Gather your troops for a wild adventure! The Central Park Zoo is a great place for Scouts of all ages to learn about animals, conservation, and more.

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We are thrilled to offer customized programming for your troop at the Central Park Zoo! Troop leaders collaborate with Zoo Education staff to create unique, animal-themed experiences, including up-close animal encounters, guided Zoo tours, and hands-on investigations. All participants earn a fun Central Park Zoo patch. Programming can be built to meet certain badge requirements, if desired. Select weekday and weekend programming available September through May. Contact to book your troop's experience today!

Learn about our Guided Tours


  • To make a reservation, please complete the Central Park Zoo Education Registration Request form. You can call the Education Department at 800-433-4149, Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm or email with any questions about education programs or the registration process.
  • Once your reservation is finalized, an invoice with program information, including date & time, will be sent to you via email. This invoice is valid for free general admission for your classes and must be shown at the entrance gate on your scheduled date of visit.
  • A $50 change fee will be incurred if the school needs to change the program dates.

Class Size

  • PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN: Maximum class size is 25 students & 7 adults, including the teacher.
  • 1ST GRADE & UP: Maximum class size is 35 students & 7 adults, including the teacher.
  • Schools are not allowed to combine classes to reach the maximum class size.
  • School & camp groups are required to provide a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children & chaperones must remain with their group at all times.
  • SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSES: We welcome students with special needs. Please be sure to mention special needs or disabilities when registering so that we can place your class in a wheelchair-accessible classroom. We require one adult for every two students in a special education class with a maximum class size of 12 students.

Payment Policy

  • Payment in full is due at least 4 weeks prior to the program date & ASAP if booked within 4 weeks.
  • Under no circumstances will a program be held without full payment in advance or a Purchase Order.
  • Payment may be made by check, credit card, or Purchase Order.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email,, or fax, (718) 733-9545.
  • Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled date of program.

Late Arrivals

Due to a very full schedule, programs will not be extended for late-arriving groups beyond the scheduled end time. Staff will make every attempt to cover as much material as possible in the time available. Please obtain information on how to locate us in advance of your trip by visiting the directions page on our website.

Weather Conditions

Programs are held rain or shine unless trips are cancelled by school officials or a zoo closure is in effect. Please encourage children to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

For General Admission Only

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For more information please call 800-433-4149 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email with any questions about education programs or the registration process.

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