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Homeschool Classes

Zoo New England offers a variety of age-appropriate educational programming for home schooled students ages 6-10. Classes are offered at both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

Taught by Zoo educators, classes include hands-on activities, discussion, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes experiences. Each semester includes progressive program topics focused on teaching students about animals and their interactions within their ecosystems.

"Grossology," October - December 2017, Franklin Park Zoo

Theme: Grossology

From the creepy crawlies to the ooey-gooey, many facets of wildlife and wildlife care are considered to be less than glamorous. We’ll get our hands a little dirty in this session as we learn about the importance of our not-so-cuddly friends and explore the biodiversity of Earth. Let’s get gross!

Program dates

Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16 and **30; and Dec. 7 and 14.
(**Skipping November 23rd for Thanksgiving)

Time

Classes run from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location

Tropical Forest Classroom at the Franklin Park Zoo
(Please note: This classroom is closer to the Giraffe Entrance on Pierpont Road)

Ages

6-10 years old, split into two sessions by age if enough students in each age group register

Price

Proof of membership required; Pricing does not include Zoo admission.

  • Member: $125 | Non-member: $150
  • Register for both Fall and Spring FPZ Homeschool Sessions and Save! Member: $210 | Non-member: $260
Register: Fall Register: Fall and Spring


Questions? Please contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or via e-mail at education@zoonewengland.com

"Wild and Rare," October - December 2017, Stone Zoo

Theme: Wild and Rare

Extinction is a threat many species face due to human activities. In this session we'll explore the reasons why many species become endangered or extinct, and what we can do to prevent this.

Program Dates:

Tuesdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31; Nov 7, 14 and * 28; and Dec 5 and 12
(*Skipping Nov 21 for Thanksgiving)

Time

Classes run from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Location

Stone Zoo Animal Discovery Center

Ages

6-10 years old, split into two sessions by age if enough students in each age group register

Price

Proof of membership required; Pricing does not include Zoo admission. 

  • Member: $125 | Non-member: $150
  • Register for both Fall and Spring FPZ Homeschool Sessions and Save! Member: $210 | Non-member: $260
Register: Fall Register: Fall and Spring


Questions? Please contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or via e-mail at education@zoonewengland.com

"Animal Athletes, Architects, & Artists," March - May 2018, Franklin Park Zoo

Theme: Animal Athletes, Architects, & Artists

Kangaroos in the Olympics? Honeybees building cities? Flamingoes applying make-up? Among the many talents of the animal kingdom are nature’s best athletes, architects and artists. This session we will discover animals with impressive physical capabilities, expert building skills, and an eye for the creative.

Program Dates

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29;April 5, 12 and **26; and May 3
(**Skipping April 19th for Spring Vacation Week)

Time

Classes run from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Location

Tropical Forest Classroom at the Franklin Park Zoo
(Please note: This classroom is closer to the Giraffe Entrance on Pierpont Road)

Ages

6-10 years old, split into two sessions by age if enough students in each age group register

Price

Proof of membership required; Pricing does not include Zoo admission.

  • Member: $125 | Non-member: $150
  • Register for both Fall and Spring FPZ Homeschool Sessions and Save! Member: $210 | Non-member: $260
Register: Spring Register: Fall and Spring


Questions? Please contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or via e-mail at education@zoonewengland.com

"Critter Twitter," March-May, 2018, Stone Zoo

Theme: Critter Twitter

Have you ever wondered why birds sing, why a dog may pull its ears back, or why some animals are so brightly colored? In this course, we will explore the many ways animals can communicate with each other, and even us too!  

Program Dates

Tuesdays, Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27; Apr 3, 10 and *24; and May 1. 
(* Skipping April 17 for Vacation Week)

Time

Classes run from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Location

Stone Zoo Animal Discovery Center

Ages

6-10 years old, split into two sessions by age if enough students in each age group register

Price

Proof of membership required; Pricing does not include Zoo admission. 

  • Member: $125 | Non-member: $150
  • Register for both Fall and Spring FPZ Homeschool Sessions and Save! Member: $210 | Non-member: $260
Register: Spring Register: Fall and Spring


Questions? Please contact the Education Department at 617-989-3742 or via e-mail at education@zoonewengland.com