Class Visits

Welcome to the Queens Zoo Education Department!
Educators...just imagine,

  • A group of second-graders sifting through a pile of photographs to determine what a puma, coyote, and Andean bear share in common.
  • Third-graders enhancing their vocabulary, word recognition, and observation skills through an in-depth exploration of the Aviary exhibit.
  • Eighth-graders working together to construct a food web that will illustrate how energy flows through an ecosystem.
    This is just a sampling of the innovative teaching approaches that are part of the Queens Zoo's Education Department's programs. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo's exciting, naturalistic animal exhibits.

Science, Math, Technology, and Literacy Learning Standards

The New York State Department of Education states, "At the approach of the twenty-first century, the Board of Regents approved a new set of learning standards for New York students. They represent the core of what all people should know, understand, and be able to do as a result of their schooling."

All Queens Zoo Education Department programs are aligned with New York State Science, Math, Technology, and Literacy Learning Standards. Below is a list of those programs and the standards with which they most closely align. 

School Program Title Grade Level English Language Arts Standards Math, Science, and Technology Standards
Animal Alphabe Pre-K 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 6.1, 7.2
Zookeeper Math Pre-K 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2
Size and Shape K-2 1.1, 1.2, 4.1 1.1, 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE3, 4LE4, 4LE5, 4LE6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.2
Animal Survival Needs K-2 1.1, 1.2, 4.1
1.2, 4LE1, 4LE 3, 4LE4, 4LE5, 4LE6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2
Birds 1-3  1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE4, 4LE5, 4LE6, 4LE7, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2
Mammals 1-3 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE4, 4LE5, 4LE6, 4LE7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2
Endangered Wildlife 3 - 5 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 4LE7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 7.2
Wild America 3-5 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 4LE7, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.2
Animal Nutrition 6-8 1.1, 4.1 1.1, 1.2, 3.2. 3.3, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 4PS4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.2
Enriching Experiences 6-8 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.2
Oh Behave! 9-12 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE5, 4LE6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 7.2
Wildlife Careers 3-5 1.1, 4.1 1.2, 4LE1, 4LE2, 4LE5, 4LE6, 5.6, 6.1, 7.2

Please call (718) 718-271-7361 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), with any questions about education programs or the registration process.