School Programs

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Class Visits


Learning is an adventure when you enroll in one of Prospect Park Zoo’s education programs. We offer a wide range of programs to enhance science curricula and educate and inspire diverse communities so they come to appreciate the wonders of wildlife and wild places.


Programs for Pre-K–3rd Grade

PPZ Education
Discovery Center visit
Explore the wonders of the natural world in the hands-on, interactive Discovery Center. Students can visit stations that include camping, pretend to be a zoo vet, animal dress-up, the scoop on poop and more! All visits include a live animal encounter and a private visit to the Discovery Center.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225


Programs for Pre-K & Kindergarten

PPZ Education
In Living Color -
How does an animal’s color help it to survive? In this program, children will engage in dramatic play, and meet some animals that have warning, attracting, and camouflage colors.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225


PPZ Education
Munch, Munch... What's for Lunch?
Some animals eat meat; some animals eat plants; and some animals eat both! In this program, which develops counting and sorting skills, young learners will learn terms such as carnivore and herbivore while observing an educator give three zoo animals their morning snack.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225

Programs for Kindergarten–2nd Grade

Red Panda
Magnificent Mammals
Prospect Park Zoo is home to mammals such as meerkats, baboons, sea lions, and more. Students will discover the characteristics of mammals and how their adaptations help them to survive in a variety of habitats.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225

PPZ Education
Reptiles and Amphibians
Where do poison dart frogs get their poison? Why does a skink have a blue tongue? As amateur herpetologists, you’ll study some of the zoo’s reptiles and amphibians and answer these questions and more!
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225

Hissing Cockroach
Incredible Insects
Students will learn about the anatomy and life cycle of insects through hands-on exploration and dramatic play and get a glimpse into the many important roles that insects play on our planet. Students will also will also get up-close with insects in the zoo classroom and meet an animal that eats insects in the wild!
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225



Programs for 3rd–5th Grade

Kinkajou Education Program
Rainforests
In this class students will see, smell, touch and make the sounds of the Rainforest! They with role-play the components of a healthy rainforest ecosystem and examine some of the zoo's unique rainforest exhibits.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225

Great Horned Owl
All About Owls
This program uses the study of owls to enhance children’s inquiry, classification, and observation skills. Students will learn how to use bird field guides to identify owl species as well as dissect owl pellets, which students will use to determine the diet of the owls being studied.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225

PPZ Education
Animal Adaptations
In this hands-on program, children will investigate animal adaptations. They will work in groups to observe and make conclusions about animal skulls and coverings and determine how an animal’s adaptations help it to survive in the wild.
Time: 1 hour
Fee: $225



Programs for 6th–8th Grade

Hamadryas Baboon
Animal Behavior and Enrichment
Zoos provide their animals with behavioral enrichment such as new smells, toys, and foods to enhance the animal's physical and mental well-being. Using an ethogram, students will observe animals before and after they receive enrichment. They will then determine whether the enrichment provided elicited a change in the animal’s behavior.
Time: 75 min
Fee: $250

Golden Lion Tamarin
Endangered Species
Prospect Park Zoo is home to many endangered species: red pandas, golden lion tamarins, Rodrigues Fruit Bats and more. Students will work in groups to learn about different threats that endangered species face and discuss what scientists and others are doing to help them survive. We will also meet an endangered animal in the classroom and visit animals on exhibit.
Time: 75 min
Fee: $250


School Reservations and Information

Due to their great popularity, Education Department programs are scheduled well in advance. We recommend that you contact the Education Department three to four months ahead of time to schedule a program. In some cases, space may be available on shorter notice.

Program Registration

1. To make a reservation, please call the Education Department at 718.399.7327, Monday through Friday, between 9:00am and 4:30pm. Reservations for school programs are handled by phone only. However, feel free to send inquiries about program information and date availability via email to ppzeducation@wcs.org

2. Maximum program class size is 29 students. Schools are not allowed to combine classes to reach a class size of 29 students. One adult for every ten students is required, with a maximum of five adults.

3. We welcome students with special needs. Please be sure to mention special needs or disabilities when registering so that we can place your class in a wheelchair-accessible classroom. We require one adult for every two students in special education classes (maximum class size of 12 students).

4. Once your information has been processed, a confirmation letter with program information, including session dates, times and classroom locations will be emailed to you. This letter is valid for free general admission for your class and must be shown at the entrance gate to the Zoo on the date(s) of the scheduled session(s).

Payment Policy
Fee-based programs must be pre-paid by the school or district (purchase orders accepted). Under no circumstances will classes be offered without full payment or purchase order.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be received by the Prospect Park Zoo Education Department in writing, by mail, email (ppzeducation@wcs.org) or fax (718.399.7329). Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than four weeks prior to the scheduled date of program. Please note that any request to reschedule your class is equivalent to a cancellation.

Late Arrivals
Due to a very full schedule, programs will not be extended for late-arriving groups beyond the scheduled end time. Staff will make every attempt to cover as much material as possible in the time available. Please obtain information on how to locate the Zoo in advance of your trip by visiting the Directions page on our website.

Weather Conditions
All programs are held as scheduled (regardless of weather) unless field trips are cancelled by the Chancellor's office. Please encourage your class to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

Prospect Park Zoo Admission Policy for Visits Only
All schools not participating in an Education Department program must contact the Prospect Park Zoo Group Services Office at 718.399.7339 for information about the current admission prices and policies.

Class Visits