On-Site Zoo Educaction Programs

Check out our Group Reservations page to find out more about admission fees and discounts. Reservations must be made in advance to take advantage of group discounts. Guided tours and on-site education programs are available for an additional cost. To schedule a group visit, tour, or program at The Zoo, please contact the Education Department by phone at 413- 733-2251, ext. 305 or by email at education@forestparkzoo.com.



Discovery Programs

Discovery Programs are hands-on educational presentations that include live animals, artifacts, and other educational materials. Groups of 30 or fewer are best. Several sessions can be arranged for larger groups. Discovery programs are approx. 30-45 minutes long and feature a variety of topics and age appropriate formats.

Pond Exploration Programs

Pond Exploration Programs focus on organisms found in and around a pond. These one hour sessions are held right inside Forest Park. Children will meet live animals and take a turn at “pond-dipping” to discover animals and plants that form a freshwater pond community.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts are self-guided fun at Zoo. Age appropriate sheets are distributed at the gate upon entrance. The children learn about the Zoo animals and habitats while enjoying nature at its best.

Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits & tours for groups or individuals are fun and easy to arrange. Information about the animals can be found on signs at each major exhibit and at EduCart Learning Stations. (No additional fees for self-guided visits.)

Registration Forms

Forms can be emailed directly to our Education team or call to 413-733-2251 x305.

No field trip is booked without a completed contract on file.


Other notes:

Late Arrivals: During the open season, The Zoo hosts multiple programs a day. Due to this, programs will not be extended for groups that arrive after their scheduled arrival time. Educators will cover as much material as possible in the time remaining. 

Weather Conditions: The Zoo hosts programs in all weather. Please make sure all participants (adults and children) are dressed appropriately for the weather. While education programs typically take place under our tents, other areas are not necessarily covered. If there is a school cancellation, please make sure to reach out to The Zoo ahead of time to cancel or reschedule your programs.