Outreach

Wildlife Theater is the WCS's educational outreach program that brings the Zoo to You.

This program uses theater to teach young people about wild things and wild places, helping to build the next generation of conservationists. Performances are self-contained, interactive, fun and include songs, stories, games and puppets. Programs are aligned with state standards. A Wildlife Theater visit to your facility will bring natural science to life for your young learners in a very memorable way.


Auditorium Series

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Max Audience: 300

Cool Rainforest Connection

K–3rd Grade

We take the audience on an adventure with our superhero, Captain Cocoa, who is convinced he can save the rainforest. In fact, he learns, it might be the average person who can save the day. Students learn about the rainforest habitat and simple conservation actions.

Polar Opposites

K–3rd Grade

Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are the two ends of the world. They look and feel the same, but very different types of animals call these icy lands home. Students explore the similarities and differences through two shows, "Polar Bear and the Beat" and "A Penguin State of Mind."

Amazing Adaptation: The Dinosaur Adventure

K–5th Grade

Join Cope and Marsh as they go on and adventure back in time. Through puppets and song, students; learn about how dinosaurs adapted to the world. HINT: They were actually a lot like adaptations today.

Butterfly Boogie

K–5th Grade

Think bugs are gross? Think again! We'll take you and your students on a 3,000-mile adventure and show you why they're actually the coolest creatures around. The musical, interactive performance introduces students to metamorphosis and the interdependence of plants and animals.

Cool Rainforest Connections: Senior Selections

3rd-5th Grade

Learn about the layers of the rainforest, habitat geography and animals that reside in each one. Plus travel along with our superhero in, "The Adventures of Captain Cocoa."

Perfectly Penguin

3rd-5th Grade

Why would a wild polar bear never eat a penguin? Find out and learn many other facts about penguins and their amazing adaptations in our interactive show, "A Penguin State of Mind." You'll also learn about the importance of conservation as it relates to a polar habitat thousands of miles away.

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Classroom Series

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Max Audience: 25

Bring Wildlife Theater right into your classroom with our WILD (Wildlife Integrated into Language Development) Achievements Program. The WILD Program provides an unforgettable classroom experience for 25 or fewer students. Shows feature language development, science, and theater, and offer one-on-one, hands-on learning opportunities with our instructor-performer team.

Animal Adventures Medley

Pre-K & K

Our puppet troupe featuring Rhona the Rabbit comes to your class. We'll perform some short, interactive shows feature singing, guessing games, and storytelling about the animals you might find in a pond or barnyard. Students learn basic animal concepts such as shapes, sounds, locomo­tion, and metamorphosis.

Pentunia Penguin Goes to School

Pre-K-1st Grade

Our costumed character, Petunia Penguin, and polar explorer Admiral Bird transform your students into a team of Antarctic scientists. Through drama, games, and songs, we lead you on a chilly exploration. Using literacy development skills, students discover the adaptations penguins need to survive the harsh polar habitat.

Youcan the Toucan's Sense of the Rainforest

Pre-K-1st Grade

Bring the tropics to your classroom with a visit from our Youcan the Toucan puppet and explorer Jungle Jane. Together, they embark on an adventure that will transform your students into a jungle exploration team. Using their five senses, students experience a unique introduction to the rainforest that features creative drama, storytelling, and puppets.

Frankie the Frog's Pond Adventure

Pre-K-1st Grade

Frankie the Frog and friends show the students what life in a pond is really like for a frog. Students have a blast during this interactive program featuring magic, songs, puppet shows and games about pond and animal life.

Penguin Explorers

2nd-3rd Grade

Students learn about polar life and the special adaptations penguins need to survive there. Our actor-instructor team leads the group in hands-on learning and deductive reasoning featuring biofacts, games, drama, and puppetry. The students also learn about the challenges facing the polar regions and what they can do to make a difference.

Theater at the Zoo

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Maximum Audience: 35 students, 7 chaperones

Come see us at the Central Park Zoo. Wildlife Theater is offering private, one-hour programs that include a Wildlife Theater performance, an animal encounter, and a visit to an exhibit. Choose from rainforests to rivers and from bears to butterflies. Children will have the unique opportunity to touch a live animal related to your selected topic. Advanced booking required.

To Book Wildlife Theater

Call (212) 439-6558 or email wildlifetheater@wcs.org. Download a printer friendly version of our Wildlife Theater brochure.

Auditorium Series

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Maximum Audience: 300
  • Cost: One performance: $500; Multiple performances: $400 each
  • $50 surcharge for shows outside the 5 boroughs, weekend shows, or private events

Classroom Series

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Maximum Audience: 25
  • Cost: One performance: $275; Multiple performances: $250 each
  • $50 Surcharge for shows outside the 5 boroughs, weekend shows, or private events

Theater at the Zoo

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Maximum Audience: 35 students, 7 chaperones
  • Cost: One performance: $250, includes the program and zoo admission

All bookings for Wildlife Theater include Pre and Post Teachers Guides that connect to the themes covered in the performances.

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