Home School Program

The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes age-appropriate activities, crafts, activities, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our home school class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements. Home school is open to all students (K – 12th grade).

The Utica Zoo is fully chartered as an education facility by NYSED and all lessons and activities will adhere to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and include take home worksheets as well as a list of resources for further learning. The lessons will be geared towards students in 2nd to 6th grades but all ages can participate. The cost is $15.00/child per class and participants must preregister. For more information please email zak.hughes@uticazoo.org.

*We ask that students for these classes bring their own notebook* 


Child (all grade levels) – $15 per class


Utica Zoo Classes: 90 minutes

Spring Home School Class Dates & Topics

– Bird Watching

Monday, May 13 / 10:30am to 12:00pm / AZA Hot Topic: Connecting to Nature

– Owl Pellets

Friday, May 24 / 10:30am to 12:00pm / AZA Hot Topic: Connecting to Nature

– Cells, Cells, Organelles

Tuesday, June 4 / 10:30am to 12:00pm / Standard MS-LS1-2, and MS-LS1-2

– Domain of Life

Monday, June 17 / 10:30am to 12:00pm / Standard HS-LS4-1, and HS-LS1-2

Looking for classes for learners ages 2 to 5? Check out out Zoo Adventures Program:

The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!