TRAVELING ZOO PROGRAMS
The Staten Island Zoo prides itself on providing high-quality, exceptional education programs with experienced educators. Due to increasing costs, it has become necessary to raise the price of our programs, which have remained the same for the last 8 years. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
- Available from September through June.
- 45 minutes long
- Available as a lesson and animal presentation, or animal presentation only
- Grade-appropriate topics that are aligned with city and state education standards
- Experienced educators that generate excitement and create a positive learning environment
- Our education department will gladly customize a program to help you reach your learning goals
- For the safety of the animals, you must provide a parking space for the Zoo van.
A minimum of three classes must be booked at the location for a traveling zoo to occur.
Traveling Zoo Pricing:
Education class (30 students and 5 adults)……………..$300.
Pre-K class (20 students and 5 adults)…………………..$300.
Title 1 school (30 students and 5 adults)………………..$270.
Special Ed (20 students and 5 adults)……………………$270.
An additional $25.00 travel fee will be assessed for each trip outside of Staten Island.
The Staten Island Zoo has strict geographical limitations for travel and for the well-being of our tractable animals. Please see the list below for currently approved travel cities and boroughs.
- Staten Island, NY
- Bayonne, NJ
- Brooklyn, NY – (West of Ocean Parkway and South of 37th Street). Please see the map below if you are unsure about whether or not you are in the approved travel zone (highlighted in yellow).
EDUCATION CLASS TOPICS
PRE-K – 2nd Grade
Whiskers, antenna, floppy ears and tasting the air are some of the ways that animals learn about the world around them. Explore the five senses like never before as we meet animals with some unique ways to taste, touch, hear, smell and see.
In this class, we will explore four characteristics of all living things: eating, breathing, growing and reproducing. Meet our animals up close and learn how growing and changing is different for every animal; especially frogs and butterflies!
Food Web Fun
This class is an introduction to the parts of a habitat and the way plants and animals function. We will introduce the concept of a food web and meet producers, consumers and decomposers up close through an engaging animal presentation.
3rd – 5th Grade
Investigate tropical rainforests layer by layer and discover what makes this habitat such an important part of global health. The incredible biodiversity and animal adaptations found in a rainforest are an important part of this class. Meet animal species that call a rainforest home.
From lush rainforests to the driest deserts and savannahs in between, the African continent offers a variety of ecosystems and animals. Meet our African zoo animals and learn the unique adaptations that help them survive and thrive in their habitat.
We will follow the flow of energy from the sun through all parts of an ecosystem and eventually back into the environment through decomposition. Different components of an ecosystem, modeled by a food web and up close animal presentations, as well as human impact on these systems will be presented in this class.
6th – 8th Grade
Adaptations are developed over time and help animals survive and reproduce. This class will focus on the amazing adaptations that animals employ when eating, defending themselves, moving from place to place and more. We will present zoo animals that have unique physical and behavioral adaptations.
Predator vs. Prey
The predator/prey relationship is one of the most important in the natural world. It drives natural selection and is what all animals depend upon to live. Join the zoo as we look at the adaptations and strategies that animals have to survive in their habitat. Your class will meet animals from the zoo’s collection that demonstrate predator and prey characteristics.
An in-depth look at what makes a reptile a reptile, the important role they play in ecosystems and the adaptations that have allowed them to succeed for over 300 million years. We will meet several species of reptile and discuss the features that all reptiles have in common.