The Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, whose goal is to conserve the world’s largest wild places through science, conservation, education, and inspiring people to value and cherish nature. At the Prospect Park Zoo, visitors will be able to witness a variety of the world’s most magnificent wildlife up close and personal while learning about everything nature has to offer.
The Wildlife Conservation Society was originally founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. It was one of the first conservation organizations in the United States and it began with one clear goal – to advance conservation methods, to promote the study of zoology and to create a first-class zoo. They have more then met that goal – WCS now has 5 first-class zoos, including Prospect Park Zoo.
Currently, the Prospect Park Zoo is a family-favorite destination receiving tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Attractions & Activities:
Discovery Center: This child-friendly play space is designed to engage younger visitors with nature and help them become interested in pursuing conservation methods in their future. They will interact with animals up close and personal, act out the tasks of a veterinarian, and they can even help clean the exhibits. It is a fully interactive exhibit that is typically only open on the weekends.
Sea Lion Training Sessions: Visitors can witness real-life training sessions with the Prospect Park Zoo’s sea lions. These sessions help to stimulate the natural intelligence and curiosity of these playful creatures and the visitors will get to enjoy every minute.
There are a variety of family-friendly and educational programs on the calendar of Prospect Park Zoo. Visitors are sure to find something for every member of the family to enjoy, some of the most popular programs include:
School Holiday Camps: When the kids are on a break from school, the Prospect Park Zoo will keep them entertained with their educational, age-specific camps. Children will spend their time learning about the animals, making crafts, and playing games.
Family Programs: The Zoo hosts a variety of family-friendly programs including an Earth Day Celebration, a Mother’s Day Breakfast, a Little Hatchlings Session is designed for infants to explore, socialize, and be creative. They will interact with fun and furry friends like rabbits. There is a program called Toddler time for a bit older children where they can participate in various activities that foster their independence and they can even enjoy live animal encounters, including large snakes!
Scouts: Scouts of all ages can attend guided tours to meet animals, learn skills to earn their badges, and increase their knowledge of nature. Themed tours can include Animal Adaptations, Animal Families, Animal Defenses, Diets and Habitats, and Animal Coverings.
Summer Camps: During one week of the year, children can attend the Prospect Park Summer Camp. They will encounter live animals, engage in creative art projects, participate in interactive games and science experiments, and learn how to care for exhibits. Snacks and a Summer Camp T-Shirt will be provided but it is not an overnight camp.
23rd Annual Fleece Festival: After every winter, the sheep need their thick, wooly coats sheared and visitors can attend this event while shearing expert, Don Kading, will explain the process and answer visitor’s questions.
During the weekend, visitors will learn more about farming and farm life, witness the Zoo’s barn parade, watch wool be processed into yarn, and even participate in special wool-themed activities. The event will be held on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May, 21, 2017. Tickets can be purchased online.
Turtle Takeover Weekend: In honor of the popular reptiles, the turtles and tortoises will be taking over Prospect Park Zoo. Visitors will learn everything they have ever wanted to know about these slow but friendly reptiles and find out why many of them are in danger of extinction. There will be child-friendly events including a scavenger hunt, talks from the zoo keepers, live animal and other turtle-themed activities. The event will be held on Saturday June 17 an Sunday, June 18, 2017 and tickets can be purchased online.
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Prospect Park Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460, Phone: 718-220-5100