X

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 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

6-11

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: Animals in STEM

Animal Engineering, December 11
How do engineers today get inspired to create stronger, faster, and more efficient technology for the future? Many times, they look to animals. Come learn about biomimicry and why nature holds the secret to a better engineered tomorrow!

Zoo Math, January 8
How much should you feed a pregnant 300-pound gorilla? What does it cost to feed a tiger for a year? In this class we'll explore the ways that we use math at the Zoo, and see where some of our animals' meals are prepared!

The Physics of Flight, February 12
Learn about birds as we experience the science of flight! This class will have a physics focus as we explore flying machines, create some of our own, and meet a few birds up close!


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

Incredible Invertebrates, January 10
In this class we will be getting a bug’s eye view of the world! Bees, spiders, and cockroaches all share something in common- they’re all invertebrates. Come learn about the differences between insects and arachnids, as well as their ecological importance!

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