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Catering at the Zoo

On-Site Educational Programs at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo


Are you a teacher, scout leader, or other group leader looking to make the most of your visit to the zoo? Try one of our exciting and education onsite programs! Zoo Safari programs take place during zoo hours, while Evening Expedition programs take place after hours! Please see the program descriptions below and book your onsite educational program today!


Zoo Safari

Zoo Safari programs engage students in hands-on learning during a field trip to our 43-acre living classroom. Educators will work with teachers, groups, or scout leaders to tailor an experience that supports group needs and complements curriculum or you can choose from our curriculum list.  In the zoo's classroom, students take part in an hour-long multi-media program featuring live animal encounters and animal artifacts such as skulls, furs, and feathers. Depending on the group's size and needs, other unique opportunities such as a visit to the zoo's diet kitchen, a chat with a zookeeper, or an animal enrichment viewing at an exhibit may be available. Whether your group is learning about life cycles or the genetic management of captive-bred animals, the Zoo Safari has a program for you!**

Carefully crafted programs meet NGSS and NYS Common Core and Living Environment Standards to support your teaching efforts while exciting and engaging students.  Our onsite programs strive to foster a sense of wonder and stewardship for the natural world while increasing conservation literacy.

We welcome students of all abilities.  Please be sure to mention any special needs or disabilities when registering so that we can provide the most comfortable environment for their needs.

Base programs start at $100 for an hour long presentation for a maximum of 35 people.  (For example, a school group of 30 students and 5 adults.)  Additional activities are $50 per half hour increment.  Program cost does not include cost of admission; admission fees are due upon arrival.  Programs must be paid for two weeks in advance or have proof of a Purchase Order the day of the program.

Troop or non-school group leaders! Zoo Safari programs aren't just for schools! Zoo Safaris make great enhancements to a scout badge or patch project! Looking for a unique adventure? Try Evening Expedition, our after-hours program!

Cost: $100 per program (base)

**Please Note: Zoo Safaris are only offered during the school year, September through June.**

Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email today to begin customizing your Zoo Safari program!

For field trips to the zoo without an education program, please call Guest Services at (315) 435-8511 x8512.


Evening Expedition

Are you a group leader looking to give your participants a memorable outing? Bring them to the zoo for an after-hours adventure! This guided learning experience features tours of the animal diet kitchen and social area, a zoo safari class with outreach animal visits and an after-hours tour of the Wildlife Trails. The evening ends with a treat of milk and cookies! The program can be customized for specific patch/badge requirements or matched up to school curricula.

Cost: $25 per participant; minimum 15 participants or $375

(We require 1 chaperone for every 7 children)

Duration: 3 hrs (anytime after 4:30pm)

Ages: 5 and up

Please note:  These programs have limited availability and can be booked up to a year in advance.


Book your Evening Expedition now by calling (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email

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