Educational Programs

The Bergen County Zoo offers education programs for everyone!

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year.

Education Programs are held in either the Zoo’s Education & Discovery Center or the Outdoor Amphitheater. Programs are available for all ages (four-years-old and up), individual or in groups.

For more information regarding education programs, please contact Carol Fusco at cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us or (201)-634-3125.

Registration

Reservation forms must be received at least one month prior to the requested program date.

Education Group Programs for Schools & Scouts for the Spring/Summer 2022 season are FULLY BOOKED. Groups are still able to visit the zoo at their convenience.

Birthday Parties are FULLY BOOKED for May and June.

Program Fees

Fees are dependent on time of the year. Please refer to the reservation forms for specific program prices.

Virtual Programs are $50 per session.

Additional Admission Fees Information:

There is an admission fee to the Bergen County Zoo daily from May through October. This admission fee is waived for children and 3 adults per class that have reserved an educational program through our Education Department. Additional adults must pay the admission fee, even if there are coming with a registered group.

Our Programs

 

PROGRAM

AGE

TIME

Animal Families
 
A fun informative program about animals and their families.

Pre-K & K

30-40 min

Animal Tales
 
Enjoy listening to a fun story and activity.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Backyard Safari
 
Learn about animals you may see right in your own town.

Pre-K & K

30-40 min

Animal Wrappers
 
Learn about animal classification and what makes each animal group unique.

K – 5th

30-40 min

Beautiful Bugs
 
Explore the amazing world of invertebrates!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Colors and Patterns in Nature
 
Investigate some of the colors and patterns seen in nature with us!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Wild Pets
 
Let’s discuss the difference between wild and domestic animals.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Habitat Survivor
 
How do animals survive in nature so well? Join us to discover this.

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Perfectly Pollinated
 
Learn about the many pollinating animals and why they are so important!

K – 3rd

30-40 min

Amazon River Basin
 
Let’s learn about the biodiversity of the rainforest.

3rd – 12th

30-40 min

Reptile Freestyle
 
What makes a reptile a reptile? Let’s explore the world of these scaly wonders!

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Animal Adaptations
 
To live in an environment, you must adapt to it! Let’s see how animals use their adaptations to survive in the wild.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Yellowstone National Park
 
Learn about the varied habitats as well as the effect the re-introduction of an extirpated species to the area.

3rd – 8th

30-40 min

Eerie Evolutions
 
A deep look into evolutions and understanding the concept of adaptations over time.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

Kingdom Kitchen
 
A conversation about energy transfer.

3rd – 5th

30-40 min

General Geology
 
A look at the factors that determine a habitat and the adaptations needed to survive in each biome.

5th – 8th

30-40 min

Zoo Careers
 
An overview of the many varied careers at the zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Patterns in Nature (catered to older groups)
 
Patterns can be found all over the world. Learn some of the theories of nature patterns such as symmetry, fractals, and the Fibonacci Numbers.

5th – 12th

30-40 min

Primates
 
Learn difference between new and old world primates and see the wonderful primate residents here at the Bergen County Zoo.

9th – 12th

30-40 min

Scout Programs

Scout programs last approximately 45 minutes. We will cover all the information necessary to earn your badge (for badge requirements, please refer to your scout book). Badges are not provided by the Bergen County Zoo. Below are the options for scout programs.

Cub Scout Tiger Program(s)
  • Tigers in the Wild - Requirements 1 - 4, 6 & 7
Cub Scout Wolf Program(s)
  • Digging in the Past - Requirements 1 - 6; 5 (non-edible substitute used)
  • Paws on the Path I - Requirements 1-5, 7
  • Paws on the Path II - Requirements 6 & 8
Cub Scout Bear Program(s)
  • Fur, Feathers and Ferns - Requirements 1 - 6
  • Weblos Elective Adventure
  • Into the Wild - Requirements 3 - 8 complete
  • Earth Rocks - Requirements 1 - 6 complete
Boy Scout Merit Badges
  • Ask us how we can help to "study" Merit Badge Programs
  • Nature
  • Veterinary Medicine
Daisy Scout
  • Wild and Crafty Animal Tales
  • In My Backyard
Brownies
  • Brownie Bugs
Junior Girl Scouts
  • Habitats
Cadet/Senior Scout
  • All About Birds
  • Zoo Careers

Contact Us

Carol Fusco

Senior Park Naturalist

201-634-3125

cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us


 Bergen County Department of Parks

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7275