The Education Division of WCS offers a variety of learning experiences for teachers; throughout the year, on weekends and during school breaks. Whether on-site at one of our five WCS parks across the City, online from the comfort of your home, or through our partnerships, teachers can earn credit as they learn how to connect to wild nature.
Teachers Advisory Council

Teacher Advisory Council

Are you interested in becoming even more involved in the Zoo’s conservation education initiatives? The Zoo's Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) may be the opportunity for you. TAC is composed of certified teachers and educators who are able to commit to a two-year term to advise us on our educational programs, discuss the changing needs of today’s teachers, and serve as Bronx Zoo ambassadors in their schools, district and community. TAC members are selected from teachers across a variety of content areas and grade levels throughout the tri-state area.

School Programs

School Programs at the Zoo

Learning is an adventure when you enroll in one of Bronx Zoo's education programs. We offer a wide range of programs to enhance science curricula and educate and inspire diverse communities so they come to appreciate the wonders of wildlife and wild places.

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Bronx Zoo Volunteer Programs

The Bronx Zoo offers two ways to volunteer. As a seasonal Discovery Guide, you'll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at birthday parties and run children's activities. As a year-round Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) you'll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, interact with families at Discovery Stations, assist with educational programs, and assist with special events.

Educational Materials

The Education Division of the Wildlife Conservation Society has developed award-winning educational materials for teachers of grades K–12. These materials use the motivating power of wildlife to bring science alive in your classroom and integrate visits to zoos, aquariums, and parks into your curriculum

Professional Development at the Zoos and Aquarium

The Education Division of WCS offers teacher courses throughout the year, on weekends as well as during vacations, at all five WCS parks across the city. All courses provide new teacher credit and many can be taken for graduate credits from area colleges or P credits from the NYC Board of Education. 

Educator Resources

Courses for teachers and lesson plans for use with grades K-12 developed by the Education Division of WCS have won awards from leading and prestigious organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education, Association of Educational Publishers, and  Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Online Professional Development

Through convenient online and hybrid in-person and online programs, we are reaching new audiences of busy educators. Courses include books, kits, and other educational materials to use in the classroom. Our online courses are also a great way for you to connect your students to educators around the country and throughout the world!

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Take your students on a trip to the zoo without leaving the classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo’s Distance Learning Expeditions bring live, engaging programs directly to your K–12 class. Programs include extensive teacher support materials.

Wildlife Conservation Society/Fordham University Masters in Education

The Education Division of WCS and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Science in Education and New York State Initial Teacher Certification in adolescent science education (biology grades 7–12). Coursework is split between Fordham’s Bronx campus and the Bronx Zoo. Download the brochure for more information.


Conservation Education Fellowships

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Conservation Education Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students to explore conservation education in-depth. Fellows acquire the skills needed to provide a wildlife classroom that invites and fosters student-directed learning, and learn pertinent information about conservation issues with a global impact.  Particular emphasis is placed on the Wildlife Conservation Society's efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.   Locations for the fellowship include all 5 WCS Parks - New York Aquarium, Central Park, Queens, Prospect Park and Bronx Zoo.