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 levels or requirements.


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2019/2020 Homeschool Program Schedule & Description

This school year we are kicking off a fully revamped Utica Zoo Homeschool 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 our zoo educators. Each class will also include worksheets, activities, or other materials that will be differentiated by grade level. We invite homeschool families with children from all grade levels, from Kindergarten through 12th grade to stop in and enjoy our homeschool program each month.

The Details

*Each class is held at 1 pm – 4 pm; this new flexible timeframe 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!)

*Pre-registration is required.

-Contact the education department @ 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or nicolette.hajdasz@uticazoo.org

*Class pricing: $7.00/child (child admission included in this price) + adult admission

-Adult admission is free for Utica Zoo members

-A discounted rate of $5.00/child if paying for multiple sessions at a time (at least 4 sessions must be purchased at the same time in order to receive this discount).

*Class check-in will take place in the Auditorium (where instructions and guidance will be given upon arrival).

*Please be sure to dress for the weather, in case we go outside!

Schedule of classes

Month

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

Ecosystems

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 12th, 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.

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