in Borneo and Madagascar, sturgeon and otter reintroductions in our own backyard, and penguin-saving science.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Life in the Genesee

Discover the relationship between our local waterways and the animals that live there. Meet animals that represent local species and participate in hands-on local aquatic macroinvertebrate water sample sorting. Find out how you can take action with citizen science and help conserve our river.

*This program is also offered without macroinvertebrate sample sorting. Two more animals will be presented in place of sorting if you choose this option.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Festivals

Invite the Wegmans ZooMobile to your next festival! You provide the table; we provide the fun, including live animals, animal-related artifacts, and information about Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo and its programs. Programming is priced by the hour and discounts are available for non-profit groups. Festival style presentations can be themed and each program includes three or four live animals. In large group situations, touching of the animals is prohibited for their comfort and safety, but most animal-related artifacts are touchable.

Pick one of the following themes:

Life in the Genesee

Discover the relationship between our local waterways and the animals that live there. Meet animals that represent local species and participate in hands-on local aquatic macroinvertebrate water sample sorting. Find out how you can take action with citizen science and help conserve our river.

*This program is also offered without macroinvertebrate sample sorting. Two more animals will be presented in place of sorting if you choose this option.

Amazing Adaptations

Big or small, predator or prey, all animals have special adaptations to help themselves and their species survive. In this program, learn about what animals need to do to survive in their natural ranges and how their adaptations help them along the way.

Prices

Preschool-age programs (up to 20 kids): $85 per program
School-age-and-up programs (up to 30 kids): $100 per program
Adults, seniors and special needs programs: $100 per program
Large group assemblies (over 30 participants): $165
Festival-style programs: $150 per hour (2 hours maximum)

Additional travel and other charges may apply. Discounts for multiple programs are available.

Please note: Dates requested must be at least three weeks in advance.