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.


Education Programs at Turtle Back Zoo

We have daily, free live animal programs. We also offer programs for groups that can be scheduled for an Education Center Classroom. There is a fee for these programs and they have to be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Programs can be especially tailored for to meet your needs, including for Boy and Girl Scout groups to help with badge requirements. Please follow this link to our Education Center Programs page for more information.

In addition to group programming, we also offer early childhood classes, as well as summer camps and mini-camps throughout the year.

Did you know that the Zoo can also come to you? If that sounds good, check out our Outreach programs!

Please call the Education Department at 973-731-5800 x 230 to book a program today!

Please see our brochure for further information.

If you would prefer to donate some quality time to the Zoo, check out our volunteer options for teens and adults!


WHAT’s HAPPENING – Spring 2016

Summer Camp 2016 registration opens to all Monday, March 28th!
Learn more HERE.

Have a child between 6 months and 5 years old? Our Spring Early Childhood classes still have spots!
Learn more HERE.

A Howling good time! Breakfast with the Wolves tickets now on sale.
Click HERE to learn more and register.

It’s a Party for the Planet! Spend Saturday, April 23rd, the day after Earth Day, at the zoo celebrating your favorite home, Earth! Events, programs and activities included with zoo admission.
Learn more HERE.