Plan Your Visit

To prepare for your class trip...

  • About three weeks before your visit…
      • A staff member from ESC will email you the pre-activity lesson for you to complete with your students to introduce them to the concepts and vocabulary that will be used during your program visit to ESC.
      • Please print, sign and send your invoice with your payment to ESC (Check or Money Order only). Payments should be sent to: ESC, 7151 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Checks should be made out to the "NYC Department of Education, in trust for ESC."
  • A few days before your visit…
      • An ESC staff member will call you to go over any special accommodations your students may need and to answer any questions you may have.
      • Make sure you have made arrangements to satisfy the 1:10 chaperone to student ratio requirement.
      • Make sure you have travel directions printed out. Our location is a little tricky, so be sure the bus driver has clear directions.
  • On the day of your visit…
      • Make sure students have appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor activities.
      • If you plan to eat here, have students bring their lunches; we will store them for you. Please note: We would strongly encourage school groups to be conscience of their lunch decisions and bring simple (plastic free) lunches that can be enjoyed quickly.
      • Call us when you are on your way (718) 444-6560.

Things to Know

  • When you register for a class program, a member of the ESC team will contact you to set up a pre-visit planning discussion or meeting to help you align the ESC program with your curriculum through readings and pre/post visit activities.
  • Teachers are welcome and encouraged to visit ESC before class programs. Please contact us at or 718-444-6560 to schedule a time to tour the center and meet with the ESC team.
  • The average class program time is 2 ½ hours long. Longer program lengths will be noted on the registration page.
  • Classes are held rain or shine. Dress appropriately – boots, hats, gloves, warm coats on cold/wet days and brimmed hats/sunscreen on sunny days.
  • Discipline is always the responsibility of the class teacher. Please have 1 adult chaperone (18 years or older) for every 10 students.
  • Classes may bring lunch and eat in the picnic area outside (weather permitting). We would strongly encourage school groups to be conscience of their lunch decisions and bring simple (plastic free) lunches that can be enjoyed quickly.
  • If your bus is running late, please call us at 718-444-6560 so we can plan accordingly.
  • Collecting plants and animals from our facility is not permitted

Pricing for Class Trips

  • NYC DOE and NYC charter schools - $75.00 per class (Check or Money Order)
  • Private and parochial schools and schools outside NYC limits - $250.00 per class (Check or Money Order)
  • Full payment is due two weeks prior to the scheduled program visit.
  • Cancelation Policy– Your notice of cancellation is required two weeks prior to your scheduled visit for a refund or to reschedule for an alternate date.


Click here to access ESC’s online class program registration portal. 

Special Needs Classes

ESC is an experiential, hands-on learning center and our programs can be differentiated for most special needs populations. Our facility is wheelchair accessible. It should be noted that some of our animals make loud sounds. Please call us at 718-444-6560 so we can discuss your program needs.

Frequently Asked Questions