The Prospect Park Zoo, located on 12 acres adjacent to Prospect Park, provides rich opportunities for our students to learn about animals and their place in the world. These experiences build vocabulary, make connections to classroom instruction, and provide material
The Zoo, which is part of the Bronx-based Wildlife Conservation Society, has an extensive educational program, which is aligned with New York state Learning Standards in science, math, technology, and literacy.
During their visits, LGCS students have encounters with live animals, such as ferrets, Pygmy Goats, Baby Doll Sheep, Jacob’s Four-Horned Sheep, and the Great Horned Owl.
In the Zoo’s Discovery Center, students can play with puppets, look through binoculars and observe fish and turtles. On other days, they may tour the zoo’s gardens and exhibits, observe wildlife in the zoo’s marshes, visit the domestic animals at its farm, discover the world of nocturnal animals or watch the antics of the zoo’s Hamadryas baboons.
Parent volunteers play an important role at LGCS.
The main vehicle for volunteering is the LGCS Parent Association, which organizes the school's book fair, and events for students. Each classroom has at least one class parent who helps arrange for parents to volunteer in the classroom, reading to students, or assisting teachers and aides. Parents with a particular expertise can talk with students about their specialties. They can also serve as chaperones on the weekly field-study trips to educational sites in Brooklyn.