Queens Zoo
53 - 51 111th Street
Flushing, NY 11368
(718) 271-1500

The recently reopened Queens Wildlife Center is devoted to magnificent North American animals. Divided into "Wild" and "domestic" areas, this zoo houses some 250 animals of 40 species. Visitors will explore pockets of North American habitat, from the great American Plains to a rocky California Coast, to a Northeastern Forest. Mountain lions, bobcats, bison, coyotes, black bears, elk, sea lions, and other animals will be found here. A great aviary and a real marsh habitat are homes for native wildlife and a wide variety of birds.

In the domestic area, kids (and adults) can meet and touch sheep, ducks, goats, rabbits, and other animals. There is an Education Center, where people of all ages can learn about wildlife and plants.

The Zoo also offers excellent School Programs for students in grades pre - K through 12. Animals and You (pre-K and K): teaches about our important relationships with wildlife. Students have fun comparing similarities and differences between themselves and animals; Magnificent Mammals (1 - 3): uses hands-on activities and live animal observations to study animal characteristics. Includes an exciting predator/prey activity; Wildlife in Your Backyard (4 - 8): examines the wildlife living with us and why a healthy environment is beneficial to both animal and man. Other programs are available. In addition, Center will work with teachers to create Customized Programs to suit students' needs.

Programs last 60 - 90 minutes. Class size is limited to 25 for pre - K and K, and 35 for grades 1 through 12. Programs are held rain or shine. Teachers Workshops in wildlife and the environment are also available several times per year. They offer an exceptional value that many teachers will want to check out. Note that educational programs are subject to change without notice. The programs described here are representative of the types of programs available.

Hours: Open every day at 10am. Closes weekdays 5pm, weekends & holidays 5:30pm (November thru March 4:30 daily)
Adults $8.00
Seniors $6.00
Children to 12 $5.00
Under 3 FREE
Members FREE
Group admission same.
School Programs cost about $200 per class, which includes admission. Additional classes on same day are discounted.
Group Reservations: No advance registration required for group visits. Programs should be reserved at least 8 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Cafe on grounds.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-95 (Cross Bronx Expwy) East to Whitestone Bridge. Van Wyck Expwy south to I-495 (LIE) West. Take exit for 108th St. North on 108th. Turn right at 48th Ave. to 111th St. Follow signs for Hall of Science parking lot. 30 minutes east of the George Washington Bridge.

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