Education Programs at WCS's Prospect Park Zoo

February through April 2010

Brooklyn, NY – This winter/spring, the Prospect Park Zoo is serving up family programs with an art focus. Come to the zoo, meet and touch animals, learn about nature and make beautiful animal crafts to take home. Programs are $20 non-members, $15 members which includes one child, one adult and zoo admission. To make a reservation, please call 718-399-7326 or email ppzeducation@wcs.org.


In Living Color
Animals come in all the colors of the rainbow. But how does an animal’s color help it to survive? In this program, children will engage in dramatic play, make a craft, meet animals and learn about warning, attracting, and camouflage colors.

Ages: 3 – 6 yrs
Date: Saturday February 27, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 11:30


Creature Crafts

In this hands-on program, children will meet a live animal in the classroom and work in groups to observe the physical characteristics of animal skulls and determine how these adaptations help the animals to survive in the wild.  Using art, children will describe and record their observations and make their own creative creatures to take home.

Ages: 7 – 11 yrs
Date: Saturday February 27, 2010
Time: 1
2


The Emu's Egg

Look and listen as an artist tells and illustrates the Australian folktale of the Emu’s Egg. Children will then examine real bird eggs from around the world and will see how other cultures have used eggs in art. This egg-citing session will end as children collage real bird eggs to take home.

Ages: 4 – 7 yrs
Date: Saturday March 20, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 11:30


The Art and Science of Bird Eggs

Children will begin by examining bird eggs from around the world and start a science experiment to determine the effect of chemicals on bird eggs. Then, they will see how other cultures have used bird eggs in art and they will collage real bird eggs to take home.

Ages: 8 – 11 yrs
Date: Saturday March 20, 2010
Time: 1 - 2


Animal Art Studio I

Goat van Goghs, meerkat Monets, and Pallas cat Picassos. Young artists will join us for a session of creativity and learning how to make art pieces featuring their favorite Prospect Park Zoo animals. These budding artists will get a chance to meet some live animal inspiration and bring their masterpieces home to show off to friends and family.

Ages: 4 – 7 yrs
Date: Sunday April 11, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 11:30


Animal Art Studio II

In this studio session young artists will get a chance to hone their skills while observing live animals and creating works of art that will hang in the Animals in Art gallery through the month of May at the Prospect Park Zoo.

Ages: 8 - 11 yrs
Date: Sunday April 11, 2010
Time: 1 – 2

Contact
Fran Hackett -  718-265-3428


Prospect Park Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April.  The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com.


The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

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