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WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! After more than 100 days of being closed, we have finally re-opened and are welcoming visitors from 10 am-4 pm every day! We can’t wait to see you!

Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

Home School Program

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2019/2020 Homeschool Program Schedule & Description

This school year we are kicking off a fully revamped Utica Zoo Home school Program!

Our new program will involve interactive STEM-based learning stations throughout our Auditorium and zoo grounds. These stations will be set up for students to explore independently, or with the guidance of their parents/guardians or our zoo educators. Each class will also include worksheets, activities, or other materials that will be differentiated by grade level. Endangered species, conservation, and adaptations are just a few of the topics we might cover during our classes, and each class will always feature different ambassador animals to meet and learn about. See the full list of dates and topics below.

We invite home school families with children from all grade levels, from Kindergarten through 12th grade to stop in and enjoy our program each month. This program may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade levels or requirements.

The Details:


-$7.00/child (child admission included in this price) + adult admission

-Adult admission is free for Utica Zoo members

Pre-registration & Who to contact:

-Pre-registration is require for our Homeschool program

-ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN; payment will be due at time of registration

-If you wish to register over the phone please contact the education department; phone: 315-738-0472 ext. 34

Class Time & Where to go:

-Each class is held at 1 pm – 4 pm; this new flexible time frame will allow for families to be able to come whenever they can (no need to arrive right at 1 pm if you cannot make it!)

-Check in and main activities will take place in the Auditorium; be sure to check in at the entrance building to purchase admission tickets/receive a sticker (as your entry into the class)

*Don’t forget to dress for the weather, just in case we go outside!


Class Schedule & Topics


Topic Description

October 17th, 2019

Changing with the Season Learning how behaviors such as migration, estivation, brumation, and hibernation allow animals to survive the changing seasons.

November 14th, 2019


Learn how the ecosystem can influence the animals that live within.

-A look at Rainforests, Deserts, and grasslands

January 16th, 2020

Classification How do we define and identify animals? Basic taxonomic classification of reptiles, birds, and mammals.

February 13th, 2020

Endangered Animals

How do animals become endangered and what are the measures we take to save them.

March 26th, 2020

Invasive Species

What determines the ‘invasiveness’ of a species? Find out what traits make these organisms a danger to any ecosystem.

April 16th, 2020 Conservation

Learn about how we are protecting our ecosystems and the difficulties that are faced.

May 21st, 2020

Adaptations – Birds & Reptiles

Feathers? Scales? How do these structures help our scaly and flighted friends to survive.

June 18th, 2020

Adaptations- Mammals

Whiskers, Hairs, and furry things. Learn how our mammalian friends utilize hairs in order to survive.