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Programs for Children
The Bergen County Zoo is committed to providing high-quality, relevant, scientifically accurate education programs to all children, from parent-toddler dyads to independent young adults. Through our programs we strive to increase our program participant's knowledge of and empathy for animals and their habitats. Through this, it is hoped that participants will develop a desire to preserve the natural world. Below is a list of programs, with descriptions, that have been offered by Bergen County Zoo educators. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. For more information regarding current program offerings and program fees, please see our Program Brochure (published seasonally).
Program Description Age (years) Adult Presence
Required
Play Time at the Zoo Bring your favorite adult and participate in activities together during this unstructured playtime.  Each week, a special animal guest will visit.  Come once, a few times, or every week - it's up to you. Infants and Toddlers Yes
Zoo Babies Toddlers and their favorite adult will learn about the zoo's animals in a structured class including stories, songs, activities, and a "stroller safari" through the zoo. Colors and patterns, animal sounds, and senses are a few of the themes that will be explored. 15 - 36 Months Yes
Zoo Kids Pre-school children and their favorite adult will learn about animals and their habitats in a structured class including songs, stories, activities, and safari through the zoo. Wetlands, mountains, and plains are a few of the habitats that will be explored.  3 - 5 Years Yes
Wild & Crafty Listen to stories and meet the animals from each tale.  Complete a fun craft project related to each animal. 2 - 5 Years Yes
Wild & Crafty Zoo Tour Listen to stories and meet the animals from each tale. Complete a fun craft project related to each animal.  The class ends with a safari through the zoo. 5 - 10 Years No
Reptile Safari Come learn more about the lives of animals covered in scales.  Be prepared to go on a safari through the zoo to learn more about their amazing adaptations.  6 - 9 Years No
Fossils Want to learn more fossils?  Join us as we explore evidence left behind by the predecessors to today's living animals.  We will even have the chance to visit a few "living fossils".  10 - 13 Years No
Night  Owls Spend an evening at the zoo learning about owls, cats, skunks and other nocturnal animals.  Join us on a "night hike" through the zoo to see what our animals do when the sun goes down. Families
Endangered NJ Not all endangered species live in faraway lands.  Come learn more about the endangered species that call New Jersey home.  Discover ways that you can help these animals and all of the wildlife that call New Jersey home. 10 - 15 Years No
Zoo Camp Each summer, the zoo runs its week long Zoo Camp Program. The application deadline for Zoo Camp is March 1st; campers are selected by lottery. Applications are automatically mailed to members of the zoo. Successful applicants must submit the following: Zoo Allergy Form, Zoo Asthma Action Plan, Zoo Health Assessment Form and Camper Release Forms . For membership information, please call 201-262-3771, ext. 110. 5 - 15 No
Birding in the Park Learn to identify local birds and join us in a birding expedition in the zoo and park. All Ages No