Wonders of the Wild: Science and Nature at the Zoo

Wonders of the Wild!

Thank you for your interest in Wonders of the Wild. Unfortunately, we do not have any classes scheduled at this time. Please check back for future programs. 

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.

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 from 1pm to 3pm.  This is an in-person, drop-off program.  Program does not include separate zoo admission.  Wonders of the Wild fee is $30/person.

Dates and Themes

There are no programs currently available. Please check back at another time for program updates. 

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In-Person Program Details

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

What To Bring: 

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

Program Details
Drop-off is at the Berson Family 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 3pm; 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. If you have any questions or need to cancel, please contact Kate at kseeland@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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