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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

This spring, Zoo New England’s Homeschool group will trek through forests and climb to mountaintops learning about the scientists that work to save animals around the world! Come learn about the conservation heroes of our time, and what you can do to be a conservation hero where you live!

Program dates (see program descriptions below)

March 12, April 9 and May 14
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

Price

  • 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.

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

Register


Program Descriptions:

March 12 – Into the Woods
Tropical rainforests are our planet’s most diverse ecosystems! At every layer, tropical forests are brimming with life, but that can also make rainforest animals more vulnerable to threats like habitat loss. In this class, we'll learn all about the heroes of rainforest conservation, and meet the animals they're working to save.

April 9 – Island Getaway
If you’re an animal that doesn’t fly or swim, getting to an island can be quite the challenge! This makes islands the perfect laboratories for the conservation heroes who study island animals. Our April class will learn all about what makes island habitats unique, and get an up-close look at animals from the world’s largest island! 

May 14 – Mountain High, Valley Low
On the tops of mountains, animals have adapted to live in the most extreme conditions! Conservation heroes will go to any length to study animals in these hard-to-reach areas. Come learn about the crazy life mountain animals lead, and how they adapt to changing conditions!


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

Stone Zoo

Program dates

Second Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location

Stone Zoo’s Animal Discovery Center  

Ages

6-11

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.
Register


Upcoming programs: Gross-ology

Daring Defenses, February 14
What is the difference between a poisonous and a venomous species? Do porcupines really shoot their quills? In this class we will focus on species that use poison, venom, spikes, and smells to defend themselves

Complex Carnivores, March 14
It’s a predator-eat-prey world out there! In this class we will explore the world of carnivores and the roles that they play in food webs. We will even get a chance to see some of Stone Zoo’s carnivorous species and learn about what they eat at the zoo!

Going Batty, April 11
Do all bats carry rabies? Do vampire bats really suck your blood? We will get to the bottom of the many myths surrounding the world’s only flying mammals, and learn ways to help these amazing animals.

The Scoop on Poop, May 9
What can we learn from an animal’s poop? As it turns out- a whole lot! We will learn why scat looks the way it does, the importance of it in zoos, and even how to use it as a tool for animal identification!

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