School Programs


Programs for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Wildlife Theater

Colorful Creatures
Children learn how critter colors are essential for survival. We’ll introduce them to live animals whose colors help them blend in with their surroundings or warn predators away. A classroom scavenger hunt, a colorful craft, and other activities are part of the program.  

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $200

Sheep

Barnyard Bonanza
Experience the farm without leaving the city! Students learn about farm life with classic songs, activities, and a book about barnyard sounds. Children also feed and pet farm critters in the Tisch Children’s Zoo.  

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $200

Macaw

Exploring the Rainforest
Journey through the tropics and learn about wildlife of the rainforest. Introduce your students to the wonders of the jungle with songs, live animals, and a wild craft.  

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $200

CPZ Education

Penguin Pals
Students play penguin games and touch penguin feathers as part of an interactive lesson about these flightless birds. They’ll also get to observe the penguins as they splash, dive, and porpoise in their exhibit.

Time: 1 hour
Fee: $200


1st - 2nd Grade


Dwarf Mongoose

Head for Home
What does an animal need to survive in the wild? Students learn about the unique relationships between animals and their habitats. Participatory activities, live animals, and an engaging zoo visit will help them discover the diversity of the natural world.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

Goat

Marvelous Mammals
Students develop their sorting and observation skills, learn about classification, and meet furry friends. Kindergarteners and first graders visit the Tisch Children's Zoo and feed the goats! Older groups discuss mammal misfits.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

Chinstrap penguin

Penguin Scientists
Take a journey with s to discover the world of penguins!  Through engaging activities, students will uncover the wonders of penguins by learning about their diet, habitat, and special adaptations that help them survive in the Antarctic. Students will also visit the penguins in the zoo to study their behaviors.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

snake

Reptiles and Amphibians
Where do poison dart frogs get their poison? Do reptiles really have cold blood? As amateur herpetologists, students will study some of the zoo's reptiles and amphibians to answer these questions and more!

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225


3rd to 5th Grade


Wildlife Theater

Trekking the Tropics
Students will be amazed at the wonders of the rainforest in this program about its ecosystems, animals, and products. They'll also meet tropical critters! Programs for older students include discussions and activities about endangered animals and conservation.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

Wildlife Theater

Habitat Adventure
Animals need food, water, shelter, and space to survive. Students learn what happens when one of these resources disappears. Close-up encounters with native animals demonstrate some of the challenges local wildlife face.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

Penguins

Polar Expedition
Students discover what it takes to survive the harsh conditions of the poles. Participatory activities help them learn about geography and adaptations. We also cool off with the penguins to enhance observation

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225


5th to 8th Grade


Wildlife Theater

NEW! Ecosystem Eats
Weave your way through the food web, investigating how connections are made. Students will meet animals from different trophic levels and discover how they ineract with one another in their ecosystem. By visiting the animals in the zoo, we will uncover how living things acquire energy and recognize our own role as humans in the web of life.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225

Wildlife Theater

Primate Behavior
Meet some of the zoo’s primates including lemurs, tamarins, and snow monkeys! Through hands-on activities, students will discover some fascinating facts about primates and learn about the various behaviors of this unique order of mammals.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225


Wildlife Theater

Earth's Biodiversity
In this hands-on class, students will explore the biodiversity of our planet. They'll meet niche animals, visit one of the zoo's endangered animals, and engage in a lively debate about the many complexities of conserving wildlife and wildlands.

Time: 75 minutes
Fee: $225


Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten: $200 per class, 1-hour program. Maximum of 25 children and 5 adults.
Grades 1–8: $225 per class, 75-minute program. Maximum of 35 students and 5 adults.

Zoo admission is included in all fees. To book a program, please call 212-439-6583 or email cpzregistration@wcs.org. For a faster response, please fill out this online form and the registrar will call you to finish your reservation.

School Program Brochure