Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Apr
19
Fri
School Break Education Program: Barnyard Bash @ Utica Zoo
Apr 19 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
School Break Education Program: Barnyard Bash @ Utica Zoo

No school? Bring your kids to the Utica Zoo to learn all about animal habitats! Our school break Zoo camps are held from 10 am to 1 pm and are open to learners from 1st to 4th grade. Camp activities include animal meet and greets, enrichment projects, touring the zoo, and crafts.

The cost of each session is $30.00 per child for members and $35.00 per child for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required for all camp sessions. If you have any questions or would like to sign a child up for a camp session, please email the education department at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or call 315-738-0472 ext. 36.

Friday, April 19th: Barnyard Bash

Apr
20
Sat
2019 Utica Zoo Eggstravaganza @ Utica Zoo
Apr 20 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2019 Utica Zoo Eggstravaganza @ Utica Zoo

Join us on Saturday, April 20th for our annual Eggstravaganza event from 10 AM – 3 PM at the Utica Zoo!

This event is full of activities and great for all ages. Come and meet the Easter Bunny!

Eggstravaganza is all about the egg! We will be exploring and celebrating the many different species of animals that lay eggs and how truly different and unique each egg can be. There will be animal meet & greets egg enrichment for the zoo animals, and much more. Remember to bring your basket for the big egg hunt!

RSVP on Facebook HERE

The 2019 Utica Zoo Eggstravaganza is sponsored by Empower Federal Credit Union.

The Utica Zoo will be open to visitors on April 20 from 10am-4:45pm. Eggstravaganza is included with Zoo Admission. Utica Zoo members get in free. Prices listed below.

Admission Rates for Eggstravaganza

Child 0 to 2: Free
Child 3 to 12: $4.75
Adults 13 to 61: $8.00
Seniors 62+, Military, & College Students w/ ID $6.75
Egg Hunt Fee: $2.00 for members and $3.00 for Not-yet Members

The egg hunt is an all-day event. More details to be added as they are finalized! All information subject to change.

Apr
25
Thu
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Apr 25 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes activities, crafts, powerpoint presentations, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our homeschool class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements.

All classes are held in the zoo’s Auditorium for approximately one hour. 

11:00am; K – 2nd Grade (students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program)

1:00pm; 3rd Grade & up (students may be dropped off – sign in will be required)

The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus adult admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, Contact Nicolette Hajdasz at birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or by phone at 315-738-0472 ext. 34.

 

Schedule:

September 20th – Introduction to program & ‘Classification Stations’

Welcome back to homeschool at the zoo! We will do a quick reintroduction to our homeschool program followed by some classification activities and a meet n’ greet with some live animals from the animal groups that we discuss.

October 25th – ‘Preparing for winter’

How do you prepare for winter? This month we will talk about the many ways that our native animals prepare themselves for the harsh winter months here in upstate New York. There will be some live animal meet n’ greets with our resident native creatures, as well as a little-guided exploration to a native animals exhibit to learn about how we keep our animals warm here at the zoo.

This class will include a small pumpkin to paint or take home to carve (paint will be provided during the class).

November 8th – ‘Animal Coverings’

Have you ever thought about why an animal might be covered with either fur, feathers, or scales? We will discuss the many different ways that animals keep themselves safe in their environment, as well as meet some live animals from around the world with unique coverings.

January 24th – TBA

February 28th – TBA

March 21st – TBA

April 25th – TBA

May 23rd – TBA

June 13th – TBA

May
1
Wed
Plant It! at the Utica Zoo | Air Plants @ Utica Zoo
May 1 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Plant It! at the Utica Zoo | Air Plants @ Utica Zoo

Celebrate Spring at the Utica Zoo with a series of fun, planet-friendly programs. Engage in a fun, take-home project while you learn all about the plants and animals of a habitat. For ages 12 and up.

May 1: Air Plants
Air Plants are epiphytes, meaning plants that grow without dirt. Air Plants attach themselves to rocks, trees, shrubs, or the ground with their roots. They get their nutrients and moisture from the air. Make a fun planter for your air plant, meet a few rainforest animals and enjoy rainforest snacks!

Cost is $25 for members and $30 for not-yet-members. Interested in becoming a Utica Zoo Member? Save money on signature events and admission all year long! Visit UticaZoo.org/membership today!

Each class is limited to 20 participants, so register today! Contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472 x.26

May
4
Sat
Party for the Planet @ Utica Zoo
May 4 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Party for the Planet @ Utica Zoo

Utica Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet/ Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Utica Zoo. We will be celebrating our animals and how important they are to our world! Pine saplings will be given to the first 50 families in attendance, and animal meet and greets will occur throughout the day.

  • Meet Smokey Bear!
  • Visit our many conservation tables and earth-friendly vendors
  • Free Paper Shredding by Empire Recycling
  • Dolly & Sunny will be here offering face painting

Regular admission applies; Zoo members get in for free! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org! We can’t wait to see you here!

More details to be added soon!

May
10
Fri
Lettuce for Lunch | Hatchlings @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
May 10 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations, and new animals to meet!

The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members and $7.00/child for non-members plus admission. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is requiredFor more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36. 

Friday, May 10, 2019 – Lettuce for Lunch

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May
22
Wed
Plant It! at the Utica Zoo | Plants for Pollinators @ Utica Zoo
May 22 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Plant It! at the Utica Zoo | Plants for Pollinators @ Utica Zoo

Celebrate Spring at the Utica Zoo with a series of fun, planet-friendly programs. Engage in a fun, take-home project while you learn all about the plants and animals of a habitat. For ages 12 and up.

May 22: Plants for Pollinators
Pollinators are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. Learn all about these vital animals and what you can do to help them. Plant an herb to bring home and attract pollinators to your own garden.

Each class is limited to 20 participants, so register today! Contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472 x.26

Cost is $25 for members and $30 for not-yet-members. Interested in becoming a Utica Zoo Member? Save money on signature events and admission all year long! Visit UticaZoo.org/membership today!

May
23
Thu
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
May 23 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes activities, crafts, powerpoint presentations, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our homeschool class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements.

All classes are held in the zoo’s Auditorium for approximately one hour. 

11:00am; K – 2nd Grade (students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program)

1:00pm; 3rd Grade & up (students may be dropped off – sign in will be required)

The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus adult admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, Contact Nicolette Hajdasz at birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or by phone at 315-738-0472 ext. 34.

 

Schedule:

September 20th – Introduction to program & ‘Classification Stations’

Welcome back to homeschool at the zoo! We will do a quick reintroduction to our homeschool program followed by some classification activities and a meet n’ greet with some live animals from the animal groups that we discuss.

October 25th – ‘Preparing for winter’

How do you prepare for winter? This month we will talk about the many ways that our native animals prepare themselves for the harsh winter months here in upstate New York. There will be some live animal meet n’ greets with our resident native creatures, as well as a little-guided exploration to a native animals exhibit to learn about how we keep our animals warm here at the zoo.

This class will include a small pumpkin to paint or take home to carve (paint will be provided during the class).

November 8th – ‘Animal Coverings’

Have you ever thought about why an animal might be covered with either fur, feathers, or scales? We will discuss the many different ways that animals keep themselves safe in their environment, as well as meet some live animals from around the world with unique coverings.

January 24th – TBA

February 28th – TBA

March 21st – TBA

April 25th – TBA

May 23rd – TBA

June 13th – TBA

Jun
1
Sat
2019 Wine in the Wilderness @ Utica Zoo
Jun 1 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019 Wine in the Wilderness @ Utica Zoo

2019 Wine in the Wilderness

The 20th Annual Utica Zoo Wine in the Wilderness is Saturday, June 1st from 6pm-9pm at the Utica Zoo! Sample New York State wines from over 20 NYS wineries, cool off with a famous wine slushie from Ashley Lynn Winery or switch to draft beer samples from Saranac Brewery. LIVE music from SimpleProps, light snacks, and a wide variety of vendors. Wine in the Wilderness is rain or shine and strictly 21+ with valid ID.

More details to follow. Sponsorship opportunities are available. E-mail events@uticazoo.org to inquire.

Ticket Details

  • General Admission: $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
  • Utica Zoo Members: $30 in advance and $35 at the door. (Available online and at the Zoo gift shop only.)
  • Designated Drivers: $20 in advance and at the door. Designated driver tickets to do not get a wine glass and will not be served alcohol at the event.

All ticket proceeds benefit the Utica Zoo. Ticket purchase locations to be announced.

Parking

Free parking at the Utica Zoo with free overflow parking at MVCC Payne Hall parking lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Shuttle buses will take you to and from the zoo at no cost from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo.

Zoo Hours

Please note that the Utica Zoo is open from 10am to 1pm on this day and will reopen at 6pm for the event.

Jun
13
Thu
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Jun 13 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

The Utica Zoo Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes activities, crafts, powerpoint presentations, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our homeschool class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements.

All classes are held in the zoo’s Auditorium for approximately one hour. 

11:00am; K – 2nd Grade (students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program)

1:00pm; 3rd Grade & up (students may be dropped off – sign in will be required)

The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus adult admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, Contact Nicolette Hajdasz at birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or by phone at 315-738-0472 ext. 34.

 

Schedule:

September 20th – Introduction to program & ‘Classification Stations’

Welcome back to homeschool at the zoo! We will do a quick reintroduction to our homeschool program followed by some classification activities and a meet n’ greet with some live animals from the animal groups that we discuss.

October 25th – ‘Preparing for winter’

How do you prepare for winter? This month we will talk about the many ways that our native animals prepare themselves for the harsh winter months here in upstate New York. There will be some live animal meet n’ greets with our resident native creatures, as well as a little-guided exploration to a native animals exhibit to learn about how we keep our animals warm here at the zoo.

This class will include a small pumpkin to paint or take home to carve (paint will be provided during the class).

November 8th – ‘Animal Coverings’

Have you ever thought about why an animal might be covered with either fur, feathers, or scales? We will discuss the many different ways that animals keep themselves safe in their environment, as well as meet some live animals from around the world with unique coverings.

January 24th – TBA

February 28th – TBA

March 21st – TBA

April 25th – TBA

May 23rd – TBA

June 13th – TBA