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Teacher Resources

Learn to use the Zoos' rich educational resources to meet your teaching objectives, prepare students for MCAS and plan inquiry-based classroom activities at every grade level. For your convenience, classes are offered both virtually and in-person.

Grades K-2:

  • Senses (1.LS.1.1)
  • Habitats (K.LS.1.1, 2.LS.4.1)

Grades 3-5

  • Adaptations (4.LS.1.1)

Grades 6-8

  • Zoo Careers

High School

  • Zoo Careers

What to expect at each level:

  • Standard Program: In this 30-minute program, a Zoo Educator will explore the theme with your group and introduce you to two of our ambassador animals! $100
  • Program Plus: In this 45-minute program, you can expect a Zoo Educator to explore the theme with your group and introduce you to three of our ambassador animals! $150
  • Super Program: These 60-minute programs include a standard program and four animal encounters! $200

Capacities (in person programs):

  • Stone Zoo: Up to 20
  • Franklin Park Zoo: 30-35

Theme Descriptions:

Grades K-2:

  • Senses (1.LS.1.1)
    Can you imagine what it would be like to use your tongue to smell with? To taste with your feet? In this class we will explore the vast world of animal senses, and learn how animals use them to navigate their environment.
  • Habitats (K.LS.1.1, 2.LS.4.1)
    During this class we will learn what makes each habitat a special place for animals to live, and what they need from their habitats in order to survive. We will also discuss how to protect these habitats so we can continue learning about these amazing animals for years to come!

Grades 3-5

  • Adaptations (4.LS.1.1)
    Adaptations are the functions and behaviors that living things use to survive in their habitats. With help from some of our animal ambassadors, students will get to think critically about what certain adaptations are used for along with where certain animals live and why.

Grades 6-8

  • Zoo Careers
    It takes a lot more than zookeepers to run a zoo. This class helps students identify various zoo careers ranging from those that work in close contact with animals, to other important careers within a zoo. Students will recognize the progression of academic training and develop an understanding behind volunteering and the importance of service in the zoo field.

High School

  • Zoo Careers
    It takes a lot more than zookeepers to run a zoo. This class helps students identify various zoo careers ranging from those that work in close contact with animals, to other important careers within a zoo. Students will recognize the progression of academic training and develop an understanding behind volunteering and the importance of service in the zoo field.

Health and Safety Information:

  • We require face coverings to be worn at all times during any of our educational programs.
  • Please note that due to the animals’ availability and health, we can make no guarantees as to which animals we bring. Animals we bring align with the program topic and information covered.
  • Due to abundant caution for our ambassador animals, no touching will be permitted during our programs.

Questions? Contact us at:

Phone:  617-989-3742
Email: education@zoonewengland.org