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Education is at the heart of our mission at the Utica Zoo. Our education department has been presenting experiential programs for learners of all ages since 1965.


Using live animals, bio-facts, and instruction; Utica Zoo education staff and trained docents offer a variety of programs from formal classroom presentations to drop in animal meet and greets. All programs are designed to raise awareness about conservation issues through the exploration of habitats, animal natural history and behavior, and plant and animal diversity.

The Utica Zoo’s education department is fully chartered by the New York State Department of Education and all of our programs are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards and NYS P-12 learning Standards.

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Home School Programs

Home School Program The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes age-appropriate activities, crafts, PowerPoint Presentations, ...
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Hatchlings Discovery Stations

Hatchlings (18 months – 2 years) Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center for your toddler ...
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Zoo Adventures STEM Academy

Zoo Adventures STEM Academy STEM Education for Kids Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it ...
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Zoo Camps

Zoo Camp Registration If you are interested in registering for a zoo camp session, please email the Education Department at ...
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Field Trips

Utica Zoo Field Trips Every year the Utica Zoo is visited by thousands of kids and adults from schools and ...
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Birthday Parties

Utica Zoo Birthday Parties Come celebrate your birthday at the wildest place in town! We offer multiple Birthday Party packages ...
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Education Docents and Interns

Utica Zoo Education Docents (18 years or older) Utica Zoo is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join ...
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Teacher Resources

Utica Zoo Teacher Resources The Utica Zoo can be used as an awesome extension to your classroom! Use it to teach ...
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  What Programs are Offered through the Utica Zoo ZooMobile? We offer many different programs to fit your unique needs! ...
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