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EDUCATION
TRAVELING ZOO PROGRAMS
All of the Education Classes are available as a Traveling Zoo,
where we bring the zoo to your school or group.

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  • All Traveling Zoo programs are available from September through June.
  • Traveling Zoo education classes are 50 minutes long and include a lesson and animal presentations.
  • Our education classes are aligned with city and state education standards making it the perfect class for true learning and fun!
  • Our zoo instructors are experienced educators that generate excitement and create a positive learning environment.
  • Our education department will gladly customize a program to help you reach your learning goals.
A minimum of three classes must be booked at the location for a traveling zoo to occur.

Traveling Zoo Pricing:
Education class (30 students and 5 adults).................$220.
Pre-K class (20 students and 5 adults).......................$220.
Title 1 school (30 students and 5 adults)....................$200.
Special Ed (20 students and 5 adults)........................$200.

An additional $25.00 travel fee will be assessed for each trip outside of Staten Island.



EDUCATION CLASS TOPICS

PRE-K - 2nd Grade

Senses
Whiskers, antenna, floppy ears and tasting the air are some of the ways that animals learn about the world around them. Explore the five senses like never before as we meet animals with some unique ways to taste, touch, hear and see.

Animals and Folklore
From mythology to fairy tales, animals have always been a part of our storytelling culture. We will present both stories and animals that demonstrate the importance of teaching lessons, explaining natural phenomenon and describing historic events.

It’s Alive
In this class, we will explore four characteristics of all living things: eating, breathing, growing and reproducing. Meet our animals up close and learn how growing and changing is different for every animal; especially frogs and butterflies!

Web of Life
Follow the flow of energy from the sun through all parts of an ecosystem. We will introduce and meet producers, consumers and decomposers. This class is a general introduction to the language of ecology and the way ecosystems functions.


3rd - 5th Grade
Radical Rainforest
Investigate tropical rainforests layer by layer and discover what makes this habitat such an important part of global health. The incredible biodiversity and animal adaptations found in a rainforest are an important part of this class. Meet animal species that call a rainforest home.

African Safari
From lush rainforests to the driest deserts and savannahs in between, this amazing continent offers a variety of ecosystems and animals. Meet our African zoo animals and learn the unique ways they survive and thrive on the African continent.

Spiders Alive
Explore the exciting diversity of the Arachnid family. Learn about these incredible invertebrates and how they enrich our daily lives. Meet spiders from the zoo’s collection as we focus on spiders as both predator and prey.

Dinosaurs; Predator/Prey
Take a step back in time and explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. We will look at the unique adaptations that dinosaurs had to both catch prey and to not be eaten themselves! During this class, students will meet dinosaur relatives from our animal collection and look at interesting fossils.


6th - 8th Grade

Adaptations
Adaptations are developed over time and help animals survive and reproduce. This class will focus on the amazing adaptations that animals employ when eating, defending themselves, moving from place to place and more. We will present zoo animals that have unique physical and behavioral adaptations.

Predator vs. Prey
The predator/prey relationship is one of the most important in the natural world. It drives natural selection and is what all animals depend upon to live. Join the zoo as we look at the adaptations and strategies that animals have to survive in their habitat. Your class will meet animals from the zoo's collection that demonstrate predator and prey characteristics.

Reptiles Roundup
An in-depth look at what makes a reptile a reptile, the important role they play in ecosystems and the adaptations that have allowed them to succeed for over 300 million years.
We will meet several species of reptile and discuss the features that all reptiles have in common.