Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Programs

education programs

TBZ’s Early Childhood programs encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness. We invite young children to discover the natural world through gently structured play, art, stories, animal visits, and more. Early Childhood programming is offered monthly throughout the school year. Age restrictions apply; Pre-registration required.  Zoo admission is not included with registration.  For additional program information, please contact 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: Virtual Only for Winter 2020/2021

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 in a lightly structured program.  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.  Virtual programs are via the Webex platform (free from Cisco).

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: $10 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver ONLY included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.  After registration, we will email you the appropriate links to log-in to the program.

Winter 2020/2021 Dates:
Session 1:  Classes on Saturday, December 5; Sunday, December 6; Monday, December 7
Session 2:  
Classes on Saturday, January 9; Sunday, January 10; Monday, January 11
Session 3:  
Classes on Saturday, February 6; Sunday, February 7; Monday, February 8

Register Here for Winter Hatchlings

 

Turtle Back Zoo Tots Program

Age group: 2 & 3 years old with a caregiver

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Virtual Only for Winter 2020/2021

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; programs are moderately structured.  Virtual programs are via the Webex platform (free from Cisco).

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: $10 per child per class. Admittance of one caregiver ONLY included per ticket. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.  After registration, we will email you the appropriate links to log-in to the program.

Winter 2020/2021 Dates:
Session 1:  Classes on Saturday, December 5; Sunday, December 6; Monday, December 7
Session 2:  
Classes on Saturday, January 9; Sunday, January 10; Monday, January 11
Session 3:  
Classes on Saturday, February 6; Sunday, February 7; Monday, February 8

Register Here for Winter Tots

 

Zoo Explorers Program

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

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for In-Person, 10:00 AM – 11:00am for Virtual

Where: Virtual Only for December 2020; In-person hopefully to return to Sundays in January and February

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 program is normally a drop-off program but will be virtual through December at least. Virtual programs are via the Webex platform (free from Cisco). 

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: $30 per child per class for In-Person; $15 per child per class for Virtual. Advanced registration and payment are required. No refunds for cancellations requested within one week of your registered session.  After registration, we will email you the appropriate links to log-in to the program.

Winter 2020/2021 Dates:
Session 1:  Classes on Saturday, December 12; Sunday, December 13; Monday, December 14
Session 2:  
Classes on Saturday, January 16; Sunday, January 17 (In-Person); Monday, January 18
Session 3:  
Classes on Saturday, February 13; Sunday, February 14 (In-Person); Monday, February 15

Register Here for Winter Virtual Explorers Register Here for for In-Person Explorers

 

 

 

Have older children? Check out our Zoo Camps page

Turtle Back Zoo

Please note the Zoo will be closed from January 1st - January 31st.