Education Center Programs

Education Center Programs

education programs

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.

Cost

Program fees:  $100 per class of 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.

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.

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.

High School 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.

  • Zoo Conservation and Stewardship

Description:
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.

  • 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.

Additional Offerings

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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