ZooFari Summer 2022

Featuring arts & crafts, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, games, and more!  All taught by professional wildlife educators.

Member registration begins Monday, March 7
Non-members registration begins on Monday, March 14

With Wild Researchers, 7th & 8th graders will learn more about the science behind animal care and conservation!  We’ll explore how STEM is crucial when caring for animals at the zoo, in the wild, and at home.  Experience what it’s like to be a wildlife researcher, while also having tons of Zoofari fun!

Weekly Sessions, July 5 – August 26

**Sibling discount applies only at initial registration and when registered to attend the same session.**

Registration includes: Zoofari t-shirt, water bottle, photo with an animal, and lunchbag (Pre-K to 3rd grade) or backpack (4th – 8th Grade).

Children are grouped by the grade they will complete June, 2022:
Pre-K, K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-8.

Children must be at least 4 years old AND have completed one year of Pre-K.

Due to the number of inquiries received, we are no longer able to accommodate requests to place children in the same group.

Session 1:   July 5 – July 8

Price for this week will be adjusted for 4 days.

Herpetology Nation

The Zoo is packed with amphibians and reptiles from all over the world!  We’ll learn about the herpetologists that study these animals.  Participants will get to see turtles, tortoises, lizards, frogs, toads, snakes, and even alligators!  With over 18,000 species of reptiles and amphibians in our world, there are so many amazing things to learn!

Wild Researchers: Myths & Legends

From ancient mythology to fairy tales, animals have always been part of our story telling culture.  This week we will explore mythical creatures and the real animals that inspired them, as well as the culture they came from. 

Session 1 – Click Here To Register

Session 2:   July 11 – July 15

From Island To Island

From small archipelagos to the largest islands, there is so much to explore.  Each day we will go through the islands of the world to observe the wildlife that call these geographic anomalies home.

Wild Researchers: Animal Allies

Many animals use teamwork to help each other survive. We can learn a lot from how animals work together. During this week, we will get to observe some animal teamwork as well as do some fun team building of our own. Do you have what it takes to collaborate? 

Session 2 – Click Here To Register

Session 3:   July 18 – July 22

World Of Forests

Only 30% of the world if forest.  Although the percentage is small, there is so much to explore!  Each forest has its own ecosystem and biodiversity to discover.  Through the hot tropical forests and into the frigid temperate forests, we’ll learn about the many aspects of life in the forest biomes.

Wild Researchers: Wild About Art

Young artists will go wild during this art-based week! Let your animal instincts free with crafts and art projects all week. Participants will use Zoo animals and the natural world around them for inspiration. 

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Session 4:   July 25 – July 29

Adventures In Nature

Learn about all things nature!  We will explore the living and non-living elements of ecosystems.  Animals’ survival depends on these changing elements.  This week you will learn how animals utilize their nature elements to survive.

Wild Researchers: Environment and Energy Flows & Cycles

Explore the study of ecology and fixation cycles that allow wildlife to flourish!  We’ll learn about ecosystem symbiosis, climate change, and environmental cycles in order to learn what makes the habitats around us function.

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Session 5:   August 1 – August 5

Ecosystem Roles

Learn how animals interact with one another and their surroundings.  We will walk through the ecosystems of the world and observe how animals interact with their habitat.

Wild Researchers: Journey To The Edge & Back

Join us this week as we explore how modern animals evolved from their prehistoric ancestors. By examining evolution, we can discover some surprising connections! We’ll also discover how some of these ancient creatures became extinct and how we can prevent extinction for their modern relatives. 

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Session 6:   August 8 – August 12

Tales Of The Zoo

Get to know the animals of the Staten Island Zoo!  This week, we’ll learn and observe animals’ behaviors, learn their stories, discover where they came from, and experience their exciting personalities.

Wild Researchers: Wildlife Warriors

Wildlife is so important, and it is worth protecting. During this week we will meet some endangered animals who need our help, and problem solve how we can use our voice to help protect wild animals and the places they call home.

Session 6 – Click Here To Register

Session 7:   August 15 – August 19

Workers Of The Zoo

Discover all about our staff here at the Staten Island Zoo!  From our zoo keepers to our veterinary staff, you will be able to observe and learn what it take to care for wildlife.

Wild Researchers: Zoo Careers

Do you want to make an impact and help save wild animals and the places they call home? Well then, take a walk on the wild side and learn all about careers in the field of wildlife! Get to learn from our staff and get some experience practicing what these wildlife heroes do! 


Session 7 – Click Here To Register

Session 8:   August 22 – August 26

Conservation Station

Conservation is the key to protecting our planet.  This week, we’ll learn what wildlife conservation means, threats to ecosystems, and how we can do our part to help the planet.  We’ll participate in activities to investigate habitat fragmentation and illegal wildlife trade to advance our knowledge of conservation!

Wild Researchers: CSI Conservation Science Investigation

Investigate the world of conservation science! Participants will become researchers using kits real investigators use in order to recognize illegal wildlife products.  Do you have what it takes to be a Conservation Science Investigator? 


Session 8 – Click Here To Register

For more information, please contact 718-442-3100 ext. 33.

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