Southwick's Zoo

 
Southwick’s Zoo is home to over 850 animals, such as chimpanzees, lions, giraffes, colorful mandrill monkeys, and many endangered species, including white rhinos. Southwick’s also offers educational and entertaining shows. Along with the entertainment, you will find stunning, large, naturalistic habitats for the animals. Other popular venues at the zoo include: Avian Adventures presentation, The EARTH Discovery Center, picnic grounds, kiddie rides, petting zoo, Woodland’s Express Train, Skyfari Skyride, deer forest, picnic grounds, a play park, food venues, the elegant purple peacock gift shop, and parakeet landing.
 
Field Trip Highlights: 
Woodland Express Train. Ongoing. Grade Level: All grades. 
Take a 15-minute round trip ride around the North American Exhibit and local wetlands via a rubber tire train. 
 
Elkhorn Mining & Panning Co. Ongoing. Grade Level: All grades. 
Enjoy panning the sluice for emeralds, rubies, arrowheads, fossils, and more!
 
Pony Rides at the Elkhorn Livery Stable. Ongoing. Grade Level: PreK-6th. 
Travel back in time to the old west with a pony ride! Weight limit is 90 pounds.
 
Contact Info
Address: 2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756. Tel: 800-258-9182 ext. 501. Email: southwicks@southwickszoo.com. Website: www.southwickszoo.com. Hrs: 10AM-5PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3-4 hours. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Zoo Lesson Plan

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive. Students act like scientists to observe animal life while focusing on the diets and eating habits.... Continue