Wonders of the Wild: Science and Nature at the Zoo

Wonders of the Wild!

Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom! Our Wonders of the Wild program offers students an opportunity to participate in supplementary science and nature-themed programs and projects that facilitate scientific literacy and life-long environmental stewardship.  That’s not all!  We are excited to introduce our partnership with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, a wonderful global conservation organization that will participate in our programs every week, providing insight into their many conservation projects via live stream and in-person presentations.

Available to students ages 6-12. The programs include a visit to the South Mountain Reservation, Reservoir, or Zoo as weather permits.  Programs will be held in-person on Saturdays and Wednesdays, from 1pm to 4pm.  The Saturday and Wednesday curricula are repeated within the same week, so only register for one of the days so you’re not repeating the same program.  Appropriate face coverings are mandatory.  Wonders of the Wild fee is $30/person.

Upcoming 2021 Dates and Themes

Session 11 – 4/3, 4/7:  Rainy Rainforest

Session 12 – 4/10, 4/14:  Classification and Taxonomy

Session 13 – 4/17, 4/21:  Climate Change

Session 14 – 4/24, 4/28:  Radical Reptiles

Register Here:  WOW Sessions 11 through 14


Session 15 – 5/1, 5/5:  Mexico and South American Animals

Session 16 – 5/8, 5/12:  G’Day Mates (Australian Animals)

Session 17 – 5/15, 5/19:  Mythological Creatures

Session 18 – 5/22, 5/26:  African Animals

Session 19 – 5/29, 6/2:  Zoos and You

Register Here:  WOW Sessions 15 through 19


Wonders of the Wild will be taking a break for the month of June, but will return for Saturday programs in July and August.


In-Person Program Details

Who Should Come:  Students ages 6-12 who are passionate about science and nature

How to Prepare

  • Wear comfortable clothes that will keep your student warm and dry while outside
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Well-fitted face covering

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 no earlier than 10 minutes before, but no later than 30 minutes after the beginning of the program (we may be leaving the building after that). Pick-up time is 4pm; late pick-ups will incur a fee of $10 for every 15 minutes late.  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 lightning.  Thunder or lightning will cancel the program.  We will contact you in the event of a cancellation.

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

  • Date February 8, 2020
  • Tags Conservation, Education, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Science

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