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.


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.

Animal Adaptations

Webbed feet, wings, camouflage, and quills are all unique features. Learn how animals utilize them to live and thrive.

Animal Alphabet

Learn the ABC’s with the help of the Zoo animals!

Critter Coats

Discover all the unique covers animals wear and the different ways that they help them to survive.

Sensational Animals

Take an in-depth look at the five senses and explore the differences and similarities with how they are used in the animal kingdom.

Grades 2 - 9

45-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.

Animal Adaptations

Students learn about a number of different animal features and discover how these unique traits help the animals survive in an ever-changing environment.

Suitcase For Survival

Using confiscated products from wild animals, students will learn more about the threats many animals face, why many animals are endangered, and what we can do to help.

Who Lives Here?

Students learn about the differences between animal homes and all the components that come together to make up a habitat.

Design Your Own Program

Educators, custom create a program that ties directly into your curriculum and meets the needs of any class. Please contact the Education Department for further details.

Special Needs

45-minute programs

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

Laugh & Learn

This fun-filled, multi-sensory program engages guests with live animal interactions and artifact exploration. An emphasis is placed on tactile encounters that aim to create positive experiences for each guest.


  • 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. Your remaining balance is due on the day of your visit. Zoo membership discounts and rates do not apply to program fees.
  • 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
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