Educational Programs

Virtual programs available!

In-person programs are not available at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Bergen County Zoo offers education programs for everyone

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. While visiting the zoo is always fun and educational, you can enhance your experience here with an educational program!

Education Programs are held in the Zoo’s Education/Discovery Center, rain or shine. We offer on-site programs from September to June or off-site programs (in Bergen County only) from September to March. Programs are available for all ages (four-years-old and up), individual or in groups.

For more information regarding education programs, please contact Carol Fusco at cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us or (201)-634-3125.

Registration

Reservation forms must be received at least one month prior to the requested program date. 

Program Fees

All fees are per class, both in-person and virtual. Each class consists of approximately 25 students.

On-site and Virtual Programs:

  • Bergen County groups: $50 per class
  • Out-of-county groups: $100 per class

Outreach Programs:

Outreach Programs are offered to Bergen County groups only from September to March. Enjoy the same programs and animals you would meet in our Education/Discovery Center right at the doorstep of your facility! We can accommodate up to three outreach programs per day.

  • Bergen County groups: $100 for one class; $50 for additional classes on the same visit
  • Out-of-county groups: Outreach Programs are not available for our of county groups.

In-County Library Programs:

  • Outreach: $50 each
  • Virtual: $50 each

Additional Admission Fees Information:

There is an admission fee to the Bergen County Zoo daily from May through October. This admission fee is waived for children and 3 adults per class that have reserved an educational program through our Education Department. Additional adults must pay the admission fee, even if there are coming with a registered group.

Our Programs

Program

Description

Age (grade group)

Length of Program

Animal Families

A fun informative program about animals and their families.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

30-40 min

Animal Tales

Enjoy listening to a fun story and activity.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Backyard Safari

Learn about animals you may see right in your own town.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

30-40 min

Animal Wrappers

Learn about animal classification and what makes each animal group unique.

K – 5th

30-40 min

Beautiful Bugs

Explore the amazing world of invertebrates!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Colors and Patterns in Nature

Investigate some of the colors and patterns seen in nature with us!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Wild Pets

Let’s discuss the difference between wild and domestic animals.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Habitat Survivor

How do animals survive in nature so well? Join us to discover this.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Perfectly Pollinated

Learn about the many pollinating animals and why they are so important!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Amazon River Basin

Let’s learn about the biodiversity of the rainforest.

3rd – 12th

30-40 min

Reptile Freestyle

What makes a reptile a reptile? Let’s explore the world of these scaly wonders!

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Animal Adaptations

To live in an environment, you must adapt to it! Let’s see how animals use their adaptations to survive in the wild.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Yellowstone National Park

Learn about the varied habitats as well as the effect the re-introduction of an extirpated species to the area.

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Eerie Evolutions

A deep look into evolutions and understanding the concept of adaptations over time.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Kingdom Kitchen

A conversation about energy transfer.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

General Geology

A look at the factors that determine a habitat and the adaptations needed to survive in each biome.

5th – 8th

30-40 min

Zoo Careers

An overview of the many varied careers at the zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Patterns in Nature (catered to older groups)

Patterns can be found all over the world. Learn some of the theories of nature patterns such as symmetry, fractals, and the Fibonacci Numbers.

5th – 12th

30-40 min

Primates

Learn difference between new and old world primates and see the wonderful primate residents here at the Bergen County Zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Program

Description

Age (grade group)

Length of Program

Animal Families

A fun informative program about animals and their families.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

30-40 min

Animal Tales

Enjoy listening to a fun story and activity.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Backyard Safari

Learn about animals you may see right in your own town.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

30-40 min

Animal Wrappers

Learn about animal classification and what makes each animal group unique.

K – 5th

30-40 min

Beautiful Bugs

Explore the amazing world of invertebrates!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Colors and Patterns in Nature

Investigate some of the colors and patterns seen in nature with us!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Wild Pets

Let’s discuss the difference between wild and domestic animals.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Habitat Survivor

How do animals survive in nature so well? Join us to discover this.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Perfectly Pollinated

Learn about the many pollinating animals and why they are so important!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Amazon River Basin

Let’s learn about the biodiversity of the rainforest.

3rd – 12th

30-40 min

Reptile Freestyle

What makes a reptile a reptile? Let’s explore the world of these scaly wonders!

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Animal Adaptations

To live in an environment, you must adapt to it! Let’s see how animals use their adaptations to survive in the wild.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Yellowstone National Park

Learn about the varied habitats as well as the effect the re-introduction of an extirpated species to the area.

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Eerie Evolutions

A deep look into evolutions and understanding the concept of adaptations over time.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Kingdom Kitchen

A conversation about energy transfer.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

General Geology

A look at the factors that determine a habitat and the adaptations needed to survive in each biome.

5th – 8th

30-40 min

Zoo Careers

An overview of the many varied careers at the zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Patterns in Nature (catered to older groups)

Patterns can be found all over the world. Learn some of the theories of nature patterns such as symmetry, fractals, and the Fibonacci Numbers.

5th – 12th

30-40 min

Primates

Learn difference between new and old world primates and see the wonderful primate residents here at the Bergen County Zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Scout Programs

Scout programs last approximately 45 minutes. We will cover all the information necessary to earn your badge (for badge requirements, please refer to your scout book). Badges are not provided by the Bergen County Zoo. Below are the options for scout programs.

Cub Scout Tiger Program(s)

  • Tigers in the Wild - Requirements 1 - 4, 6 & 7

 

Cub Scout Wolf Program(s)

  • Digging in the Past - Requirements 1 - 6; 5 (non-edible substitute used)
  • Paws on the Path I - Requirements 1-5, 7
  • Paws on the Path II - Requirements 6 & 8

 

Cub Scout Bear Program(s)

  • Fur, Feathers and Ferns - Requirements 1 - 6
  • Weblos Elective Adventure
  • Into the Wild - Requirements 3 - 8 complete
  • Earth Rocks - Requirements 1 - 6 complete

 

Boy Scout Merit Badges

  • Ask us how we can help to "study" Merit Badge Programs
  • Nature
  • Veterinary Medicine

 

Daisy Scout

  • Wild and Crafty Animal Tales
  • In My Backyard

 

Brownies

  • Brownie Bugs

 

Junior Girl Scouts

  • Habitats

 

Cadet/Senior Scout

  • All About Birds
  • Zoo Careers

Contact Us

Carol Fusco

Program Coordinator

201-634-3125

cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us


 Bergen County Department of Parks

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

Phone: 201-336-7275