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.  Program does not include separate zoo admission.  Wonders of the Wild fee is $30/person.

Upcoming 2022 Dates and Themes


June 11 – Under the Sea

June 18 – Nature’s Architects

June 25 – Wild Weather

July 9 – Animal Art

July 16 – Butterfly Bonanza

August 13 – It’s a Bug’s Life

August 20 – Nature Photography

Instructions: Click on the link below (link opens a new tab) and click ACTIVITIES then search “Wonders of the Wild” for a list of all Wonders of the Wild sessions and “Turtle Back Zoo” for the place selection. Click the green button to open up the session list and register for a session.



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 email:  mhunt@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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

Turtle Back Zoo

Zoo Open Daily 10am to 4pm | The Zoo will Close early Saturday, July 9th. Last Admission 2pm.