Homeschool Classes

Zoo New England offers a variety of age-appropriate educational programming for home schooled students ages 7-12.

Classes are taught by Zoo educators and 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.


Fall Semester: October - December
Theme: Wild and Rare
Due to human activities, a record number of animals are in danger of going extinct.  This session will take a hands-on approach to learning about why species become extinct and how we can effectively prevent it, even from the comfort of our own homes.
Program dates: Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; and December 1 and 8 (**No class November 24th for Thanksgiving)
Spring Semester: March -  May
Theme: Animal Behavior

What makes an animal wild?  Instincts, of course!  In this session, students will discover how instincts shape animal behavior and survival through migration, communication, and much more.
Program dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; and May 4 (**No class April 20th for Spring Vacation Week)
Classes run from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classes will be held in the Tropical Forest Classroom at the Franklin Park Zoo (Please note: this classroom is closer to the Giraffe Entrance on Pierpont Road)
7-12 years
Classes will be split into two sessions by age if enough students in each age group register
Fall or Spring semester: $100 for members and $120 for non-members
Both Fall and Spring: $165 for Members (proof of membership required), $200 for Non-members. 
Sibling discount available.
Pricing does not include admission to the Zoo.

Register: Fall and Spring Register: Fall Register: Spring