Special Conservation Education Events

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo hosts a variety of specialty conservation education programs throughout the year.  Some of these programs are geared for most ages, so there’s something for everyone.  Read on to learn more!


Conservation Breakfast:  For adults and families with older children (6+).  Our conservation breakfast programs share the conservation journey of one species and offer simple, accessible conservation actions that you and your family can all do together to be the best stewards of the earth.  The best part?  A delicious breakfast while you’re learning.

Current Conservation Breakfast Programs:  Breakfast with the Clouded Leopard

November 14, 2021; 9am to 10:30am

The Turtle Back Zoo Breakfast with the Clouded Leopards is a morning education program that features the Clouded Leopard as its focus.  Clouded Leopards are facing serious conservation challenges in the wild.  During the program you’ll learn all about these leopards including their natural habits and behaviors, how they face the conservation issues affecting their habitats, and what you can do to help them.  The event will be located at the Mount Building Classroom (adjacent to the main zoo entrance) and behind-the-scenes with our leopards.  

 Ticket includes:

  • Discovery Activities
  • Breakfast, Coffee, and Juice
  • Conservation Program and introduction to some ambassador animals
  • Meet and greet Keeper and Clouded Leopard at exhibit
  • Admission to the Zoo for the Day (for non-members)

November 14Clouded Leopard Breakfast


Adult Zoo Camp:  Have you ever wondered what your kids actually do at Zoo Camp?  Now you can experience Turtle Back Zoo through the eyes of a zoo camper!  Come spend a day with us to learn all about animals, science, and conservation.  Includes a full-day of zoo camp with science experiments and animal encounters, crafts and games, and some very special guests.  Inquire at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.  Dates and times TBD.

Multigenerational Camp:  The Turtle Back Zoo Multigenerational Camp is an authentic full-day of our popular zoo camp with a special emphasis on family bonds throughout the animal kingdom.  Bring your favorite young person with you and learn together about being the best earth stewards you can be.  Includes a full-day of zoo camp with science experiments and animal encounters, crafts and games, and some very special guests.  Inquire at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.  Dates and times TBD.

Date Night:  Tired of the same old dinner and a movie night out?  Curious about the dating habits of some of the wilder residents of Turtle Back Zoo?  Join our staff for a fun and frank discussion of the “birds and the bees” at one of our very popular date nights.  Date Night is an evening conservation education event for adults ages 21 and over. The Date Night event includes dinner, a conservation program, and behind the scenes tours. Inquire at mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.  Date Night programs temporarily on hold, but we hope to return for Valentine’s Day 2021.  Dates and times TBD.

  • Date September 10, 2021
  • Tags Conservation, Education

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