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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.

Franklin Park Zoo

Program dates

Second Tuesday of every month

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: $20 | Non-member: $25
  • 10% discount if you register for all homeschool programs for the year. Contact us at education@zoonewengland.org for details.
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Upcoming programs

September 11– The Dig on Dirt

Come dig in and get dirty learning about the underground world of dirt! Take a close-up look at worms while learning about composting, explore the hidden world of water, and meet animals who love to get messy!

October 9 – Parks Big and Small

Parks of all sizes are important to animals in Boston and around the world! In this class we’ll spend time learning about the important role they play in wildlife conservation and meeting species that depend on parks!

November 13 – Wild or Domestic

What is your cat thinking? Do sloths make good pets? Are zoo animals tame? Come learn the answer to these questions and more! This class will take a look at what it is that makes an animal wild, and why not all cute animals should be cuddled.


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

Stone Zoo

Our theme for this years homeschool programs at Stone Zoo is 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. 

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Program Dates:

Second Thursday of every month

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: $20 | Non-member: $25
  • 10% discount if you register for all homeschool programs for the year. Contact us at education@zoonewengland.org for details.

Upcoming Sessions

September 13: Big Picture
Conservation statuses and wildlife populations. We will learn about the different reasons species may become extinct and endangered. Students will then learn simple ways that they can help to save wildlife. 

October 11: Solution to Pollution
Pollution and poisoning. In a world determined to mass produce agricultural commodities, the effects of doing so are often overlooked.

November 15: Pollinator Plight
Pollinators and how to help them! Bees, bats and butterflies play a vital role in pollinating the plants we rely on for food and clothing. This class will delve into the importance of these animals and how we can help protect them!

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