Adult Programs & Classes

Zoo New England offers year-round adult programs and workshops featuring the latest news and discoveries from the world’s experts on animal behavior, intelligence, ecology, evolution and conservation. Join us to learn more about the various species we share this ever-changing planet with.

Zoo Clue Challenge at Franklin Park Zoo

Zooclue LogoSeptember 27, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Bring your wits! Bring your friends! Bring your team spirit! Win a Zoo-rific prize!

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Think you know a lot about the Franklin Park Zoo? Or, maybe just animals in general? Challenge yourself and a team of friends for the first Zoo Clue Challenge scavenger hunt. This is a quest-based team event for adults 18 and older that will explore animals and exhibits at Franklin Park Zoo. Puzzles are meant to be difficult, highlighting signs and animals that normally go unnoticed at the Zoo.

Teams can consist of up to four people with a cost of $50 per team. Price of this event includes Zoo admission for all team members. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp with the prize ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the event.


  • 1st Place - Premium Tour at Franklin Park Zoo for up to four guests
  • 2nd Place - Breakfast with the Animals Program for four guests at either Zoo (additional guests can be added for $10/guest)
  • 3rd Place - Four free tickets to ZooLights at Stone Zoo

Please note: This event will require a lot of walking both inside and outside, rain or shine. Plan accordingly! For this year’s Zoo Clue Challenge, you'll also need a camera or smart phone, since you will be required to take photos as part of some tasks. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams!

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 24.

Nature Photography Series at Franklin Park Zoo

Naturephotography ClassSteve McGrath is a professional freelance photographer and photography teacher who has been capturing images for 20 years. He's brought his talents to a Nature Photography Series at Franklin Park Zoo.

In this series you'll learn how to use all the functions of your digital camera, such as camera modes, white balance, ISO, macro, panoramic options and more. You'll also cover composition and the digital photo management of your images using PhotoShop on your PC. There will be occasional assignments, student critique of others' work and time to photograph our animals.

Pricing varies based on class length.

$10/hr for members
$15/hr for non-members
Minimum age requirement: 16 years
Sign up for as many classes as you would like; there's no limit!


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Note: Full class descriptions are available at registration link above.


Saturday, September 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Additional details:

  • Though classes can stand alone as individual workshops, they can also be taken together as a full series on Wildlife Photography if you sign up for all 8 classes.
  • Each class has a maximum of 15 participants.
  • There is a minimum of five participants to run the class. If minimum is not reached, a full refund will be offered for the cancelled class.
  • Minimum age requirement is 16 years.
  • Equipment is not included in the classes. Participants must bring their own cameras, laptops, etc. depending on the needs of the class.

Contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or education@zoonewengland.com with any questions about class details or registration.

Contact Steve McGrath at 508-816-2449 or steve@mcgrathnaturephotos.com


Adult Education Classes at Franklin Park Zoo

Zoo New England partners with Brookline Adult & Community Education to offer classes at Franklin Park Zoo. Visit their website at www.brooklineadulted.org for the most current calendar of programs.

Adult Lecture Series

Franklin Park Zoo

Planning for the next Series is currently underway. Please check back for more information.

College-Level Programming

Franklin Park Zoo

Zoo New England staff are available to teach a course or an individual class to graduate and undergraduate students. We offer lectures as well as classes at the Zoo to supplement in-class learning. Programs can be tailored to specific course goals. Contact us for more information.

Become an Educator (Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo)

Support Zoo Education through volunteering or internships! If you have a love of animals and the environment and enjoy talking to people of all ages, join our team! 

Teacher Resources

Check out our Teacher Resources page for more on educational kits, teacher training and special workshops.