Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Oct
18
Thu
Docent Training Course @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Oct 18 @ 5:00 PM – Oct 19 @ 8:00 PM
Docent Training Course @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

2018 Docent Training Course – 2 Days (18 years or older)

(Day 1) Thursday, October 18th 5pm-8pm

(Day 2) Friday, October 19th 5pm-8pm

Utica Zoo is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our team of docents!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo.

What does a docent do?
*Assists with education classes both on and off zoo grounds
*Promotes the zoo’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador and educating the visiting public on important conservation topics through the use of bio-facts, live animals, and other educational tools.
*Leads guided educational tours
*Helps during special events
*Participates in animal enrichment activities
*And many more…

Anyone looking to become a docent must be at least 18 years of age and must attend both days of the Docent Training Course. We also recommend that anyone looking to become a Utica Zoo Docent have at least a two-year college degree. The Docent training course will cover very important information that all of our docents are required to know, and maintain knowledge of.

 

The fee for the course is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. This fee covers any/all materials that will be handed out during or after the course is completed, a docent t-shirt, and a name badge. The fee also covers your first year of ‘docent dues’ (docents are asked to pay an annual fee of $10 to the Docent Organization that may be used for multiple things, such as enrichment items, docent trips, picnics, etc.).

Oct
19
Fri
Docent Training Course @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Oct 19 @ 5:00 PM – Oct 20 @ 8:00 PM
Docent Training Course @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

2018 Docent Training Course – 2 Days (18 years or older)

(Day 1) Thursday, October 18th 5pm-8pm

(Day 2) Friday, October 19th 5pm-8pm

Utica Zoo is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our team of docents!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo.

What does a docent do?
*Assists with education classes both on and off zoo grounds
*Promotes the zoo’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador and educating the visiting public on important conservation topics through the use of bio-facts, live animals, and other educational tools.
*Leads guided educational tours
*Helps during special events
*Participates in animal enrichment activities
*And many more…

Anyone looking to become a docent must be at least 18 years of age and must attend both days of the Docent Training Course. We also recommend that anyone looking to become a Utica Zoo Docent have at least a two-year college degree. The Docent training course will cover very important information that all of our docents are required to know, and maintain knowledge of.

 

The fee for the course is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. This fee covers any/all materials that will be handed out during or after the course is completed, a docent t-shirt, and a name badge. The fee also covers your first year of ‘docent dues’ (docents are asked to pay an annual fee of $10 to the Docent Organization that may be used for multiple things, such as enrichment items, docent trips, picnics, etc.).

Oct
20
Sat
Spooktacular Harvest Festival @ Utica Zoo
Oct 20 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Spooktacular Harvest Festival @ Utica Zoo | Utica | New York | United States

The 32nd Annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival has returned! Save October 20th and 21st in your calendar!

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun and spooky good times! Live Music, fall favorite treats, food trucks, trick or treating, games and activities, pumpkin carving and painting contest, and of course over 200 animals on the scenic grounds of the Utica Zoo.

Cost: Cost: Members-$6 for adults, $3 for kids | Not-Yet members-$10 for adults, $6 for kids.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE TO MEMBERS: Use your membership e-mail address as the promo code to access member tickets.

Admission Cost includes full-day access to the Zoo, plus everything listed below:

Trick or Treat and Game Stations:  Multiple trick or treat and game stations will be set up throughout the Zoo. Grab your sweet treats and have tons of fun!

Costume Parade: Wear your best costume and join the Costume Parade through Pangea Plaza! The parade starts at 1 pm in front of the Auditorium. All are welcome to join and registration is not required.

Pumpkin Contest: Have some pumpkin art skills? Show them off! Pumpkin carving and pumpkin painting competition on both days. Pumpkins must be pre-carved/painted and submitted for judging.

11a-12p: Registration and Drop-Off

1p-2p: Voting by visitors

2:30p: Winners Announced

Dance Performances by Maria Christina’s School of Dance

Hula Hooper Performances by Upstate Hoopz

Comedy Magic by Jim Okey(Sunday Only)

Shows at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Autumn Avenue Market: Meet some of our local farm and craft stand vendors and pick up your favorite Autumn house goods, snacks, and crafts.

Food Trucks and Snacks: Bring your appetite for Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion, Louie’s Grapevine Gyro Cart and Voss’ at the Zoo or everyone’s fall favorites: apple cider and donuts.

Music byThe Brian Mulkerne Band

Inflatable Super Slide from Varano Super Jump

Parking and Shuttles: Both parking lots at the Zoo will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow parking will be located at MVCC Payne Hall Lot or the Parkway Rec Center and there will be shuttles available.

More details coming soon!

Oct
21
Sun
Spooktacular Harvest Festival @ Utica Zoo
Oct 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Spooktacular Harvest Festival @ Utica Zoo | Utica | New York | United States

The 32nd Annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival has returned! Save October 20th and 21st in your calendar!

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun and spooky good times! Live Music, fall favorite treats, food trucks, trick or treating, games and activities, pumpkin carving and painting contest, and of course over 200 animals on the scenic grounds of the Utica Zoo.

Cost: Cost: Members-$6 for adults, $3 for kids | Not-Yet members-$10 for adults, $6 for kids.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE TO MEMBERS: Use your membership e-mail address as the promo code to access member tickets.

Admission Cost includes full-day access to the Zoo, plus everything listed below:

Trick or Treat and Game Stations:  Multiple trick or treat and game stations will be set up throughout the Zoo. Grab your sweet treats and have tons of fun!

Costume Parade: Wear your best costume and join the Costume Parade through Pangea Plaza! The parade starts at 1 pm in front of the Auditorium. All are welcome to join and registration is not required.

Pumpkin Contest: Have some pumpkin art skills? Show them off! Pumpkin carving and pumpkin painting competition on both days. Pumpkins must be pre-carved/painted and submitted for judging.

11a-12p: Registration and Drop-Off

1p-2p: Voting by visitors

2:30p: Winners Announced

Dance Performances by Maria Christina’s School of Dance

Hula Hooper Performances by Upstate Hoopz

Comedy Magic by Jim Okey(Sunday Only)

Shows at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Autumn Avenue Market: Meet some of our local farm and craft stand vendors and pick up your favorite Autumn house goods, snacks, and crafts.

Food Trucks and Snacks: Bring your appetite for Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion, Louie’s Grapevine Gyro Cart and Voss’ at the Zoo or everyone’s fall favorites: apple cider and donuts.

Music byThe Brian Mulkerne Band

Inflatable Super Slide from Varano Super Jump

Parking and Shuttles: Both parking lots at the Zoo will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow parking will be located at MVCC Payne Hall Lot or the Parkway Rec Center and there will be shuttles available.

More details coming soon!

Nov
1
Thu
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Pumpkin Pandemonium @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Nov 1 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Pumpkin Pandemonium @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Pumpkin Pandemonium-Pumpkins will rule the day as we investigate who eats pumpkins and make some pumpkin treats for a few of our animals. Make a pumpkin turkey to take home.

Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age-appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5 but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session up front at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.

Nov
15
Thu
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Talking Turkey @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Nov 15 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Talking Turkey @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Talking Turkey-Poor Terrence Turkey is stuck in a tree! Join us to learn all about turkeys and help Terrence out of the tree.

 

Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5 but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session up front at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.

Nov
16
Fri
Hatchlings Preschool Exploration Stations | Leaping Lizards @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Nov 16 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Hatchlings Preschool Exploration Stations | Leaping Lizards @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Lots of lovable lizards!

Spike the Bearded Dragon and Winston the blue-tongued skink will join our class.

Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center just 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, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.

Nov
29
Thu
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Snowflakes @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Nov 29 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Snowflakes @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Snowflakes-Did you know that no two snowflakes are the same? The same can be said about the stripes and spots on many animals. Come to see how animals use those spots and stripes to blend into their habitat. We will also try our hand at making Snow!

Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5 but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session up front at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.

Dec
8
Sat
Holiday Hoot
Dec 8 all-day

Join us on Saturday, December 8th for our annual Holiday Hoot event.

Dec
13
Thu
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Making Tracks @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Dec 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Winter Zoo Adventures STEM Academy | Making Tracks @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Making Tracks-Join us at the zoo as we follow some animal tracks and see what kind of animals were walking around the zoo at night. Make a track book to take home with you.

Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age-appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5 but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session up front at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.