The Utica Zoo Education Department regularly offers On-Grounds Programs for kids, adults, and families. Check back here regularly for updated programming lists!

UZ Home School Program

STEM based education programs for Home School students | K - 12th grade

Let the Utica Zoo and Beaversprite, the zoo’s Conservation Education Center be your science connection this year!

The Utica Zoo /Beaversprite 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

Rate: $15 per class

*Please note: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES! Non-member adults must purchase general admission tickets upon arrival for the Utica Zoo class ($8/person); child admission is included in the price of the program. Admission grants full day access to the Utica Zoo. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our website to learn more.


Utica Zoo Classes: 90 minutes
Beaversprite Classes: 3 Hours

Upcoming Classes

– Mammals

Tuesday, March 14 / 11:00am to 12:30pm

Deserts and Grasslands 

Tuesday, March 28 / 11:00am to 12:30pm

– Endangered Species

Tuesday, April 25 / 11:00am to 12:30pm

– Forest Habitats

Tuesday, May 16 / 11:00am to 12:30pm

– Invasive Species and Conservation

Tuesday, May 30 / 11:00am to 12:30pm