Take your class on a trip to the zoo–VIRTUALLY! Also perfect for camps and libraries. All Education programs are available from September through June and include the following:

  • Experienced educators that generate excitement and create a positive learning environment
  • Option to customize lessons to help you reach your learning goals
  • Accessible through the Zoo’s Zoom account or a platform of your choosing
  • Programs are available Monday-Friday every hour from 9AM – 4PM EST

Virtual Education Classes

  • Programs are 45-minutes
  • Pre-recorded 15-minute lesson
  • Synchronous activity and / or animal presentation (3 animals)
  • Q&A with Zoo instructor
  • Classes are aligned with NGSS standards to help meet you curriculum goals

Pricing
Virtual Education class (40 users)….$175.
Title 1 School (40 users)……….$150.
Special Ed (40 users)…………….$150.


Virtual Animal Presentation

  • Synchronous presentation- 30-minutes
  • Q&A with Zoo instructor
  • Animal presentation includes 3 animals

Pricing:
Virtual Animal Presentation (40 users)………………$125.
Title 1 School (40 users)………………$100.
Special Ed (40 users)…..$100.


Registration
All programs must be reserved at least 3 weeks in advance. Payment must be received one (1) week in advance of the program or it will be cancelled. There will be a $35 penalty for any checks returned for insufficient funds.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 3 weeks prior to the program will be given a full refund or can be rescheduled at no extra charge.
  • Cancellations or reschedules made between 1-3 weeks prior to your program will incur a $50 fee
  • There are no refunds for cancellations made within 1 week of your program. However, programs can be rescheduled for a $50 fee.

Please call: 718-442-3174 ext. 33 or email: education@statenislandzoo.org

EDUCATION CLASS TOPICS


PRE-K – 2nd Grade

Senses
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.

It’s Alive
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.


Three hundred trout are needed to support one man for a year. The trout, in turn, must consume 90,000 frogs, that must consume 27 million grasshoppers that live off of 1,000 tons of grass.

— G. Tyler Miller, Jr., American Chemist (1971)


3rd – 5th Grade

Expedition Rainforest
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.

African Safari
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.

Exploring Ecosystems
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
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.

Reptiles Roundup
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.

Not sure which virtual session is best for you?
Below is a side-by-side comparison of our Virtual Educational Classes
vs. Virtual Animal Presentations.

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