General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!


Beaversprite: The Conservation Education Center of the Utica Zoo

Located approximately 45 minutes East of Utica in the town of Oppenheim, Beaversprite is a 1300-acre parcel of land dedicated to hands-on conservation education. Originally founded as a wildlife sanctuary by Dorothy Richards, the Beaversprite Nature Center now serves as the hub of activities coordinated by the Utica Zoo to provide an additional hands-on, educational opportunity for visitors to learn more about the wildlife habitats found right in our own backyard.

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For everyone’s safety, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn when in the nature center, while at a program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.