After School at the Zoo: TBZ’s Zoo Club

After School at the Zoo:  TBZ’s Zoo Club!

Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom! Our Out of School at the Zoo: Zoo Club offers students an opportunity to participate in animal and conservation themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship. Available to students in grades 1 through 5. The program includes a visit into the Zoo or South Mountain Reservation as weather permits.

Winter-Spring 2020 Dates and Themes

Session 1, January 24:      Plants and Animals
Session 2, February 7:      Pets
Session 3, February 21:     How Animals Grow
Session 4, March 6:          Animal Husbandry
Session 5, March 20:        Endangered Species
Session 6, April 3:             Invasive Species
Session 7, May 1:               Animal Conservation
Session 8, May 15:            Climate Change

Drop-off your student as early as 3pm, no later than 3:45pm.  At 3:45pm we head out into the Zoo or South Mountain Reservation.

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Who Should Come:  Students in grades 1 through 5 who are passionate about animals and conservation

How to Prepare

  • Wear comfortable clothes that will keep your student warm and dry while outside
  • Reusable water bottle

What Not to Bring

  • Electronic devices you might get glued to (phones are ok if you’re just taking pictures)
  • Grumpy attitude!

Program Details
Drop-off is at the Berson Education Center as early as 3pm, but no later than 3:45pm (we will be leaving the building after that). Pick-up time is between 6pm and 6:30pm; late pick-ups after 6:30pm will incur a fee of $10 for every 15 minutes late. Your child can come straight from school – we have a classroom where they can safely leave school gear while out in the Zoo or Reservation. We will provide a snack of fresh fruit and veggies, but you may provide other snacks for your child as needed; refrain from including common allergenic foods such as tree nuts, etc. Please make sure that your child has a refillable water bottle and is comfortably dressed to spend time outside. We will go outside, rain or shine or snow, unless there is thunder or lightening.

Cancellations with refund may be made up to 7 days prior to the originally scheduled date and time; no refunds will be offered less than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled tour date and time. Cancellation requests may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 103 or email:

  • Date January 7, 2020
  • Tags Animals, Conservation, Education, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Science, South Mountain Recreation Complex

Turtle Back Zoo

The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will re-open to the public on Thursday, June 18th with Timed Tickets Only. Learn more and Reserve