Home School Programs

Program Description

The Buffalo Zoo offers unique monthly home school classes for the whole family to experience the world of animals like a real naturalist! Classes will focus on a different topic each month and include hands-on family activities, live animal encounters, and guided exhibit visits.

Classes will be held on Fridays in the Zoo’s Education Department. Information and activities covered within each class will include inquiry and family projects that are appropriate for any age. 


Program Details

What:  Home school workshop programs

Who:  Families with children ages 5 – 11

Where:  At the Zoo

When:  Scheduled dates

Time:  2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost:  Members: $12 per person, per program (Must present card at program check-in)

Non-Members: $24.95 per person, per program (Includes Zoo admission at our lowest group rate)

How:  Click the Register Online button

Program fee includes a post-program worksheet to continue the learning fun at the Zoo

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone attending the classes must be registered. All families must have a minimum of 1 adult registered.  





October 23rd – What’s on your Plate?

Explore animal diets and how animals find their food.


November 13th – Backyard Animals

Discover the animals and habitats that call New York home.


December 11th – World Safari

Join our expedition filled with animals from around the world.


January 8th – Amazing Adaptations

Examine the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.


February 12th – The Cycles of Life

Get a glimpse into the lives of animals that go through big changes throughout their lives.


March 12th – You Can be a Zookeeper

Experience the exciting career of animal care.


April 9th – Animal Habitats

Investigate the different habitats of the world and create a habitat for your favorite animal.


May 14th – Animal Behavior

Observe animals and design a plan to study their behavior.


June 11th – Vanishing Animals

Help us solve the mystery of the vanishing animals and learn how you can help.



Note for in-person classes: All guests are required to have their temperature checked before they enter the Zoo. Any guest with a body temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will not be permitted to enter the Zoo. If you do not feel well, we ask that you do not visit. Please call 716-995-6127 to reschedule any classes you have reserved. During your visit, we require the use of face masks/coverings at all times for all guests ages 2 and up. In addition, all families will be asked to maintain social distancing throughout all programs. A portion of home school programs will take place outdoors, so please dress prepared for the weather.


Registration Info

Each program date is limited to 20 participants.

Register Online

For more information, or to be added to a wait list for a full program, please contact us at 716-995-6127