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The North Country has a significant homeschool community. As we recognize this we want to create a program for families that homeschool and those with kids at home. We have reached out to other zoos and our local families to try and develop the best program for our community. As we work to further develop we will welcome feedback from these families and hope to grow this program. We hope you choose to grow with us.
This program will be held once a month for specified months (September, October, November) on the third Wednesday. Groups will be separated by age as seen in the graphic above. Only those who need a parent (4 and under or for developmental reasons) shall have a parent stay with them for the duration of the program. The program does not at this time include admission to the Zoo outside of the program time. Adults are welcome to wander the Zoo on their own through general admission or membership.
September 20th | Migration Mayhem
Each group will learn about migration at their own level, ranging from how birds migrate and why, to monarch butterflies, and human impacts on migrations around the world.
October 18th | Tentative theme, Grossology
November 15th | Winter Ready (or not)
In the future, spring and fall sessions will be done as a group, but currently, we are signing up by individual months so families can get a feel for the program and we can help further develop where/when necessary.
The Homeschool Program price does not include general admission to the Zoo outside of the program time. Those registered may enter the Zoo during and for the program if accompanied by a Zoo staff or EdZOOcator. If families wish to enter the Zoo otherwise they must purchase general admission or have a membership.
At this time no. The program will only be offered during weekdays.
Zoo New York asks that those older than 4 years old be dropped off, unless there is a special need for the parent to be there and it's previously discussed with our Zoo staff.
While we are aware this may be unusual, this is after consulting other zoos across the country running similar programs and speaking with a surveyed group of local homeschool families. If it proves to need changing we will consider it in future.
If parents would like to volunteer to stay with the group to help facilitate, they may reach out to us.
Yes, we have a large parking lot on-site with plenty of spaces available.
Refunds are on a case-by-case basis. Only if there is a written request of need based on severe illness, death, or similar circumstances will a refund be considered.