Educator Resources

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

WCS's Education Department, is dedicated to providing quality services and resources to teachers in the New York City region and across the country. Our professional development courses for teachers, lesson plans, and other materials for use with grades K–12 have won awards from leading and prestigious organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Classroom Activities

These preparatory and post-visit activities help your students make the most of their day at the zoo or aquarium. Supplementary materials are available for a variety of ages, including Lumpy, Bumpy, Scratchy, Smooth for grades K–3 and Animal Architects for grades 6–8.

Activities at the Zoo

Downloadable educational activities like Spot the Stripe, Adaptation Match, and Foot Note keep students engaged throughout your zoo visit.

Online Interactive Activities for the Classroom

Our online activities use interactive games to reinforce science concepts. By incorporating these games into your lesson plans, you'll add a new dimension to your classroom.


Visit the WCS YouTube page to connect with critters from our five New York City facilities. Through these videos, your students can also meet some of the people who care for the animals and hear from our wildlife conservationists located around the world.


Keep up with the latest news from the wild on and scroll through our archive of life science education newsletters.

Tips and Tricks

Check out these helpful guides for student research:

A Student Guide to Doing Basic Research

Guide for Teaching Basic Research Concepts and Skills

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