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Whether you are seeking to enrich your class field trip to the Zoo or a lesson in your own classroom, the Queens Zoo's Education Department offers a wide range of opportunities to enhance science curricula for grades K–12. Our time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs include workshops for teachers and students that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards.

Our classes range from identifying animal traits in photographs to hands on exploration of exhibits. 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

Grade Level

English Language Arts Standards

Math, Science, and Technology Standards

Animal Alphabet

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) 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.