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Prospect Park and Queens Zoo Launch New Educational Quests Program

Prospect Park and Queens Zoo Launch New Educational Quests Program

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists work around the world to save wildlife, and now families who visit Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo can learn more about that work through the newly expanded WCS Quests experiential program, according to a press release.

While the Quests are specifically designed for children, adults can also participate so it can become a family affair. The program allows visitors to learn about animals at each zoo and in the wild in a scavenger hunt format. Participants receive a Quests map brochure at the start of the adventure at each zoo and then visit several stations spread around each park to complete science and conservation challenges. The goal is to connect everyone with the animals and nature in a new and exciting way. Visitors are encouraged to share their experience on social media with the hashtag #wcsquests.

Prospect Park Zoo Quests takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays through Labor Day, then on weekends only through Columbus Day. Some of the stations include:

Nature Playscape – Participants will get creative along the Discovery Trail, with activities and explorations using natural objects inspired by the animals that live there.

Wetland Wonders– Inside the Animal Lifestyles building, visitors will learn about the wetland habitats of New York City and what they can do to keep these ecosystems healthy. 

Conservation Station – At the Hall of Animals exhibit, visitors will conduct experiments inspired by the activities of WCS scientists saving wildlife and wild places around the world.

Queens Zoo Quests takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Labor Day only. The stations there include:

Bird Station – Visitors will identify the amazing birds at the zoo, using binoculars provided by zoo staff. 

Sea Lion Station – Visitors will learn about the aquatic animals that live in New York City’s waterways while discovering simple ways they can help keep the New York seascape clean for wildlife and people. 

Farm Fun – The zoo is home to a wide range of domestic animals, including sheep, goats, chickens, and horses.  Participants will play farm-themed games and learn about the fuzzy domestic friends who live on the zoo’s farm. 

For more information on the Quests, visit the Prospect Park Zoo website and Queens Zoo.

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Main photo: Julie Larsen Maher © Courtesy WCS

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