Programs for Adults

Who Can Attend Adult Programs

The zoo is not just for kids. Join us to learn about animals and help with special conservation efforts in one of our adult-only programs. Adult programs are for teens 15 years old and over and all adults. Teens must be accompanied by another registered adult. For more information, please contact 201-634-3100 ext. 3125.

Horseshoe Crab Census

Each spring, the zoo travels to Cape May to observe horseshoe crabs' annual mating ritual - and to participate in an organized horseshoe crab census. This is a two-part program; you may register for the zoo class, the field component, or both.

Come to the zoo to learn all about these incredible creatures, their ecological significance, and participate in a mock horseshoe crab census. For those wishing to "get their feet wet" and learn more, join us again on a May or June weekend in Cape May to count horseshoe crabs for the census and observe the world-famous shore bird migration.


The zoo has recently started participating in amphibian field work; come learn how we monitor the frog populations in Van Saun Park, and learn how you can help us monitor our frogs, or monitor the frogs in your own backyard.

This program consists of a classroom portion and a walk into the park. Great activity for families, individuals, and civic / scout groups.

Discovery Center

The zoo's Education / Discovery Center is open every day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop inside to discover what awaits you. From the marine touch tank, to the computer kiosk games, to nature videos in our mini theater, the Discovery Center is a great place to take a break and get in out of the cold, heat or rain. Groups must be chaperoned.

Nursing Home / Senior Center Programs

Would you like a zoo animal to visit your residents / clients every month? Consider our Animal Encounters program. Teams of specially-trained volunteers travel to nursing homes throughout Bergen County to spread a little sunshine with a special animal visitor. We currently have 23 facilities enrolled in this program, which is offered free of charge to Bergen County nursing homes / long-term care facilities.

Call our volunteer coordinator at 201-634-3100, ext. 3124 to find out about the availability of having an animal encounters team come to you.

Zoo Educator

Looking for something more in-depth? Schedule a one-time visit with a zoo educator to talk to you about the history of the zoo, what we're doing now, and what we plan to be in the future.

Contact our zoo educator at 201-634-3100, ext. 3125 to schedule a "Zoo History" presentation. Great for active senior programs, as well as civic organization guest speaker engagements, a $100 outreach program fee applies.