The Utica Zoo can be used as an awesome extension to your classroom! Use it to teach your students about classification, endangered species, habitats, adaptations or any topic you can imagine.
Every year the Utica Zoo is visited by thousands of kids and adults from schools and other organizations throughout the region. Your group has many options to choose from when visiting the zoo. All our programs support New York State learning standards.
Prices: Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted group rates.
Students (4-13) $2.50
Teachers and Other Staff Free
Additional Adults $4.25
Reserve your date now by downloading our Group Reservation Form and faxing it to the Education Department at 315-738-0475; or mail to Utica Zoo, 99 Steele Hill Road, Utica, NY 13501. For more information or to schedule a Guided Tour or Animal Presentation, email the education department at Mary.Hall@uticazoo.org.
Field Trip Options include:
Self-Guided Tour: Explore the zoo on your own using our teacher’s guide. This guide is packed with information about our animals, as well as activities and ideas to help make your trip more fun and focused.
Guided Tours: If you would like to go more in depth during your visit, let a staff member or volunteer docent guide your group around the zoo. Your students will have fun learning from our knowledgeable and interesting tour guides. A tour generally last an hour and can be geared toward any age group. Maximum 20 students.
Animal Encounters: Add a fun and interactive learning experience by booking a personal animal encounter. These hands-on presentations usually last 30 to 45 minutes and feature 3 or 4 of our education animals and/or touchable bio-facts.
Zoo Introduction: Start off your day at the zoo with one of animal ambassadors! A zoo educator and one of our education animals will meet your group in the amphitheater and give a short introduction to the zoo. Included will be the zoo’s history, our signature animals and a brief synopsis of the rules. Then you will be on your own to explore the zoo. This is a good choice for large groups.
The Utica Zoo has a variety of resource boxes available for teachers to borrow for their classrooms. These boxes contain activity ideas and materials, artifacts, boxes, videos, etc. Everything you need to make your lessons hands-on and fun. These boxes are available for loan for up to two week periods. A deposit fee of $30.00 is required, $20.00 of which is refundable upon the return of the box. The borrower is responsible for the pick-up and return of the boxes. The following boxes are available:
Invertebrates - Contains insect biodiversity mount, metamorphosis mount, wasp nest, honeycomb, Tarantula molt, puzzles, books, videos, & activity packs.
Amphibians - Contains frog metamorphosis mount, frog skull, tape of frog calls, videos, puzzles, books, games, & activity ideas.
Reptiles - Contains lizard, snake and turtle skulls, turtle shells, snake skins, alligator eggs, snake skeleton, video, books, games, & activity ideas.
Birds - Contains bird skulls, feathers, nests, eggs, feet, books, bird songs, videos, games, & activity ideas.
Birds-of-Prey - Contains owl wing, skull, and foot, owl pellet and their prey mount, owl pellets, books, videos, games, & activity ideas.
Bats - Contains bat skeleton, bat skulls, games, books, videos, & activity ideas.
Tiger - Contains tiger hair, tooth, claw, nest, & Realm of Tiger teacher kit.
Rainforests - Contains feathers, bird, ocelot, sloth and monkey skulls, rainforest products, videos, activity books, puzzles, and games.
Dinosaurs - Contains foot prints, velociraptor skull and claw, duckbill skin, triceratops and T-Rex tooth, dinosaur egg, games, videos, and books.
Tracks & Teeth - Contains track molds and skulls from native animals, books, & activity ideas.
Stop by the zoo to check out these and other great resources we have that can help make your lessons exciting and memorable.
For more information, please contact: Mary Hall, Education Curator
Phone: 315-738-0472 Ext. 26 E-mail: email@example.com