Education

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

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

Member: $10.95

Non-member: $13.95

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Ages 5-8

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

Ages 9-12

To read our class descriptions: elmwoodparkzoo.org/homeschool-workshops/

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

 

REGISTER HERE

TD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION FUNDS ZOO’S “CONNECTION CORNER”

Elmwood Park Zoo has received a generous grant from the TD Charitable Foundation that will directly support the creation and operation of its new Connection Corner. Connection Corner is a dedicated space in the zoo that will feature daily presentations highlighting individual members of the animal ambassador collection.

Before the creation of the Connection Corner, the animal ambassadors would typically only be seen outside of the zoo, taking part in Zoo-On-Wheels programs that visit schools and public events. The Connection Corner not only provides these animals with a new dedicated space to appear, but it also provides the zoo’s education staff with space to exercise the animals while interacting with guests.

TD Charitable Foundation’s $35,000 grant provides for the Connection Corner’s daily operation, as well as other educational programs that the zoo uses to support its mission of promoting wildlife and environmental conservation.    

The Connection Corner is open daily, weather permitting, and is located across from the zoo’s playground. Appearance times vary throughout the day; for more information, guests are encouraged to check the zoo’s website at elmwoodparkzoo.org, or download the Elmwood Park Zoo mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices.

About TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $222 million through nearly 21,000 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/

About Elmwood Park Zoo

Established in 1924, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown is home to dozens of wild and endangered species. As a nonprofit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, its mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation.

Zoo to host school students for “Elementary Education Takeover”

Elmwood Park Zoo is excited to unveil a brand new educational initiative to benefit local school students. Entitled “Elementary Education Takeovers,” the program invites area schools to visit the zoo, free of charge, for a whole day full of experiential learning activities.

The first Elementary Education Takeover is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, from 10 am to 2 pm. Every first grade student from the Norristown School District, estimated to be over 650 children, will be attending. The students will be treated to a number of special interpretive education stations and a zoo-wide scavenger hunt. 

“Our community is incredibly important to the Elmwood Park Zoo, especially the children. We wanted to create an opportunity that ensured every child in the Norristown school district is able to visit the Zoo at least once so that they can know the wonder of animals,” said Laura Houston, Elmwood Park Zoo’s Director of Education. “We hope that this is an introductory step that will allow students to know the Zoo is a welcoming and valuable resource right in their own backyard.”

The Elementary Education Takeover is made possible by a $12,235.50 grant from the Montgomery County Foundation Inc.’s 2018 Drew Lewis Donor Advised Fund, as well as a $12,000 grant from the Quest for the Best Foundation. Their generous contributions will finance the busing, admission, programs and animal feedings for every student. Elmwood Park Zoo is also providing lunch to every Takeover attendee, free of charge. 

“We are truly fortunate to partner with the Elmwood Park Zoo on this first of its kind ‘Education Takeover’ day,” said Christopher Dormer, Superintendent of Schools. “Their commitment to our students by providing this opportunity for experiential learning will truly benefit and enrich the life and learning of each and every first grade student participating.  We cannot thank them enough for their generosity to host such an event.  We look forward to expanding opportunities for EPZ and NASD to work together to strengthen and enrich the community.”

Elmwood Park Zoo Receives $20,000 Grant from SEI Cares Fund

Elmwood Park Zoo is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the SEI Cares Fund, a charitable donor-advised fund of SEI Investments Co. The grant will be used to continue the zoo’s “Touch Tours” program, which provides tactile and sensory-driven experiences for blind and auditory-impaired children.

“SEI Cares has sustained the ‘Touch Tours’ program for a number of years, and for that, I am extremely grateful,” said Jennifer Conti, Elmwood Park Zoo’s Development Director. “With their support, the zoo can offer more than just a visual experience. Now, students with diverse needs can experience the zoo in a manner that is native to their learning styles; they can feel the soft pelt of a chinchilla, smell the sweet grain of our barn feed, and hear the calls from the Connelly Foundation Birds of Paradise exhibit. It is truly a unique program, and one that we are proud to offer.”

The grant also provides for zoo staff to attend continuing-education classes with teachers from the Overbrook School for the Blind. These classes help the zoo to improve their programs and become a more inclusive facility.

Guests can learn more about Elmwood Park Zoo’s accessibility services and amenities by visiting elmwoodparkzoo.org/visit/accessibility-amenities.