Embark on a journey of wonder at the Ross Park Zoo! Our expansive zoo covers nearly 60 acres, accompanied by access to 30 acres of lush wooded nature trails. Here, you’ll encounter an array of captivating animals, boasting an impressive collection of approximately 100 creatures from around the globe.
We hold firm to the belief that exploring the natural world should be a delightful adventure. Our zoo offers engaging exhibits, interactive learning experiences, and a steadfast commitment to wildlife conservation. We warmly invite you to immerse yourself in the joy of discovery, fostering connections with animals in a secure and vibrant environment.
At the Ross Park Zoo, there’s a world of exploration waiting for curious minds of all ages. Come and craft cherished memories with us today!
Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the scheduled visit will result in a $30 cancellation fee per group. Cancellations on the day of will result in full payment of the intended trip.
Groups arriving late will have an abbreviated program schedule.
At our outdoor venue, we understand that weather can be unpredictable. To ensure a smooth experience, we employ a two-date scheduling approach: a preferred date and a designated rain date. Please collaborate with your transportation providers to coordinate arrangements for both dates.
In the event of light rain, we will proceed with the program as planned. However, should heavy or prolonged rain, or thunderstorms be forecasted, it may be necessary to cancel the program for the day. Your safety and comfort are paramount.
It is IMPERATIVE that students and chaperones come prepared with appropriate clothing. This includes wearing a rain jacket if light rain is predicted. Additionally, we recommend closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy, as our programs are conducted entirely outdoors and sometimes in muddy conditions. Your cooperation in dressing appropriately will help ensure an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone.
The Wild Science Program is designed as a hands-on field trip for 7th-grade science students, ages 12-13, to connect their classroom learning with real-world experiences in the setting of Ross Park Zoo. This program encourages students to actively participate by making observations, recording data, sketching, and engaging in discussions. Its primary focus is to deepen their understanding of ecology, adaptation, and biodiversity.
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The Wild Science program is reimbursable through Broome-Tioga BOCES Extended Classroom program (if your school participates). Your school’s administration will need to complete the Extended Classroom (EC) order form and obtain approval from your school’s administrators.
Teachers should contact their administration to confirm that their district has Extended Classroom funds available.
If you do not have funds available for reimbursement through BT BOCES, the school can still pay out of pocket for the program.
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Embark on an engaging and educational journey through the Ross Park Zoo! Our guided tour takes participants on a captivating exploration of our animal residents, their native habitats, and the pressing conservation issues they face.
During this immersive experience, our knowledgeable tour guides will weave captivating stories about the animals’ natural history, highlighting their remarkable adaptations. As we stroll through the zoo, we’ll delve into the critical topic of climate change and its impact on wildlife conservation, connecting these discussions to New York State Learning Standards.
This program not only offers an opportunity to witness incredible creatures up close but also aligns with educational objectives, providing a deeper understanding of our environment and the vital importance of wildlife conservation. Join us in this educational adventure, where learning comes to life amidst the wonders of the animal kingdom!
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