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Public Programs

Wild Party

Schedule a party at the Zoo – a unique way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion! More details can be found in these documents. Wild Party flyer  Wild Party Rules and Regulations   Add On Options 11.2017

Zoo Snooz

Which animals are up all night? Explore the Zoo in the dark and then spend the night! Ideal for scouts and other youth groups.

Story Time

Preschool children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story and related craft project. Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through September.

ZooCamp & Jr. Zookeeper

These wild summer programs are perfect for young animal enthusiasts entering grades K-8.

Ed Talks

Get an up close look at one of our Education Animals and find out details about their diet, adaptations and classification. There is also an opportunity to ask questions.

Zoo 2 U

We can come to your event with animals in tanks as well as animals we handle for the group, a display board and handouts with all types of information on the Salisbury Zoo animals and programs. There is always the availability of tailoring the display board and animals to various topics.

School Programs (On-Site)

Guided Tour

Standard Tour: An informative tour through the Zoo led by a trained Wildlife Interpreter. Provides an introduction to species on exhibit, and reinforces concepts such as classification, adaptation, habitat and natural resource conservation. For group third grade and above. Approximately 90 minutes in length.

I Spy Tour: An interactive tour focusing on animal’s adaptations.  Information on how adaptations assist animals in survival will be given prior to leading the group to exhibits, where we will play a version of the children’s I Spy game. Using visual characteristic paddles, the children will identify the various adaptations. For Kindergarten through second grade. Approximately 30 minutes.

Wildlife Encounter

Hands-On Classroom Program

Choose from several theme-specific, interactive programs that utilize the zoo’s education animal collection. Topics include adaptations, diets, and classification. Approximately 45 minutes in length.

Stage Presentation

This presentation of three animals generally includes a bird, mammal and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study. Topics can be discussed with the education department at time of booking. Approximately 30 minutes in length.

LEAF (Local Ecology, Animals and Forests)

Program for 3rd grade students focusing on local forests, their animals, uses, ecology, and threats. Approximately 2 hours in length

Self Guided Tour

Upon registering your group, receive a packet of materials with lots of zoo information, scavenger hunts, animal facts, and pre and post lesson activities. On the day of your trip you can lead your group through the zoo and conduct various activities from your packet.

Teacher Training

Topic specific trainings are available for teachers. These trainings will give you a variety of ideas and ways you can incorporate science across the curriculum.

School Programs (Off-Site)

Animal Presentation

Presentation of four animals; generally includes a bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study.

Classroom Program

Theme-specific, interactive programs that utilize the zoo’s education animal collection.

Zoo 2 U

We can come to your event with animals in tanks as well as animals we handle for the group, a display board and handouts with all types of information on the Salisbury Zoo animals and programs. There is always the availability of tailoring the display board and animals to various topics.

Story Time

This free program is intended for preschool children and their parents. Four and five year old children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story, fun and sometimes silly songs and games and related craft project. This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers.

This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers

Feel free to join us every Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through the end of September.

Home School Workshops

Home School Workshops provide the opportunity for teaching parents to provide their children a fun, science themed, educational workshop. Workshops are geared for multilevel age groups and are held at the Salisbury Zoo Education Center. Each workshop includes a discussion on the given topic, live animal presentations, when available and a hands-on activity or game. Programs are offered the first and third Thursdays of the month.