Education

A family, school or other group visit to a zoo begins with the thought that it will be an exciting and enjoyable recreational outing, but it ends as having been an educational experience as well. Just the close visual contact with the zoo’s wide variety of animals is an informal enriching educational encounter. Interpretive signage adds to the education experience in a more formal way for the visitors that want to learn about an animal’s natural history. You can also learn about the animals by using the Story Book Boxes. The use of the boxes is especially good for young children since they provide animal facts in both narrative and song format. Families gather around the boxes listening and learning together. Animal Keepers when available will answer questions and give scheduled talks about the animals they care for. Docent volunteers are zoo educators that can be found throughout the zoo. They are always ready to answer animal questions and help visitors find their way.
When they are scheduled visitors can attend education programs at the Amphitheater or Education Center classroom. Live mammals, birds, and reptiles are used to reinforce basic animal concepts and introduce and reinforce conservation messages.
A large part of the zoo’s mission is to foster wildlife conservation education. It is hoped that zoo visitors will be inspired to understand, appreciate, and protect the fragile interdependence of all living things.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Join us February 10th at 6pm for a 45minute workshop to learn all about the 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can participate. The workshop will be held in the Education Center classrooms. Then join us at the Zoo on Sunday, February 14th 7:15am as we conduct our own Great Backyard Bird Count with animal keeper, Erica. Birders should meet at the Lion statue to the right of the Main Zoo Entrance. Both events are free to the public. No advanced registration is required.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes one or more days between February 12 and 15. Record your observations at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in GBBC, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

 


 

Keep an eye-out for these local species:

 

Northern Cardinal, songbird Cardinalis cardinalis

  • Northern cardinals are one of the few songbird species in which the females also sing. Mated pairs often duet and call back and forth.
  • Habitat: shrubby forest edges, parks, yards
  • The bright red plumage of the male cardinal is maintained by red, yellow, and orange pigments in the seeds they eat.
  • The Northern cardinal’s short, stout, cone-shape beak is perfectly adapted for cracking thick seed shells
  • Male cardinals are very territorial and will attack their reflection in glass. Many songbirds will also fly straight into glass; which will often prove to be fatal. To prevent window strikes by cardinals and many other bird species, check out these tips provided by BirdWatchingDaily.comhttp://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/featured-stories/15-products-that-prevent-windows-strikes/
  • To learn more about Northern Cardinals and other songbird-s please visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/

 

Hooded Merganser, Duck Lophodytes cucullatus 

  • Hooded mergansers exhibit sexual dimorphism in plumage. Males have a black and white crest and chestnut flanks while females are a dull brown with a cinnamon crest. Females need to blend in better with their environment when incubating eggs and raising young.
  • Habitat: Freshwater ponds, rivers, marshes, and protected saltwater bays
  • Hooded mergansers are diving ducks and will dive to capture fish and invertebrates. They locate their prey by sight.
  • Their legs are located far back on their body, which helps them to dive and swim with ease. This leg placement also makes them quite awkward on land.
  • Hooded mergansers nest in tree cavities and will nest in man-made nest boxes. To learn about making nest boxes for mergansers and many other bird species, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Nest Watch website at http://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/
  • To learn more about Hooded Mergansers and other birds visit National Audubon’s website at http://www.audubon.org/

 

Cooper’s Hawk, Raptor Accipiter cooperii 

  • Their short, broad wings and long tail allow these hawks to maneuver through dense forest and capture smaller birds with ease.
  • Habitat: Wooded areas from backyards to dense forest
  • Like most hawk species, the males are significantly smaller than the females. Females tend to specialize in hunting larger prey than the males.
  • Cooper’s Hawks can easily be confused with the equally common Sharp-shinned Hawk. Cooper’s Hawks are larger and their tails are more rounded.
  • A backyard that provides food, water, and shelter for wildlife benefits all bird species that may visit. To see how you can provide beneficial habitat to birds, visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat page at http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx
  • To learn more about birds visit the American Bird Conservancy’s website at http://abcbirds.org/

 

Northern Bobwhite, Bird in Decline Colinus virginianus 

  • Northern bobwhites are a small quail species, and are highly social. They live in groups called coveys which may consist of 3 to 20 birds.
  • Habitat: Fields, grasslands, and open pine forest
  • In good conditions, bobwhites are prolific breeders. They can produce 2 to 3 broods in a year, totaling up to 25 offspring.
  • Since the 60’s, Northern bobwhite numbers have dropped by 82%. Loss of habitat due to urbanization, changing agricultural practices, and use of pesticides have contributed to declines in bobwhite populations.
  • To learn more about what New Jersey Audubon is doing to study and protect the Northern Bobwhite in New Jersey, please Click Here.

 

You can help New Jersey Audubon Scientists study birds in decline in our state by becoming a Citizen Scientist. To learn more, please visit their Citizen Science website by Clicking Here.

Reciprocal Zoos

Click Reciprocal Zoo List to download a list of Reciprocal Zoos that offer either free or discounted admission to members of the Zoological Society of NJ.

Please note that each zoo sets its own discount level for members belonging to zoos with which it shares reciprocity, so you may want to phone in advance the zoo you are considering visiting, in order to inquire as to the discount offered.

Zoo Camps

Join us at Turtle Back Zoo for some wild fun!  We offer week long summer camps for children entering Kindergarten and grades 1-8.  Look also for our fall, winter and spring break camp sessions. Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science.  Children will enjoy age-appropriate themed camps that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts. 

The mission of Turtle Back Zoo camp is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world through fun and educational activities.

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See the Seas Mini-Camp, Parts I and II

Start 2017 off with zoo fun!

Sign up for See the Seas mini-camps at Turtle Back Zoo.  We will be exploring life in and around the ocean over the course of two mini-camp days.  You’ll discover critters and cultures, investigate scientific questions, and spend time with some of our ambassador animals.  Register for just one, or both days.  We will be going outside, so dress for the weather.

Part I:  Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9am to 4pm

Part II:  Monday, February 20, 2017 from 9am to 4pm (registration opens in January)

**REGISTER NOW**

Camps are for ages 5-10 and require advanced registration and payment. Camp is $80 per day, per child (plus additional fees). Registration is available online only. Space is limited.

 

 

**REGISTRATION INFORMATION**

We have a new system to register for zoo camps. All registration and forms can now be filled out online!

The first step is creating an account with the website HERE

Have more than one child? All the information is kept under one account. Just add a new participant and enter in the information.

We know you might have questions with this new system, so feel free to reach out to us at #973-731-5800 (ex 103, 230, 275, or 236) or use some of the resources below to help answer some of your questions on the new system.

CampDoc has an extensive support page that you can access by clicking the Lifesaver Icon located in the top right corner. Here you will find many helpful documents that can help you use CampDoc to its full potential!

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Here is a direct link to the support documents: http://campdoc.docnetwork.org/support/section/patient/.
If at any time you have questions that may not be in our support pages, you can contact our Help Desk at 734.636.1000 or you can email them at help@campdoc.com.

 

Please Note:

*New Jersey is considered a “no touch” animal state. Campers will get to see a variety of animals up close, but contact is limited to only domesticated animals.

 

Early Childhood Programs

Roo&JoeyNew Fall/ Winter program listings!

These programs encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness. We invite young children to discover the natural world through play, art, stories, and more.  We currently offer early childhood programming monthly, throughout the school year.  For additional program information, please contact Marguerite Hunt by email at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org or at 973-731-5800 x103.

Registration for the Early Childhood programs is online through Eventbrite. Check out our current Eventbrite listings HERE.

Have older children? Check out our Zoo Camps page

 


Winter 2016 – 17

 

Winter Early Childhood Programs

Looking for fun and interactive programs that encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness?  Turtle Back Zoo Early Childhood Programs return this fall with several programs for pre-school age children and their care-givers. Zoo admission not included with program registration.

 

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Turtle Back Hatchlings Program

Age group: 6 – 24 months old with a caregiver

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Where: The Education Center at Turtle Back Zoo

Description: Learn how to meet and greet some of our small, friendly animals up close in the classroom and learn how to touch animals gently. Your child will also enjoy sensory interactions with feathers, turtle shells, puppets, and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult who is prepared to take part in the activities. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend.

NEW THIS YEAR: Each session features classes with a slightly different theme, so you can attend one or all five! Please note, each class offered within the same session are the same content.

 

Registration: $20 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Program Dates:

Session 4:  Sunday, December 4 or Monday, December 5

Session 5: Sunday, January 8 or Monday, January 9 *SOLD OUT*

Session 6: Sunday, February 5 or Monday, February 6 *SOLD OUT*

 

Turtle Back Zoo Tots Program

Age group: 2 & 3 years old with a caregiver

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: The Education Center at Turtle Back Zoo

Description: This program is designed for toddlers and adults to discover the natural world together. We will use the alphabet to explore different animals in our zoo. Each day you will discover a different animal type such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Stories, projects, and special animal visitors in the classroom enhance your class experience.  All children must be accompanied by an adult who is willing to take part in the activities. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend.

NEW THIS YEAR: Each session features classes with a slightly different theme, so you can attend one or all five! Please note, each class offered within the same session are the same content.

 

Registration: $20 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required.

 

Program Dates:

Session 4:  Sunday, December 4 or Monday, December 5

Session 5:  Sunday, January 8 or Monday, January 9

Session 6: Sunday, February 5 or Monday, February 6

** REGISTER HERE **

 

Zoo Explorers Program

Age group: 4 & 5 year olds (without caregiver)

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Where: The Education Center at Turtle Back Zoo

Description: Join us as we use movement, stories, games, and crafts for these interactive, science-based lessons to learn about the wonderful and fascinating world of animals.  Supervised outings to specific areas of the Zoo that support the lesson are included as weather permits. This is a drop off program.

NEW THIS YEAR: Each session features classes with a slightly different theme, so you can attend one or all five! Please note, each class offered within the same session are the same content.

 

Registration: $25 per child per class. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Program Dates:

 

Session 4: Sunday, December 11 or Monday, December 12

Session 5: Sunday, January 15 or Monday, January 16

Session 6: Sunday, February 12 or Monday, February 13

** REGISTER HERE **

 

Docents/Volunteers

docent_pic_2Turtle Back Zoo Docent Volunteers

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has a wonderful Docent program.  Docents are specially trained volunteers who give educational talks, act as guides and are stationed throughout the Zoo to provide information to visitors about the Zoo and its animal collection.  Being a TBZ docent is an enriching, rewarding and social experience. These are highly selective and prestigious positions.  Training is offered once a year.  The next training is in February/March 2017.

Being a docent requires you to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete an interview to be held on Sunday, January 22.
  • complete a specialized 7-day training course, with instruction provided by experienced TBZ staff. The dates are February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, from noon – 5:00pm.
  • pay a one-time fee of $25 to cover training materials
  • commit to volunteer a designated number of hours/events. Hours are gained from attending a set day (i.e.; 1st and 3rd or 2nd and 4th Saturdays) each month                                                    throughout the year. Docents are also expected to staff special events, such as Safe Howl-o-ween, as they occur throughout the year.
  • wear the docent uniform when working with the public (blue docent shirt & khaki pants or blue jeans and appropriate footwear)
  • be a good representative and guide/educator to the visiting public

Applicants must submit an application, with payment, by January 15, 2017.  The application can be accessed here:  2017 Docent Application.

Please contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at tbzdocents@yahoo.com or call  (973) 731-5800, ext. 306, for more information.

 

Summer VolunTEEN Program

Our summer VolunTEEN program is open to teens from 14-17 years of age.  This program has very limited space with the ability to accommodate a maximum of 14 teens each year. Because of the limited space, this program is in high demand and will fill up quickly. The application for the program is accessible below.   The deadline to apply for the 2017 program is April 1, 2017.

To be a VolunTEEN:  You must be at least 14 years old (or entering 9th grade in the fall of 2017) to 17 years old, and willing to dedicate to working a full week at a time, Monday through Friday.  You may choose to work as many weeks as you like, but a minimum of 2 weeks is required. You are required to work full day shifts 8:30am to 4:30pm (8 hours). Our summer camp sessions run from late June through late August each year.  VolunTEENS work with our summer Zoo Camps ONLY.  Teens will not be working with keepers or animals.

Teens will be assisting Education staff with the Zoo’s Summer Camp program. They will help prepare for the daily camp sessions, assist children with crafts and activities, and help keep children together and safe while on Zoo grounds. Working as a VolunTEEN is a great way to learn about animals in all areas of the zoo and a way to share your love and enthusiasm of wildlife with younger peers. Not only is it a fun way to spend part of the summer, it will also help you get those much needed volunteer hours for upcoming college applications.

We do not have enough opportunities at this time to accommodate all those who want to volunteer at the Zoo, so please do not be discouraged if you are not initially selected for the VolunTeen Program. We keep a waiting list, and sometimes those on the waiting list are brought into the program later because others are unable to fulfill their commitment.

Applicants that meet all the requirements will be interviewed and, if accepted, will be given their volunteer assignments by June 2017.  ALL teens who are applying for the VolunTeen Program must submit all paperwork at the same time and by the application deadline to be considered eligible.

 

Please submit all of the following in ONE envelope, by April 1, 2017:

* The 2017 VolunTEEN application, accessed here:  2017 Turtle Back Zoo VolunTeen Program Application

*Two (2) Short Essay Questions: Why do Zoos matter? — AND — Why do you want to be a Zoo Camp Aide?

*Two (2) letters of recommendation from adults who know you well, such as a teacher or scout leader (not friends or family). Your recommendations should address the following: dependability, leadership abilities, ability to work with others, willingness to learn, and self motivation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at tbzdocents@yahoo.com.

 

Education Center Programs

 PROGRAM OPTIONS

 

Programs for Elementary through Middle School

Description:  These programs encourage critical thinking about and meaningful connections to the biology, ecology, and evolution of animals by using guided inquiry, animal ambassadors, and appropriate biofacts to illustrate key scientific concepts and themes.  Each of the courses can be adapted across age groups by our educators; please contact us for more information if you’re interested in one of these programs for your students.  Programs are 30-45 minutes long and do not include zoo admission unless purchased separately.  Please see individual program descriptions for details.  Available for Outreach Programs.

Program fees:  $100 per class for up to 35 people (children and adults total).  The $100 fee is ONLY for the education program, additional costs apply for zoo admission. Please call guest relations at 973-731-5800 x221 for group pricing information.  For additional program information, please contact Marguerite Hunt at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org or 973-731-5800 x103.

 

  • Animal Coverings

Description:  Animals are covered in skin, fur, shells, scales, and feathers.  Meet some of our animal ambassadors to discover how different coverings help the animals survive and thrive in their native habitats.

 

  • Animal Adaptations

Description:  Animal species have evolved some fascinating methods that aid survival in the wild.  Explore some of these amazing adaptations when you meet a few of our animal ambassadors.

 

  • Animal Habitats

Description:  Every wild habitat supplies its inhabitants with what they need to live, but also presents challenges that must be addressed.  Meet a few of our animal ambassadors and discover how their habitats provide basic needs, but also how environmental challenges are managed.

 

  • Animal Enrichment

Description:  There’s a lot more to keeping our animals happy and healthy besides feeding them!  Learn about the importance of enrichment to the health and wellbeing of our animal ambassadors and try your hand at crafting a unique and appropriate enrichment item for some of our animals.  This program also includes an up-close meeting with a few of our animal ambassadors.

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Programs for Older Students through Adults

Description:  Just like our programs for younger folks, these programs encourage critical thinking about and meaningful connections to the biology, ecology, and evolution of animals by using guided inquiry, animal ambassadors, and appropriate biofacts to illustrate key scientific concepts and themes.  However, the content and language used in these programs is more advanced and is therefore better suited to a more mature audience; please contact us for more information if you’re interested in one of these programs for your students.  Programs are 30-45 minutes long and do not include zoo admission unless purchased separately.  Please see individual program descriptions for details.  Available for Outreach Programs.

Program fees:  $100 per class for up to 35 people (children and adults total).  The $100 fee is ONLY for the education program, additional costs apply for zoo admission. Please call guest relations at 973-731-5800 x221 for group pricing information.  For additional program information, please contact Marguerite Hunt at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org or 973-731-5800 x103.

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Description:  Meet several animals and discuss how both their internal and external anatomies have evolved to aid in survival.  Biofacts will be incorporated into the lesson to illustrate the internal design of our animal subjects.

 

  • Zoo Conservation and Stewardship

Description:  Learn about the education, conservation, and research mission of Turtle Back Zoo and what we do to protect and serve wildlife.  Caring for our animal ambassadors goes deeper than just feeding and cleaning; learn about Species Survival Plans, research projects at zoos, and the work AZA Zoos do to promote wildlife conservation and stewardship.

 


Additional Onsite Programs

Special Needs Groups: Programming for special needs groups is available upon request

Scouts: The programming listed above can be modified to help your scout group work towards a specific badge and/or journey. Reach out to speak with an educator further.

Daily On Grounds Public Programs: Live animal presentations are given daily in season (May-October). Keeper talks and animal feedings are often given throughout the day. Please check the activity board at the zoo for times and locations.

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Outreach

Where the zoo comes to you!

Your school, scout group, community recreation program, library, senior citizen group, or day care center will be enthralled by our education animals as we explore topics from adaptations to zoology. Educational, entertaining and engaging, our programs are developed for your audience.  

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Current Prices as of 1-1-16

Within 15 miles of Zoo:

$175.00 for the first program (accommodates up to 35 people (children and adults total)– lasts 30-45 minutes)

$90.00 for each additional program (accommodates up to 35 people (children and adults total) – lasts 30-45 minutes)

 

Outside of 15 miles of Zoo:

$250.00 for the first program (accommodates up to 35 people (children and adults total) – lasts 30-45 minutes)

$125.00 for each additional program (accommodates up to 35 people (children and adults total) – lasts 30-45 minutes)

 

Please note:  If your site is over 30 miles from Turtle Back Zoo an additional $50.00 is added for each 20 mile increment from the zoo.

Evening programs (after 4 p.m.) have varying costs and are limited.  Reach out for further details.

We do not travel to NY State due to permit requirements.

 


Scheduling

The next step after exploring this page is to submit a Outreach Inquiry Form. Click HERE to download and attach to your email to mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org. For additional program information, please contact Marguerite Hunt at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org or 973-731-5800 x103.

Outreaches need to be scheduled at least 2-3 weeks prior due to other programming obligations. The more advanced notice given, the better we should be able to accommodate your preferred date. Please understand that due to the nature of our work, we are often away from our desks and may need to call or email in the evening or after school hours.

Please include these details in your initial inquiry:

  • Your name and phone number or email address spelled out clearly
  • Your school or organization name and physical address
  • Dates that are possible for your outreach.  We will verify our availability or suggest different dates as needed.
  • Information about your audience – age level, grade level, number of students to be served and where we are scheduled in your curriculum (are we introducing or expanding upon a topic?).
  • Billing address/email or contact person if different from your information.
  • Expected start times for each program.
  • Any questions you have.
  • Best times to reach you.

 

 


PROGRAM OPTIONS

Programs are listed by suggested grade levels; however, please feel free to discuss with us your group’s needs and where we may fit into your curriculum.

 

 

Programs for Elementary through Middle School

Description:  These programs encourage critical thinking about and meaningful connections to the biology, ecology, and evolution of animals by using guided inquiry, animal ambassadors, and appropriate biofacts to illustrate key scientific concepts and themes.  Each of the courses can be adapted across age groups by our educators; please contact us for more information if you’re interested in one of these programs for your students.  Programs are 30-45 minutes long .  Please see individual program descriptions for details.

 

  • Animal Coverings

Description:  Animals are covered in skin, fur, shells, scales, and feathers.  Meet some of our animal ambassadors to discover how different coverings help the animals survive and thrive in their native habitats.

 

  • Animal Adaptations

Description:  Animal species have evolved some fascinating methods that aid survival in the wild.  Explore some of these amazing adaptations when you meet a few of our animal ambassadors.

 

  • Animal Habitats

Description:  Every wild habitat supplies its inhabitants with what they need to live, but also presents challenges that must be addressed.  Meet a few of our animal ambassadors and discover how their habitats provide basic needs, but also how environmental challenges are managed.

 

  • Animal Enrichment

Description:  There’s a lot more to keeping our animals happy and healthy besides feeding them!  Learn about the importance of enrichment to the health and wellbeing of our animal ambassadors and try your hand at crafting a unique and appropriate enrichment item for some of our animals.  This program also includes an up-close meeting with a few of our animal ambassadors.

 

 

Programs for Older Students through Adults

Description:  Just like our programs for younger folks, these programs encourage critical thinking about and meaningful connections to the biology, ecology, and evolution of animals by using guided inquiry, animal ambassadors, and appropriate biofacts to illustrate key scientific concepts and themes.  However, the content and language used in these programs is more advanced and is therefore better suited to a more mature audience; please contact us for more information if you’re interested in one of these programs for your students.  Programs are 30-45 minutes long .  Please see individual program descriptions for details.

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Description:  Meet several animals and discuss how both their internal and external anatomies have evolved to aid in survival.  Biofacts will be incorporated into the lesson to illustrate the internal design of our animal subjects.

 

  • Zoo Conservation and Stewardship

Description:  Learn about the education, conservation, and research mission of Turtle Back Zoo and what we do to protect and serve wildlife.  Caring for our animal ambassadors goes deeper than just feeding and cleaning; learn about Species Survival Plans, research projects at zoos, and the work AZA Zoos do to promote wildlife conservation and stewardship.

 


ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

 

Adults and Senior Living Facilities:  We can tailor any of the above topics to an adult group or let us know your interest.

Special Needs Groups: Programming for special needs groups is available upon request

Scouts: The programming listed above can be modified to help your scout group work towards a specific badge and/or journey. Reach out to speak with an educator further.

Custom: Thinking you need the zoo at your next event? Reach out and talk to us about how we can work together to bring the zoo experience to your program!

 


 

About our Education Animals

Our education animals are living beings.  As such, they have requirements for their safety, comfort and well-being.  We cannot be stationed in rooms or venues with other animals present, with the exception of service dogs.

Outdoor venues are not ideal, and will restrict what, if any, animals can be brought based upon weather and conditions.  Amplified music, bands, construction noise and loud voices or many voices at once can be problematic for the animals, and such activities should not take place in the same room or nearby.

New Jersey is a “no touch state” which prohibits us from permitting the touching of any non-domesticated species.  Our education staff reserves the right to prohibit touching of even our domesticated species based on the zoo staff’s assessment of a situation and the comfort and safety of the animals, the zoo staff, and/ or the program participants.  To maintain a tactile component to the lessons and to allow for close observation, we utilize biofacts along with our animals.  Biofacts are things like fur, feathers, sheds, skull models and skins suitable to the topic and the animals presented.

When choosing the room for our program, please consider:

  • Access to water for hand washing and, if needed, water for the animals. 
  • Climate controlled rooms with closed or screened windows are best. 
  • A table upon which we can set animal crates and biofacts.
  • Participants seated in a semi-circle on chairs. Or at desks/tables with space for us to walk safely around the group.
  • If multiple groups are scheduled in the same day:
  • Please build in a break for lunch for our staff and animals of at least a half hour.
  • Please do not schedule programs with more than an hour gap between the end of one program and the start of the next program.
  • Please have participants move to us rather than us moving to them.

Upcoming Events

  • January 22, 2017Breakfast with a Dragon
  • January 28, 2017 2:00 pmZoo Behind the Scenes: Giraffe House
  • January 28, 2017 3:00 pmJob Fair
  • February 4, 2017 2:00 pmZoo Behind the Scenes: Giraffe House
  • February 5, 2017 10:00 amTurtle Back Hatchlings
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