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.

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.  Appropriate face masks are mandatory indoors and during animal programs, but not outside.  Wonders of the Wild fee is $30/person.

Upcoming 2022 Dates and Themes

Winter (Jan. – Feb.) 2022 DATES AND THEMES

Session 1 – January 8th: Climate Change

Session 2 – January 15th: Endangered Species

Session 3 – January 22nd: Producers, Consumers, Decomposers

Session 4 – February 5th: Urban Ecology

Session 5 – February 12th: Environmental Diversity

Session 6 – February 19th: Suburban and Urban Farming

Session 7 – February 26th: Water Quality

Register Here:  WOW Winter 2022 Sessions


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-fitting face mask

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 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. Cancellation requests may be made by phone at 973-731-5800 ext. 103 or email:  mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

  • Date December 14, 2021
  • Tags Conservation, Education, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Science

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