Bronx Zoo

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. 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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo

5th to 12th Grade

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School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo 5th to 12th 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Distance Learning For School Groups

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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.

Contact

For more information contact:
Ami Dobelle
Distance Learning Coordinator
P: (718) 741-1693
F: (718) 364-2225 or (718) 733-4460
E: distancelearning@wcs.org
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Additional Information

The Education Division of WCS is dedicated to providing quality services and resources to teachers in the New York City region and across the country. Our professional development courses for teachers, lesson plans, and other materials for use with grades K–12 have won awards from leading and prestigious organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education, Association of Educational Publishers, Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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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

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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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