School Field Trips & Group Programs

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

We can not always guarantee specific animals for programs due to last second changes that may occur. Thank you for understanding. FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ANIMALS AND GUESTS, WE DO NOT ALLOW GUESTS TO TOUCH OUR ANIMALS DURING PROGRAMS.

on-site programs

Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade; Ages 3+

These interactive programs engage young learners with interesting animal artifacts and live animals that they can see up close. 

PA STATE STANDARDS: 3.1, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.8, 4.9

NGSS / NJSLS-S: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS4-1

Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1, 1.1,.1.2, 1.3

Sorting Species

Students 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.

Sensational Animals

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

Animal Adaptations

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

Second Grade through Ninth Grade

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

PA STATE STANDARDS: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9

NGSS / NJSLS-S: 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 5-LS2-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS2-3

Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1, 2.2,.2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6-10.1 

Whose Habitat is That?

Students learn about different animal homes and all the components of a habitat

On the Brink

We explore the different threats facing many animals and why many are endangered, as well as what we can do to help

Animal Adaptations

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

Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade

For more information and pricing on 9-12th grade programs, please email the education department at

Special Needs Groups

Habitat Explorations

These programs are created to meet the needs of your particular group. Let us engage your special needs students with a program specifically designed to encourage sensory and tactile learning for all ages and ability levels. This fun-filled, multi-sensory program engages guests with live animal interactions and artifact exploration. This tactile program allows for learners to engage in exploring the natural world to better connect with animals.

Elmwood Park Zoo is proud to be a recognized by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Center. 


Any number of attendees over the total of 55 would need to purchase their own separate 20 minute program due to the limited capacity of the Zoo Bowl Theater.

20 Minute Programs – $100 (for up to 40 guests)

$50 for additional attendees (up to 15 guests)

Scheduling Information