School / Scout Programs


Education Programs take place in the Zoo's Education / Discovery Center classroom and are held rain or shine. We can accommodate one class at a time (about 25 children), up to four classes each day. While one class attends the program, the other class(es) may visit the zoo and park.

Outreach Programs

Outreach programs are available from September - March, in Bergen County only. Enjoy the same programs and animals you would meet in our Education / Discovery Center without the hassle of a class trip. We can accommodate up to three outreach programs per day.


All of our programs include a live animal demonstration and a variety of hands-on artifacts and are based on New J Core Curriculum Content Standards or Scout Badge Requirements.
  • Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Scout classes last approximately 30 minutes
  • First Grade through High School classes last approximately 45 minutes

Be Mindful of Age Groups

Please choose a program from the appropriate age group. Programs times are available seven days a week, and may begin as early as 10 a.m. Scout groups may choose from the regular school programs or the special badge program for their age group.

Teachers/Scout Leaders

School and Scout Programs are available at the zoo from September - June, or at your facility (in Bergen County only) from September - March.

Programs are available for Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 and up) through College. Check out the programs below for your group, then fill out and mail in the reservation form.


  • Registration for Fall / Winter programs begins August 1st
Reservation Forms (Education and Scout) must be received at least one month prior to your requested program date. April, May, and June are the busiest times at the zoo. To ensure that your group can attend a program, please consider coming in the winter or fall. For the best chance of reserving a spring program, send in your reservation form in December.

All programs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis