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Homeschool Days: Challenges of Life

February 14, 2024 11:00 am
February 14, 2024 1:00 pm
Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ, USA   View map
973-731-5800 ext 103


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Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing classroom!

Welcome to the wildest classroom in NJ! Our homeschool classes offer students an opportunity to boost scientific literacy and knowledge of the natural world, and learn the importance of life-long environmental stewardship. Available to students ages 6-12, the programs include a visit to South Mountain Reservation, Reservoir, or Zoo as weather permits. These are in-person, drop-off sessions held one Wednesday per month from 11am – 1pm in the Berson Family Center. Fee is $30/student, with a maximum capacity of 20 students. Program fee does not include separate zoo admission. Students are encouraged to bring their own supplies (note books, pens, water bottle).


To register search “homeschool” at “turtle Back Zoo:  Homeschool Registration


December 2023 – February 2024: Challenges of Life

  • December 13: Herbivores, Predators, and Prey – Explore the complex strategies animals use to gather food. We will not only look at the evolutionary arms race between carnivores and their prey, but also the one between herbivores and plants.
  • January 17: Social Animals – Life in a group has benefits, but also presents problems. Discover the challenges animals face from others of the same species, like settling conflicts between individuals; and even relationships they form with other species.
  • February 14: Courting and Parenting – One of the most important challenges for any organism is producing young and ensuring they survive. Find out how animals try to find the best mates and make sure that their offspring get a good start in life.


To register search “homeschool” at “turtle Back Zoo:  Homeschool Registration

Drop-off is at the Berson Family Center as early as 10:50am; the program begins promptly at 11am. Pick-up time is at 1pm; late pick-ups after 1pm 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.

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