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SCHOOL & GROUP PROGRAMS

Elmwood Park Zoo offers a wide selection of educational programs. These programs are individually tailored for students and children as young as preschool age, but can be appreciated and enjoyed by all age groups.
 

ON-SITE PROGRAMS

Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade

20-minute programs

These interactive programs engage young learners with interesting animal artifacts that they can touch and live animals that they can see up close. Individual programs can accommodate up to 40 children.

Sensational Animals

Students will take an in-depth look at our five senses and explore the differences and similarities with how they're used in the animal kingdom.
 

Sorting Species

Students will explore the characteristics of different vertebrates such as birds, mammals, and reptiles and learn that animals can be classified into different groups based on their features.
 

Animal Adaptations

Webbed feet, wings, camouflage and quills—students will discover a number of different animal adaptations and learn how they help them to survive in an ever-changing world.
 
 

Grades 2 - 9

20-minute programs

Programs for grades 2 through 9 are designed to help teachers meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards in their curriculums for environmental and natural sciences.
 

Whose Habitat is That?

Students will learn about the four components of a habitat, and explore differences between a variety of animal homes.
 

On the Brink

Students will explore different threats, such as habitat loss, pollution and climate change, facing many animals both locally and abroad, and learn what they can do to help.
 

Animal Adaptations

Webbed feet, wings, camouflage and quills—students will discover a number of different animal adaptations and learn how they help them to survive in an ever-changing world.
 

Special Needs

30-minute programs

These programs are created to meet the precise needs of your particular group.
 

Habitat Explorations

Let us engage your special needs students with a program specifically designed to encourage sensory and tactile learning for all ages and ability levels. Our program, Habitat Explorations, uses a multi-sensory approach to inspire students to appreciate animals of all shapes and sizes! In this program, students will meet live animals up close and experience the smells and sounds of those animal’s habitats. This tactile program allows for learners to engage in exploring the natural world to better connect with animals.
 
 

SCHEDULING INFORMATION

  • All programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Please schedule early to ensure the availability of your preferred date.
  • A minimum of fifteen guests is required to schedule an education program. One free adult admission is included with every 15 paid children admissions. You may combine with another group in order to meet the minimum requirement.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon receipt of contract. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the day of your visit.
  • Programs are held rain or shine, with the exception of instances of extreme weather. Rescheduling is welcome; please contact the Education Department by 9:00 am on the day of your program.
 
For information on program pricing or to schedule your program, please contact the Education Department by calling 800.652.4143 exts. 235 or 236. You can also reach the department via email at education@elmwoodparkzoo.org.
 
 
 
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