Scavenger Hunts

Available at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium, Scavenger Hunts give you a new and exciting way to go on a self-guided adventure in our parks and observe our animals!

We have two themes to explore:

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All ages

Wild Science

Want to be a keeper or a field scientist? In this self-guided scavenger hunt your group will try out some of the skills scientists and zookeepers use. Wild Science is designed for groups of all ages to working together to complete this fun scavenger hunt.

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All ages

Mystery Animal

Inspector Ranger Captain Doctor Zoo has a mystery for you to solve. Your group will explore exhibits, following a set of clues to solve the identity of the mystery animal together. This is a self-guided scavenger hunt designed for multi-generational learning fun!

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Please note the following for all Outdoor Programs:

  • Terms & Conditions: Every group is required to read and agree to our Terms and Conditions at the time of booking.
  • Know Before You Go: For the most up to date information, please visit the Know Before You Go Page for the park you plan to visit:
  • Mask Requirement: For the most up to date policies on face coverings, please visit the Rules page for the park you plan to visit:
  • Eating & Drinking: Please do not eat or drink during this program. Designated food service and seating areas are available for you to visit before or after your program.
  • Maximum number of participants: In order to comply with social distancing guidelines,
    • Outdoor Adventures can accommodate a maximum of 10 children and 3 adults. We require we require 1 adult for every 5 children. All children present must meet the minimum age of the group and will be included in the participant total. Non-participating younger siblings are not permitted in the program space. Please plan adult supervision accordingly.
    • Scavenger Hunts can accommodate up to 13 people.
  • Ages:
    • Outdoor Adventures are recommended for students in Grades 3-8. Younger siblings are not permitted to attend. Please plan adult supervision accordingly.
    • Scavenger Hunts can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
  • Inclement weather: If WCS cancels the program due to inclement weather, we will work with you to find an acceptable date to reschedule. If no date can be found, we will refund your program fee.

*Failure to follow the face coverings guidelines or the Terms and Conditions may result in your program being cancelled. We will not reschedule or issue a refund for programs cancelled for failure to follow the above safety precautions.

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call 800-433-4149 or email

Please visit the Bronx Zoo Know Before You Go page to review park policies related to COVID-19.

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