Home School Program

The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes age-appropriate activities, crafts, PowerPoint Presentations, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our home school class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements.

Home school is open to all students (K – 12th). All classes are held in the zoo’s Auditorium for approximately one hour. The cost is $7.00/child for members and $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register your child, contact Nicolette Hajdasz at nicolette@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 34

11:00am session; K – 2nd Grade

*Students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program – sign in will be required

1:00pm session; 3rd Grade & up

*Students may be dropped off – sign in will be required


January 24th, 2019 – Hopping into the New Year!

Let’s learn about animal movement! Some animals strut, some waddle, some slither; we will learn about the many unique ways that animals move around, as well as meet some live animals, so that we can observe how each one moves differently. Other related activities will be included for each age group.

February 28th, 2019 – Wetland wonders

This month we will get a jump on spring and discuss wetlands. Wetlands are a very vital part of many ecosystems, which means we need to do our best to conserve them. We will have a special guest from the Solid Waste Authority coming in to speak to students about the importance of properly disposing of our garbage and recyclables, since misuse of these things could greatly affect the health of our local wetland environments. A live animal meet n’ greet with a wetland animal will take place as well.

*This month’s class will introduce a special ‘Going Green’ challenge for all of our homeschoolers to participate in. The challenge will end on April 25th (the day of the April homeschool class), and will include prizes for any child that participates. More details will be announced in class. 

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March 21st, 2019 – Endangered or Invasive?

This month we will be talking about the importance of conserving endangered species, as well as watching out for invasive species. We will meet an animal from both groups, and do some related activities to help us better understand how animals become either endangered or invasive.

April 25thLet’s Celebrate Earth Day!

May 23rdPollinators

June 13thDinosaur Discovery


Home School Program Materials


Many times, Home School learners will want to revisit material from class at home. We have made it much easier for you to download and print class materials.

Check back here after each class to download materials for review!

September 20th – Introduction to program & ‘Classification Stations’

DOWNLOAD: Classifications-Quick Quiz

DOWNLOAD:  Classifications-Quick Quiz-Answer Key

DOWNLOAD: Animal Classification Lesson

October 25th – ‘Preparing for winter’

DOWNLOAD: Hibernation Fact Sheet

November 8th – ‘Animal Coverings’

DOWNLOAD: Animal Coverings-Teacher’s Edition

DOWNLOAD: Animal Coverings Handout

DOWNLOAD: Coverings Craft

December 6th – What’s That Track?

DOWNLOAD: Guide to Animal Tracks

DOWNLOAD: Animal Tracks Detailed Study Sheet

DOWNLOAD: Animal Tracks Activity Sheet

DOWNLOAD: Track Hunt Activity Sheet

January 24th – Hopping into the New year!

DOWNLOAD: Animal Movement Worksheet

February 28th – Wetland Wonders

DOWNLOAD: Wetlands Information

DOWNLOAD: Wetlands Worksheet

March 21st – Endangered of Invasive?

April 25th – TBA

May 23rd – TBA

June 13th – TBA