Bring the zoo to your school, club, church, senior center, library or other public venue. Live animals and interesting artifacts help bring learning to life. Each program is tailored to the age of the audience or programs can be custom-designed to fit your curriculum. Contact the Education Department at 610.277.3825 x240 or education@elmwoodparkzoo.org to book your program. 

For the safety of our animals and guests we do not allow guests to touch our animals during programs. We can not always promise specific animals due to last second changes that may occur. Thank you for understanding.


Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade - 3 years and up

30 Minute Programs - $250.00

These programs engage young learners with interesting animal artifacts that they can touch and live animals that they can see up close. Minimum of 15 students

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

50 Minute Programs - $300.00

These programs are designed to aid teachers in meeting Pennsylvania Academic Standards for environmental and natural science in their curriculum. Minimum of 15 students

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

Special Needs Groups

50 Minute Programs - $300.00

Habitat Explorations

Let us engage your special needs students with this program specifically designed to encourage sensory and tactile learning for all ages and ability levels. Our program uses a multi-sensory approach to inspire students to appreciate animals of all shapes and sizes! 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.

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. 

Fairs and Special Events - $475 for 2 hour set up

30 Minute Programs - $725 with added program

The zoo provides a fun and educational addition to any fair or event. We will provide live animals and a display table with furs, feathers, shells and skulls for guests to touch and explore. You also have an option to include a 30 minute program featuring live animals. Please note: our animals cannot be near or mixed with non-zoo animals. We do not attend festivals where pets are welcome and our display table can not be placed near any loud music or noises. 

Educator Talk (no animals)- $150 for 50 Minute Program

Interested in just having an educator speak to your class without the animals?  We can schedule a program for your group and discuss either Zoo Careers or Zoo Exhibit Design for those students interested in a more detailed lesson. 


Contact the Education Department at 610-277-3825 x240 or education@elmwoodparkzoo.org to book your program.

A flat mileage will be charged:
0-10 miles is waived
10-25 miles: $15.00
26-50 miles: $25.00
51+ miles: $50.00
Maximum distance is 90 miles
If the gap between programs is over 30 minutes, there is a $25 charge. The gap can not exceed 45 minutes
  • All programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Please schedule early to ensure the availability of your preferred date.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon receipt of contract. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the day of your program. There are no refunds for cancelations.
  • Any programs held outside will have temperature restrictions for our animals.