The Bronx Zoo

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal wellbeing. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York. The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

Bronx Zoo Address:

2300 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, New York 10460

Phone Number: (718) 220-5100

E-mail: GuestRelations@WCS.org

Website: Bronx Zoo

Total Experience Tickets Includes:

Zoo admission plus unlimited access to the Special Rides & Attractions available on the day of your visit.

* Adult $29.95

Child (Ages 3-12)

General Admission Tickets:

Adult $16.00

Child (Ages 3–12)

$12.00

For Group Sales Please Call: 718-220-5198

November 4, 2013-April 4, 2014 Daily 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.*
 April 4, 2014–November 2, 2014 Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.* Weekends & Holidays 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*

Programs:

The Bronx Zoo’s award-winning Education Department is dedicated to teaching youngsters and adults about wildlife and wild habitats through engaging, interactive zoo programs. Our offerings for adults, families, children, and teens include guided tours, family overnights, summer programs, and opportunities to meet zoo experts and get an insider’s look at our animals and exhibits. All zoo programs require advance reservation. For additional information or questions, please call 718-220-5132 or e-mail reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org.

Youth Programs

Budding zoologists can get an insider’s look at the Zoo’s animals and exhibits by participating in our interactive children’s programs. They’ll meet like-minded kids and experts who’ll offer a glimpse of what would it be like to work at the Bronx Zoo.

Family Programs

Spend a day—or a night—at the Zoo with your children and enjoy private exhibit viewings, themed activities, up-close animal encounters, and special celebrations of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other family holidays.

Summer Programs

The Bronx Zoo offers summer programs for children ages 4-17 years of age. Learn more about our camps and internships, and register online.

Tours

Explore the Bronx Zoo with our helpful, trained guides. Since 1970, the Friends of the Zoo have provided guided tours to groups of schoolchildren, scouts, families, and adults who are interested in learning more about our animals and exhibits.

Educators

Whether you are seeking to enrich your students’ field trip to the Zoo or a lesson in your own classroom, the Bronx Zoo’s Education Department offers a wide range of programs to enhance science curricula for kindergarteners through twelfth graders.

Wildlife Theater

The Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater Players perform interactive shows using drama, puppetry, games, and songs. Performances inspire audiences to learn more about their natural world and become part of its protection. The troupe works with schools, community centers, hospitals, camps, and at private events.

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School Field Trips Pre-K to 5th (Visit Only)

School Field Trips at the Bronx ZOO

Enrich your Class field trip to the zoo with an educational program. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo’s naturalistic exhibits and allow students up-close encounters with animals from the Zoo’s unmatched educational animal collection in a supervised environment. We have programs for specific for all grade levels and ages.

Please call 718-741-1681 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process. Click Here to view the cancellation policy.

School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo Pre-K to 5th Grade

Box Turtle

Animal Alphabet

Pre-K

Animal alphabet friends including a charming chinchilla and tantalizing turtle will help early learners recognize, identify, and write letters to solve wildlife word puzzles. From antelopes to zebras, your students will discover a living alphabet at his or her fingertips.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Flamingo

1, 2, Counting at the Zoo

Pre-K

Your students will explore the amazing variety of animal life while practicing their math skills. Up-close meetings with animals and storytelling will reinforce students’ recognition of numerals and help them examine the different relationships among numbers.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Bronx Zoo Education

Size and Shape

Grades K-2

Students will compare and contrast sizes and shapes and recognize these as adaptations that help an animal to survive. Science based activities also support English language art and math skills when exploring measurement as well as how animals grow and change.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Tiger

Textures and Patterns

Grades K-2

Students will explore the variety of textures and patterns that exist in the natural world. In addition to hands-on encounters with animals and visiting zoo exhibits, students will examine Mystery Texture Buckets and solve pattern puzzles.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Red-eyed Tree Frog

Colors

Grades K-2

Why are animals the colors they are? How does an animal’s color help it to survive? Your students will discover the answers to these questions by visiting Zoo exhibits including Madagascar and JungleWorld as well as through up close observations of animals in the classroom.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Sea Lions

Sounds

Grades K-2

From a tiger’s growl to a sea lion’s bark, the program will develop students’ awareness of the variety of sounds that animals make. Students will be able to identify specific animal sounds and understand that these sounds communicate specific information.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Guanaco

Moves and Meals

Grades K-2

This program will introduce students to a variety of animal locomotion styles and the reasons that animals move from place to place. Students will observe animals in the classroom to identify carnivores from herbivores and omnivores and identify the adaptations each has for finding food.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Collard Lemur

Animal Survival Needs

Grades K-2

In this program, students will explore what a habitat is along with identifying the living and non-living parts. Students will recognize what animals need to get from their habitat to survive and how they get it.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Wolf's Guenon

Mammals

Grades K-3

Students will explore Mammal Clue Kits to discover the unique characteristics of mammals and learn what sets them apart from other classes of animals. Up-close visits from some furry friends along with visits to zoo exhibits make this program an excellent learning opportunity.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Macaw

Bird

Grades K-3

From feathers and beaks to eggs and nests, students will learn about the major characteristics of birds. Visits to zoo exhibits and in-class observations of a couple of fine-feathered friends will complete this all avian adventure.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Girdled Lizard

Reptiles and Amphibians

Grades K-3

Through small group work and hands-on activities, students will compare and contrast these two classes of animals. Students will walk away from this program with an appreciation of all things scaly and slimy.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Giraffe

Wildlife and Habitats of Africa

Grades 3-4

This exciting interdisciplinary program offers a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the African experience as they travel on an Adaptation Safari and meet African animals up-close in the classroom.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Gorilla

Saving Africa’s Wildlife

Grades 3-4

Students will explore the plight of Africa’s endangered animals including gorillas, rhinos and elephants. They will investigate the impact that people have had on the environment and what conservation actions can be taken to protect Africa’s wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Polar Bear

Endangered Wildlife

Grades 3-5

What are the major causes of wildlife endangerment and extinction? In this program, students will learn the answers to this question by investigating Threats to Wildlife Boxes and visiting the zoo’s exhibits. Students will discuss issues involved with the development or protection of wildlife areas and leave this program with an understanding of conservation actions they can do everyday.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Bronx River

Temperate Forests

Grades 3-5

In this program, students will explore the characteristics of this New York City habitat, discover how animals that live there adapt to seasonal changes and complete a Temperate Forest Journal.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Makira

Rainforests

Grades 3-5

Students will learn about the characteristics of tropical rainforests including the stratification and biodiversity of plant and animal species that live there. Students will also discover the ways in which humans depend on the rainforest in their everyday lives.

Time: 2 hours/session Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Lion

Grasslands

Grades 3-5

Students will explore Habitat Boxes and the Bronx Zoo’s African Plains to learn about the unique characteristics of the grassland habitats and the adaptations that animals have to survive there.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Surinam Horned Frog

Wild Poetry

Grades 3-5

With the Bronx Zoo’s incredible animals and exhibits as their inspiration, your students will enhance their observation skills and build their literacy skills as they learn how to write an ode for a toad or creative words about birds. In the classroom, students will be introduced to amazing animal adaptations and explore 5 fundamental forms of poetry.

Time: 2 hours/session Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

School Field Trips 5th to 8th Grade

School Field Trips at the Bronx ZOO

Enrich your Class field trip to the zoo with an educational program. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo’s naturalistic exhibits and allow students up-close encounters with animals from the Zoo’s unmatched educational animal collection in a supervised environment. We have programs for specific for all grade levels and ages.

Please call 718-741-1681 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process. Click Here to view the cancellation policy.

School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo 5th to 8th Grade

Zebras

Animals of the Land

Grades 5-8

This program invites students to discover animal adaptations first hand. In Animals of the Land, students focus on zebra hooves, cheetah paws, monkey hands, and even tree frog toes as they conduct their own observations of animal movement.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Golden Eagle

Animals of the Air

Grades 5-8

Using the Zoo as a living laboratory, students will examine real bird feathers and bones, and receive up-close visits from bids to help study adaptations for flight.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Nile Crocodiles

Animals of the Water

Grades 5-8

Students will be amazed by the Super Swamp Thingas they explore the adaptations that animals have to survive in aquatic environments.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Tiger

Tiger Territory

Grades 5-8

In this program, students will learn about the natural history of the world’s largest cat and the threats to its survival. Students will discover how the field work of conservation biologists has been applied in the care and conservation of tigers at home and abroad.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Bronx Zoo Education

Mathmania

Grades 5-8

Grade appropriate math exercises, animal demonstrations and exhibit visits will provide students insight and appreciation for the importance of mathematics in the study and conservation of wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

School Field Trips 8th to 12th Grade

School Field Trips at the Bronx ZOO

Enrich your Class field trip to the zoo with an educational program. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo’s naturalistic exhibits and allow students up-close encounters with animals from the Zoo’s unmatched educational animal collection in a supervised environment. We have programs for specific for all grade levels and ages.

Please call 718-741-1681 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process. Click Here to view the cancellation policy.

School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo 8th to 12th Grade

Cheetah

Predators…and Prey

Grades 7-9

How are cheetahs able to hunt alone whereas lions hunt in groups? How are gazelles able to escape from the fastest moving land animal? In this program, students will observe and examine the hunters and the hunted to determine the adaptations each has for eating or avoiding being eaten.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

 

Langur

Primate Behavior

Grades 7-9

What’s the difference between a lip flip and an eyebrow raise? What’s a bluff charge? In this program students will observe primates including gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, and ebony langurs. They will use ethograms to collect and analyze data to learn about this unique order of mammals.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Zoo Exhibit Design

Grades 9-12

Students will explore the amazing world of zoo exhibit design – a field that combines wildlife biology, art, education, math, botany, and technology. Your class will see the Zoo through new eyes as they analyze exhibits to understand and appreciate how the field of zoo exhibit design contributes to conservation.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Zebra

Wildlife Careers

Grades 9-12

There is an amazing diversity of wildlife careers to be found in a modern zoo. In this program, students will meet animals in the classroom and visit naturalistic exhibits to explore the multitude of careers involved in the care and conservation of wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

School Outreach Programs PreK to 5th Grade

School Field Trips at the Bronx ZOO

Enrich your Class field trip to the zoo with an educational program. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo’s naturalistic exhibits and allow students up-close encounters with animals from the Zoo’s unmatched educational animal collection in a supervised environment. We have programs for specific for all grade levels and ages.

Please call 718-741-1681 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process. Click Here to view the cancellation policy.

School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo Pre-K to 5th Grade

Box Turtle

Animal Alphabet

Pre-K

Animal alphabet friends including a charming chinchilla and tantalizing turtle will help early learners recognize, identify, and write letters to solve wildlife word puzzles. From antelopes to zebras, your students will discover a living alphabet at his or her fingertips.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Flamingo

1, 2, Counting at the Zoo

Pre-K

Your students will explore the amazing variety of animal life while practicing their math skills. Up-close meetings with animals and storytelling will reinforce students’ recognition of numerals and help them examine the different relationships among numbers.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Bronx Zoo Education

Size and Shape

Grades K-2

Students will compare and contrast sizes and shapes and recognize these as adaptations that help an animal to survive. Science based activities also support English language art and math skills when exploring measurement as well as how animals grow and change.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Tiger

Textures and Patterns

Grades K-2

Students will explore the variety of textures and patterns that exist in the natural world. In addition to hands-on encounters with animals and visiting zoo exhibits, students will examine Mystery Texture Buckets and solve pattern puzzles.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Red-eyed Tree Frog

Colors

Grades K-2

Why are animals the colors they are? How does an animal’s color help it to survive? Your students will discover the answers to these questions by visiting Zoo exhibits including Madagascar and JungleWorld as well as through up close observations of animals in the classroom.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Sea Lions

Sounds

Grades K-2

From a tiger’s growl to a sea lion’s bark, the program will develop students’ awareness of the variety of sounds that animals make. Students will be able to identify specific animal sounds and understand that these sounds communicate specific information.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Guanaco

Moves and Meals

Grades K-2

This program will introduce students to a variety of animal locomotion styles and the reasons that animals move from place to place. Students will observe animals in the classroom to identify carnivores from herbivores and omnivores and identify the adaptations each has for finding food.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Collard Lemur

Animal Survival Needs

Grades K-2

In this program, students will explore what a habitat is along with identifying the living and non-living parts. Students will recognize what animals need to get from their habitat to survive and how they get it.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Wolf's Guenon

Mammals

Grades K-3

Students will explore Mammal Clue Kits to discover the unique characteristics of mammals and learn what sets them apart from other classes of animals. Up-close visits from some furry friends along with visits to zoo exhibits make this program an excellent learning opportunity.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Macaw

Bird

Grades K-3

From feathers and beaks to eggs and nests, students will learn about the major characteristics of birds. Visits to zoo exhibits and in-class observations of a couple of fine-feathered friends will complete this all avian adventure.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Girdled Lizard

Reptiles and Amphibians

Grades K-3

Through small group work and hands-on activities, students will compare and contrast these two classes of animals. Students will walk away from this program with an appreciation of all things scaly and slimy.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Giraffe

Wildlife and Habitats of Africa

Grades 3-4

This exciting interdisciplinary program offers a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the African experience as they travel on an Adaptation Safari and meet African animals up-close in the classroom.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Gorilla

Saving Africa’s Wildlife

Grades 3-4

Students will explore the plight of Africa’s endangered animals including gorillas, rhinos and elephants. They will investigate the impact that people have had on the environment and what conservation actions can be taken to protect Africa’s wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Polar Bear

Endangered Wildlife

Grades 3-5

What are the major causes of wildlife endangerment and extinction? In this program, students will learn the answers to this question by investigating Threats to Wildlife Boxes and visiting the zoo’s exhibits. Students will discuss issues involved with the development or protection of wildlife areas and leave this program with an understanding of conservation actions they can do everyday.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Bronx River

Temperate Forests

Grades 3-5

In this program, students will explore the characteristics of this New York City habitat, discover how animals that live there adapt to seasonal changes and complete a Temperate Forest Journal.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Makira

Rainforests

Grades 3-5

Students will learn about the characteristics of tropical rainforests including the stratification and biodiversity of plant and animal species that live there. Students will also discover the ways in which humans depend on the rainforest in their everyday lives.

Time: 2 hours/session Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Lion

Grasslands

Grades 3-5

Students will explore Habitat Boxes and the Bronx Zoo’s African Plains to learn about the unique characteristics of the grassland habitats and the adaptations that animals have to survive there.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

Surinam Horned Frog

Wild Poetry

Grades 3-5

With the Bronx Zoo’s incredible animals and exhibits as their inspiration, your students will enhance their observation skills and build their literacy skills as they learn how to write an ode for a toad or creative words about birds. In the classroom, students will be introduced to amazing animal adaptations and explore 5 fundamental forms of poetry.

Time: 2 hours/session Fee: $250/session

Bronx Zoo Class Registration Information

School Outreach Programs (5th to 8th Grade)

Bronx ZOO Field Trips To You!

OutReach Programs

Can not make into the Zoo? Try our Distance learning Program to bring the Zoo to your class room!

Take your students on a trip to the Zoo without setting foot outside your own classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo can bring engaging programs for K-12 students right into your own classroom—live! All Distance Learning Expeditions include several live animal “guests”—lemurs, lizards, owls and more. Programs are approximately 50 minutes and include extensive teacher support materials. These time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and have received rave reviews from students and teachers alike.

An extensive teacher guide accompanies every program including:

  • Tips on preparing for a videoconference
  • Content background
  • National Science Education Standards correlation
  • Lesson plans for pre-conference activities
  • Lesson plans for post-conference activities
  • Reproducible student materials

Technical Requirements

Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast at a minimum speed of 384 Kbps using a Tandberg Codec 6000 videoconference unit via H.323 standard over Internet Protocol (IP). To receive an IP videoconference, you must have a broadband connection.  For schools without  videoconferencing units, Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast via the computer-based, web platform, SAFARI Montage Live!  Minimum hardware for schools using SAFARI Montage Live! include a computer, web camera, and headphones.  Check with your district or building technology coordinator to see if your school is compatible.

Cost

Each program is priced at $180 per single class with a maximum of 35 students.

Availability

7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST. Due to the popularity of these programs, please reserve three weeks in advance.

Awesome Adaptations

Grades 5-8, Approx. 50 minutes

If you’ve been to a zoo lately, you may have seen some odd-looking creatures and wondered why some animal body parts are so unusual. In this program students will uncover the mystery of land animals’ feet. Adaptation, a challenging yet essential concept, becomes clear in this program. Understanding how physical adaptations are related to the environment will lead students to additional insights, such as why an animal cannot survive when its habitat is destroyed.

Food Webs

Grades 4-6, Approx. 50 minutes

Each individual species is concerned with obtaining energy – energy to keep going, energy to grow, energy to reproduce, energy for survival. Starting with analyzing their own breakfast, students examine the flow of energy in living systems as represented in food chains and webs. Students discover the role of producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, as they build an actual food web.

Leaping Lemurs! Conservation on the Edge

Grades 6-8, Approx. 50 minutes

Take your students to the heart of Madagascar. Visit diverse habitats and explore the relationships between lemurs and their environments. Live cameras will transport your class to the Bronx Zoo’s new Madagascar! exhibit, where students will observe lemurs, fossas, and a ring-tailed mongoose, and make decisions on how to best protect them and their native habitats.

Videoconference Demonstration

Teachers & Administrators, 15 minutes, Free of Charge

Is your school new to videoconferencing? Connect with the Bronx Zoo to explore its Distance Learning Program. Teachers and administrators will observe a live animal and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding lessons and registration policies and procedures.

School outreach Programs (8th to 12th Grade)

Bronx ZOO Field Trips To You!

OutReach Programs

Can not make into the Zoo? Try our Distance learning Program to bring the Zoo to your class room!

Take your students on a trip to the Zoo without setting foot outside your own classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo can bring engaging programs for K-12 students right into your own classroom—live! All Distance Learning Expeditions include several live animal “guests”—lemurs, lizards, owls and more. Programs are approximately 50 minutes and include extensive teacher support materials. These time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and have received rave reviews from students and teachers alike.

An extensive teacher guide accompanies every program including:

  • Tips on preparing for a videoconference
  • Content background
  • National Science Education Standards correlation
  • Lesson plans for pre-conference activities
  • Lesson plans for post-conference activities
  • Reproducible student materials

Technical Requirements

Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast at a minimum speed of 384 Kbps using a Tandberg Codec 6000 videoconference unit via H.323 standard over Internet Protocol (IP). To receive an IP videoconference, you must have a broadband connection.  For schools without  videoconferencing units, Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast via the computer-based, web platform, SAFARI Montage Live!  Minimum hardware for schools using SAFARI Montage Live! include a computer, web camera, and headphones.  Check with your district or building technology coordinator to see if your school is compatible.

Cost

Each program is priced at $180 per single class with a maximum of 35 students.

Availability

7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST. Due to the popularity of these programs, please reserve three weeks in advance.

Madagascar, Conserving Biodiversity

Grades 9-12, Approx. 50 minutes

How do scientists protect the future of a species? Students will answer this question as they explore the diverse world of lemurs at the Bronx Zoo’s new Madagascar! exhibit. Live cameras will transport your class to our lemur exhibits, where students will explore the world of biodiversity. Through observation and classroom activities, students will learn what it takes to ensure a future for lemurs. This program has a strong focus on the role of genetics and geography in wildlife conservation, and includes visiting our fossa and ring-tailed mongoose exhibits.

Videoconference Demonstration

Teachers & Administrators, 15 minutes, Free of Charge

Is your school new to videoconferencing? Connect with the Bronx Zoo to explore its Distance Learning Program. Teachers and administrators will observe a live animal and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding lessons and registration policies and procedures.

Teacher Professional Development

Teacher Development Programs

The Education Division of WCS offers a variety of learning experiences for teachers. Whether on-site at one of our five WCS parks across the city, online from the comfort of your home, or through our partnerships, teachers can earn credit as they learn how to connect to wild nature.

On-site Professional Development

The Education Division of WCS offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for teachers. Teacher courses are held at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo. WCS courses for teachers of grades K–12 help bring a new dimension to your lessons, whether you teach science, math, language arts, or anything in between! Professional development courses can also be provided at your school or district. Call 718-220-5136 for more information.

Our multi-disciplinary programs are aligned with both state and national education standards.

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Online Teacher Academy

Professional Development Department invites K-12 educators to take a walk on the wild side. Whether teaching for schools or non-traditional settings, our Online Teacher Academy offers something for every teacher!

Our courses conveniently enhance your understanding of the living world and revitalize your love for nature and science. Entirely online, these six-week courses provide unique opportunities to examine the life sciences of zoology, ecology and conservation, through topics including predators, marine biology, habitat ecology, and climate connections.

Realizing it’s not just what we teach, but how we teach it, our courses elaborate on effective science education practices. Pedagogical studies will better equip you to facilitate scientific learning and promote STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and curriculum.

  • Enhance your teaching and use of technology in the classroom
  • Learn from virtual and interactive simulations, videos, and presentations from WCS scientists
  • Interact with educators around the world
  • Graduate credits available
  • Receive excellent, ready-to-use education resources

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FREE Webinars

Wildlife Conservation Society Webinars are a unique opportunity to learn more about animals and the science of studying wildlife.   As a participant, you will learn about WCS field research and conservation work as you listen to conservation stories from our field researchers.

Appropriate for ANYONE interested in learning more about wildlife and conservation, WCS Webinars are FREE and easily accessible through our E-Learning Portal (http://pd.wcs.org).  WCS Webinars also include an additional element specific to educators wishing to learn more about how to bring these engaging topics to students.

During the Webinar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn more about wildlife and wild places, around the world
  • discover ways WCS works to save wildlife and wild places through research and conservation
  • enjoy conservation stories from WCS field researchers
  • view spectacular wildlife photos, video and presentations
  • discover how you can help save wildlife and wild places
  • explore strategies and resources to enhance your curriculum with wildlife!

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Urban Advantage

Urban Advantage (UA) is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and science centers. UA involves institutions outside the formal education system that support the science-specific goals of the public school system.

Urban Advantage was launched in 2004 in New York City by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in collaboration with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, and the New York City Department of Education, with leadership funding from the New York City Council.

UA began by assessing and responding to the science education needs of NYC middle schools. Assessment results showed a severe shortage of qualified science teachers. At the same time, a new city-wide mandate required all eighth grade students to complete long-term scientific investigations (known as “exit projects” in New York City). This provided the program with a clear focus: eighth grade student exit projects.

Urban Advantage Framework: Six Components

  • High-quality professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Classroom materials and equipment that promote scientific inquiry and authentic investigations
  • Access to UA partner institutions through free school and family field trips
  • Outreach through family events, celebrations of student achievement, and parent coordinator workshops
  • Capacity-building and sustainability structures, including a network of demonstration schools and support for the development of lead teachers
  • Assessment of program goals, student learning, systems delivery, and outcomes

For more information, read the Urban Advantage brochure.

WCS / Fordham University – Master of Science Degree in Education

Earn your Master of Science degree in Teaching Adolescence Biology/Conservation Life Science (Grades 7-12) or Master of Science degree in Education, Curriculum and Teaching with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science degree focused on professional development in the field of Conservation Life Science and Environmental Education.

The first degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, this unique partnership addresses dire need for well-trained science educators with increased knowledge in the sciences, better teaching skills, confidence in science teaching and an understanding of the value of informal science institutions as resources for teaching science.

Courses offered by the Wildlife Conservation Society focus on science content and best practices in science education; including topics such as:

  • conservation biology
  • habitat ecology
  • conservation challenges
  • field studies
  • inquiry-based learning
  • technology integration to teach conservation life science and environmental education

Courses offered by the Fordham University Graduate School of Education focus on teaching methods, the psychology of adolescent development and learning, learning environments for adolescents, and teaching linguistically and culturally diverse adolescents. The program involves field experiences based on a teaching fellowship model at the Bronx Zoo and a variation of the New York City Department of Education’s Teaching Fellows Program.

For more information about this graduate program, visit the following links:

Degree Details

Program Brochure

Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education

FORDHAM magazine article “At the Zoo”

The Fordham University / Wildlife Conservation Society NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

Summer Camp and Youth Group Trips

Bronx Zoo Group Sales

Visit the world’s largest urban zoo and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.

Group Minimum: 10

Click here for more info on Winter Rates

Ticket Options

Total Experience Ticket*: Includes admission and unlimited access to special rides and attractions available during your date of visit. These may include:

  • Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Children’s Zoo
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle
  • 4-D Theater
  • JungleWorld

*Some rides and attractions are open seasonally. Availability is also subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues.

General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.

Advanced Reservation Group Sales*

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GENERAL ADMISSION
ADULT $24.00 $15.00
SENIOR (65+) $22.00 $13.00
CHILD (3-12) $20.00 $11.00
STUDENTS/CAMPERS** $19.00 $10.00
CHAPERONES $19.00 $10.00

*These rates apply to advanced and prepaid group bookings only. On site rates will vary. **Applies to grades K-12.

Group Trip Planning Information

Visitor Info and Group Sales

Animals & Exhibits >> Activities >> Visitor Rules >> Programs & Tours >> Bronx Zoo Map >> Dining Options >> Accessibility >> FAQs >>

Visit the world’s largest urban zoo and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.

Group Minimum: 10

Click here for more info on Winter Rates >>

Ticket Options

Total Experience Ticket*: Includes admission and unlimited access to special rides and attractions available during your date of visit. These may include:

  • Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Children’s Zoo
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle
  • 4-D Theater
  • JungleWorld

*Some rides and attractions are open seasonally. Availability is also subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues. General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.

Advanced Reservation Group Sales*

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GENERAL ADMISSION
ADULT $24.00 $15.00
SENIOR (65+) $22.00 $13.00
CHILD (3-12) $20.00 $11.00
STUDENTS/CAMPERS** $19.00 $10.00
CHAPERONES $19.00 $10.00

*These rates apply to advanced and prepaid group bookings only. On site rates will vary. **Applies to grades K-12.

Group Sales Policies and Procedures

  • All group ticket sales receive 1 complimentary ticket per 20 tickets purchased.
  • Student/Camp Groups require 1 adult chaperone for every 10 minors and chaperones must remain with their group at all times.
  • Payment must be received in advance to receive the group rate, otherwise regular rates or additional fees may apply.
  • There are NO REFUNDS on deposits or full payment. Reservations may be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.  WCS parks are open rain or shine and no refunds are issued due to inclement weather.
  • Purchase Orders are not considered a form of payment. Actual payments must be received prior to your group’s scheduled visit date.*Exception: NYC Board of Education Purchase Orders will be accepted as long as an approved copy is received by Group Sales prior to your group’s scheduled visit date.*
  • Any unused pre-paid tickets may be exchanged for OPEN EXCHANGE TICKETS upon your groups check-in at admissions. Open tickets are valid one year from the date printed.  Tickets will not be exchanged once group has entered the park.
  • WCS is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged tickets.  Therefore, tickets will not be replaced and no refund will be given.

Additional Fees

  • PARKING: $18 per bus. All buses must park in the Southern Boulevard parking lot, unless otherwise directed. Please note that bus parking is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • MAILING TICKETS: Tickets may be mailed in advance for a fee of $15 or FREE if full payment for group order is received 2 weeks prior to group visit date and includes pre-paid bus parking. Mailing of tickets must be requested upon submitting payment.

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  • cindyvu

    I always loved the Bronx zoo as a child and now as a parent I
    share this love with my kids. I had them attend their summer camp and they
    loved it of course. Now, the both of them want to keep going and one wants to
    work there , lol but it will be at least ten years before he can even think
    about it being possible.’ he doesn’t understand the reason why six years old
    cant work’