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Educational Group Programs

Enhance your group outing by reserving an Education Program! They're great for all ages!
Programs are held in the Education & Discovery Center
Group programs are intended for schools, scouts, etc.

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Program Information

  • Programs are offered year-round
  • Max of 25 students and 3 adults per program.
  • Programs are 30-45 minutes
  • All programs include live animal guests.
  • Programs are inside the Education Center and take place rain or shine.
  • Admission, train, and carousel are NOT included.
  • Buy tickets for admission and/or extra amenities at the front gate or contact crugani@co.bergen.nj.us // 201-634-3110 to book in advance.

Reservation Information

  • Programs can be scheduled by contacting us: mczinn@co.bergen.nj.us // 201-634-3108 or garpino@co.bergen.nj.us // 201-634-3125
  • Education programs must be booked at least 3 - 6 weeks in advance.
  • April, May, and June are the busiest times of our year so please contact us early!

Program Fees

ON-SITE PROGRAMS

In Bergen County

$50 per program

Out of County $100 per program

OFF-SITE PROGRAMS (only available within Bergen County)

Initial Program $100
Additional Programs
Must be booked on the same day
$50

There is one topic per program.
Please select a topic from the following lists for the appropriate age group:

PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

Animal Adaptations
Discover what adaptations animals have to survive in the wild.

Habitats
Explore some examples of habitats and the different animals that live there.

Reptiles
Take an in-depth look into reptiles and their unique characteristics.

PRE-K - KINDERGARTEN

Wild & Crafty
Consists of a story, an animal visitor, and a craft.

Animal Coverings
Learn about different animals that are covered in fur, feathers, scales, and skin.

GRADES 1 - 5

Animal Classifications
Learn how to distinguish animals based on their classifications.

Endangered Species
Learn about what endangered species are and how you can help them.

Beautiful Bugs
Learn about the difference between insects and arachnids.

GRADES 6 - 12

Zoo Careers
Learn about all the different types of jobs you can have in a zoo.

Outreach Programming

Want the Zoo to come to you? We offer Outreach Programs for facilities within Bergen County!
All topics listed above can be an Outreach Program.

Call our email us for more information and availability:

Melissa Czinn
MCzinn@co.bergen.nj.us // 201 - 634 - 3108
or
Giulia Arpino
GArpino@co.bergen.nj.us // 201 - 634 – 3125

A permit is required for groups of 10 or more to use picnic areas in Van Saun County Park. Groups of less than 10 may use unoccupied picnic areas on a first come, first serve basis. Picnic permits can be acquired at www.co.bergen.nj.us/permits.

Contact Us

 Bergen County Zoo

Phone: 201-634-3100


 Bergen County Department of Parks

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7275