Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Programs

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

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.

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.

SESSIONS: Each session features classes with a different theme, so you can attend one or all three!
CLASSES: Each class offered within the same session covers the same content.

Registration: $20 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.

Program Dates:

 

SPRING 2018 *tickets now on sale
Session 1:  Classes on Saturday, March 3, Sunday, March 4 or Monday, March 5
Session 2:  Classes on Saturday, April 7, Sunday, April 8 or Monday, April 9
Session 3:  Classes on Saturday, May 5, Sunday, May 6 or Monday, May 7

Register Here

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.

SESSIONS: Each session features classes with a different theme, so you can attend one or all three!
CLASSES: Each class offered within the same session covers the same content.

Registration: $20 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.

Program Dates:

SPRING 2018 *tickets now on sale
Session 1:  Classes on Saturday, March 3, Sunday, March 4 or Monday, March 5
Session 2:  Classes on Saturday, April 7, Sunday, April 8 or Monday, April 9
Session 3:  Classes on Saturday, May 5, Sunday, May 6 or Monday, May 7

Register Here

Zoo Explores Program

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

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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.

SESSIONS: Each session features classes with a different theme, so you can attend one or all three!
CLASSES: Each class offered within the same session covers the same content.

Registration: $25 per child per class. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.

Program Dates:

WINTER 2017-18
Session 3: Sunday, February 11 or February 12

Register Here

SPRING 2018 *tickets now on sale
Session 1: Sunday, March 11 or Monday, March 12
Session 2: Sunday, April 15 or Monday, April 16
Session 3: Sunday, May 20 or Monday, May 21

Register Here

Registration for the Early Childhood programs is online through Eventbrite. 

Current Eventbrite Listings

Have older children? Check out our Zoo Camps page

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