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Home School Academy Fourth Fridays

Activities for all ages every 4th Friday of the month


This program provides the opportunity for home school families to have a monthly zoo field trip. Every fourth friday we'll have a special home school day with programs and activities for preK through high school levels. 

Each month we'll center the programs and activities around a different theme. Programs will be held in the classroom and will follow the schedule below:

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Ages 4-8 (PreK-3rd grade level)
  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch (bring your own or purchase at cafe)
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm Ages 9-12 (4-7 grade level)
  • 2:00 - 3:30 pm Ages 13-18 (8-12 grade level)

When not in a program, you and your children may tour the zoo and explore some other activities and learning opportunities. Admission is included in the cost of the program.

Program Themes:

February - Watershed Conservation
March - Baby Animals & Their Parents
April - Conservation of Endangered Species
May - The Lives of Butterflies
June - Invasive Species of New York

Program cost: $10 / child, Member price $7
(program fees include admission for the child and 1 adult per family)

Call to sign up: 315-755-0895 or 315-755-0896

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