Programs: Zoo exempt purpose achievement - the zoo's purpose is to relay the importance of conservation and educate guests. The zoo joined the international species inventory system in 1975 and began its first species survival plan in 1982, which has grown to 21 cooperative breeding programs today. In 1985, the erie zoo was accredited by the american zoo and aquarium association, successfully undergoing accreditation reviews every five years. The zoo has education opportunities throughout the park. Visitors are able to learn about animals and conservation efforts by reading signage throughout the zoo. There are also animal shows that provide information about our animal collections as well as meet a keeper programs that allow our guests to ask any questions they may have.
education - our education programs are offered on grounds for 6 month olds up to adults as well as off grounds to pre k to high school students. Our in house programming offers a variety of classes from our zootots programs to our teacher's workshops which are eligible for act 48 credits. We also offer classes that can be taken while on a group trip here at the zoo. Each class is tailored especially for the age level by teaching different categories related to the same topic. Our outreach programs are offered in much the same way, having different topics for a specific age level. Both group classes and outreach are designed to meet certain pa standards for science and technology, pa standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, or pa standards for environment and ecology. In doing this we are able to ensure the content of our classes are in line with our state's standards. All classes offered by the zoo are designed to spread our message of conservation and to educate the public about both our animals and animals in the wild as well as teach important science topics.
rink - our jmc ice arena is used by erie youth hockey and the westminster skating club as a practice facility to teach youngsters to skate.