Homeschool Workshops

Join Elmwood Park Zoo for a program full of STEM-based learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students. Our Homeschool Workshop series encourages students to investigate science and the natural world through an engaging and interactive two-hour program. All workshops are designed to be collaborative and grade-appropriate and include immersive hands-on activities. Students will also have the chance to participate in lessons that include both classroom work and exploring the zoo. 

REGISTRATION

$13.95 for non-members

$10.95 for members

  • Space is limited in the programs. Only registered students can participate in the workshop.
  • Advanced registration is required for all workshops.
  • Workshops are designed to meet the needs of the specified age group. To make your student’s program a positive experience, we must adhere strictly to these groupings. 
  • Workshops will take place rain or shine, please dress accordingly.
  • 1 parent per registered student, and siblings 2 years old and under, will be admitted into the zoo for free while students are in the workshop. Any additional parents and siblings may purchase admission at a discounted rate of $10.95 which MUST be purchased at the time of registration. If not purchased at the time of registration, a full-price ticket must be purchased at the main gate.

SIBLINGS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT IF BOOKED DURING THE SAME MONTH
10% DISCOUNT WHEN BOOKING 4 OR MORE WORKSHOPS IN A CALENDAR YEAR

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

AGE 5-8

OCTOBER 17 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Extraordinary Animals: Adaptions

NOVEMBER 21 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Around the World: Habitats

DECEMBER 19 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Animal Nutrition

JANUARY 16 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Remarkable Reptiles

FEBRUARY 20 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

What’s Bugging You?: Intro to Invertebrates

MARCH 19 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Animal Play Time: What is Enrichment?

APRIL 16 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Backyard Conservation

AGE 9-12

OCTOBER 18 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Surviving the Wild: Animal Adaptions

NOVEMBER 22 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Rainforest Conservation

DECEMBER 20 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Animal Nutrition 2.0

JANUARY 17 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Zoo Engineering: Exhibit Design

FEBRUARY 21 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

On the Brink: Endangered Species

MARCH 20 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Introduction to Positive Reinforcement

APRIL 17 | 10:00am- 12:00pm

Stream Ecology

workshop descriptions

AGE 5-8

Extraordinary Animals: Adaptions

Animals of all shapes and sizes have unique features, or adaptations, that help them survive the perils of nature. Explore some of the most amazing adaptations for survival through up-close animal presentations and dramatic play. This workshop will include games and an activity to create your very own animal adaptation!

Around the World: Habitats

Would you survive the Arctic Tundra? Could you make it through a dry desert? Students will deep-dive into four different habitats. Through S.T.E.M focused projects, students will learn how animals live in these very diverse homes and meet animals who are well-adapted to surviving harsh and variable conditions. This workshop will include hands-on activities, and up-close animal presentations.

Animal Nutrition

What does a skunk eat? How do you feed a tarantula? Nutrition is just as important for animals as it is for people! Come explore the different foods that our animals eat here at the zoo and how we keep our animals healthy. Students will engage in learning about animal diets and will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience making a diet and feeding it to an animal. This workshop features a live-animal presentation and engaging activities.

Remarkable Reptiles

Claws, scales, and tails, oh my! Dig deep into what it means to be a reptile and meet three reptiles up close and personal. Discover what makes reptiles so unique and how they survive in the wild. Discover the similarities and differences between amphibians and reptiles and learn about ways we can all help out our reptile friends!

What’s Bugging You?: Intro to Invertebrates

Discover the wide world of invertebrates in this workshop dedicated to better understanding some of our smallest backyard neighbors. Students will be able to differentiate insects and arachnids and will make first-hand observations of the zoo’s invertebrates. This workshop will include up-close encounters with an invertebrate, as well as some animals that might like to eat some invertebrates as a snack!

Animal Play Time: What is Enrichment?

Come play with some of our Education Ambassador Animals! Every day, our animal care staff takes meticulous care of our animals at the zoo, providing them with food, water, and enrichment. What is enrichment and why is it so important? Come find out as we will create enrichment for our animals and see how they interact with your creation! This workshop will feature live-animal presentations, hands-on activities, and scientific observation.

Backyard Conservation

Who lives here? What is an invasive species? What does a spotted lantern fly look like? All these questions and more will be answered in our Backyard Conservation workshop. Explore the wildlife living in our area and meet some native species up close. This workshop will feature scientific observation, up-close animal presentations, and easy ways to help the wildlife in our own backyards!

AGE 9-12

Surviving the Wild: Animal Adaptions

Quills, spines, teeth and claws! Who survives the best with the tools they have? Explore some of nature’s best adapted animals and meet a few up close! Get hands-on in discovering what kinds of adaptations are best for surviving the great outdoors.

Rainforest Conservation

The rainforest is in trouble! Learn about the ways in which rainforest animals are being impacted by humans and what we can do to help. Meet a few rainforest animals up close and deep dive into how they survive the ever changing rainforest.

Animal Nutrition 2.0

How does the zoo decide what an animal gets to eat? What is food enrichment? What do we feed our alligator? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in this hands-on workshop that features engaging activities, animal presentations, and the opportunity to construct an animal diet!

Zoo Engineering: Exhibit Design

Ever wondered what goes into creating an exhibit for an animal at the zoo? Come put your creative design skills to work! Students will learn, plan, and create a mini model of a zoo animal exhibit. Learn about some of the exhibits at the zoo and what makes them so unique. 

On the Brink: Endangered Species

What is the difference between a threatened and endangered species? How can we help animals around the world who are on the brink of extinction? Learn easy ways that you can help animals that are in danger of becoming extinct and learn more about some of the animal groups being affected the most by changes in the environment. 

Introduction to Positive Reinforcement

Everyday at the zoo, animals are kept active and healthy through daily training sessions. Our animal training is based on a concept called positive reinforcement and is used with all different kinds of animals. Come learn about training and experience an animal training session in person! This workshop will include interactive activities and games.

Stream Ecology

You probably won’t find the Loch Ness Monster swimming in our Pennsylvania streams, but you will find many different kinds of organisms and macro-invertebrates! Want to learn more about macro-invertebrates and how they play a unique role in stream ecology? Join us for this immersive workshop that will include a trip to our local stream and some microscope discovery.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

  • Cancellations received in writing via email to education@elmwoodparkzoo.org two weeks or more prior to the workshop will receive a full refund
  • Cancellations received in writing via email to education@elmwoodparkzoo.org less than two weeks prior to the workshop will result in in a loss of 50% of the total cost of the program, or a credit to a future program
  • No refunds will be issued for a “no show”, which is defined as no contact prior to the workshop