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.

School Programs

We offer a variety of programs that take advantage of the aquarium’s state-of-the art exhibits and resources to weave together key concepts across various disciplines to enhance your science curricula. Our NYA instructor-led programs are designed to encourage students to appreciate and make connections with our watery world through guided self-discovery, hands-on activities, and science investigations. All of our programs are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, New York State Science Core Curriculum Standards, and Ocean Literacy Principles. We look forward to helping your group explore aquatic treasures near and far!

Note: Program fees vary by grade. Special needs group fees are $100 (6/6) or $150 (12/12) across all grades.

Teaching Fellowship

The Education Department’s Teaching 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 conduct effective aquatic wildlife programs that invite and foster student-directed learning, and learn pertinent information about local and global conservation issues.

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.

Educator Resources

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

New York Aquarium Volunteer Programs

Become an Aquarium volunteer and help staff exhibits; assist keepers with animal care, training, and exhibit maintenance; teach visitors about marine conservation; or work at events and education programs. We offer three volunteer programs with unique responsibilities.

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. 

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

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.