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Zoo 2014 Activities

The people at the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus are always coming up with new events and programs to get children and families interested in visiting their great park. These programs were designed as a fun way to educate kids of various ages on the zoo, its animals, and the environment. The next program being offered by the zoo is “Zoo Careers Week1” which is a week-long program that teaches teens jobs that are available in a zoo and what it takes to be employed at one. Starting in March the zoo is introducing “Toddler Tales2” where adults can bring children approximately 2 - 4 years old to listen to stories, see the animals, and do crafts. April will bring the annual “Bergen County Zoo SpEGGtacular Hunt3” and the “Party for Planet Earth Celebration4” for a unique way to spend a nice spring day. The Bergen County Zoo also offers different summer camps5 for children and teens ages 5-15 for more comprehensive experience. Read on for further information about each individual program and visit www.co.bergen.nj.us to learn more about the Bergen County Zoo and other services our county offers.

1.     Zoo Careers Week

February 17 to 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

OR April 14 to 18, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Teens aged 12 to 17 can learn about the inner workings of the zoo and the many jobs it takes to keep a modern zoo thriving. Participants will learn how to care for animals by working as both a keeper and visiting the animal hospital during a “Vet day”. You will also learn to present facts to the public as our docent volunteers do, teach a class with our Education staff, plan a new exhibit as our senior staff does, meet people working in the conservation field and even help with a conservation project. Please bring work boots, snack & lunch and dress for the weather. The cost for this program is $180.00 per teen.

2.     Toddler Tales

Wednesdays, March 12 to April 16, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This new 6 week program is for children and an adult to explore animals through the works of six well known authors; Beatrice Potter, Marcus Pfister, Karma Wilson, John Butler, Dr. Seuss, and Jan Brett. Each week we will listen to stories from a different author and conduct activities & crafts and visit with an animal inside the classroom before we venture out into the zoo to see some of the animal stars of the various books. This program takes place inside and outside so dress accordingly. This program is for children age approximately 2 – 3 ½ years old with one adult, $60.00 per child. Space is limited!

3.     Bergen County Zoo SpEGGtacular Hunt

April 12, 2014 with a rain date for April 13, 2014 - 10:00am

The annual SpEGGtacular Hunt is a great time for kids ages 1-10. The egg hunt kicks off at 10am and the Spring Bunny will be arriving at 11am and staying until 1pm. There will also be refreshments, storytelling, craft making, and everyone can watch the animals as they participate in their own egg hunt. The event is free and a great way to spend a spring evening with the kids. To pre-register for this event call 201-262-3771 ext.110

4.     Party For Planet Earth Celebration

April 27, 2014 - 10:00am-4:00pm

Visit exhibitors throughout the zoo or attend a special program in the Education Center to discover ways to connect to your local environment this Earth Day. Learn about eco-friendly products, programs, and services available in our area. Exhibitors will be in the zoo from 10 am until 4 pm.  Everyone loves a good party and there's no better place to celebrate than with the fabulous animals that make our beautiful planet the awe-inspiring place that it is. Admission to the zoo and all activities are free.

5.     Zoo Camp

Summer 2014

Zoo Camp is a week-long, ½ day, program for children ages 5 to 15 years old.  It is open only to Bergen County Residents or Bergen County Zoo Members.  Campers are organized in the following groups:

     Lambs - 5 and 6 years old (going into Kindergarten or 1st grade in FALL 2014)

     Hawks - 7 and 8 years old (going into 2nd or 3rd grade in FALL 2014)

     Gators - 9, 10 and 11 years old (going into 4th, 5th or 6th grade in FALL 2014)

     Junior Zookeepers - 12 to 15 years old (going into 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th grade in FALL 2014)

Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.  Zoo Camp costs $150 for the week and includes a Zoo Camp t-shirt.

Lambs, Hawks, and Gators spend time touring different parts of the zoo, meeting a different animal up-close in the classroom each day, playing animal-related games, and making crafts. 

Junior Zookeepers explore different aspects of a career in zookeeping as they learn about our animal collection, prepare their diets, and clean their enclosures.