Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Feb
17
Sun
Animal Valentine Exchange and Enrichment @ Utica Zoo
Feb 17 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join the Utica Zoo Education Department for a fun-filled program complete with Valentines and enrichment items! We have also teamed up with Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester for an “Animal Valentine Exchange”! This event is FREE WITH ZOO ADMISSION!

Bring the kids to the Utica Zoo Wildlife Hall on February 16 and 17 and make a Valentine to send to an animal at the Seneca Park Zoo. Children from Seneca Park will be creating Valentines to send to our animals also! We will also be making special enrichment items for our animals, including a Valentine Chain!

We will have the fire pit to keep warm, crafts, enrichment activities, and animal meet and greets.

Seneca Park Zoo Animal Valentine Exchange

We have teamed up with the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester to do an Animal Valentine Exchange. Our teams of Animal Matchmakers have selected a few animals from each of our collections to exchange Valentines. You can choose to send your Valentine from yourself, or from a Utica Zoo animal.

Below are some of Seneca Park Zoo’s animals you can send a Valentine to:

WILD WINTER SUNDAYS! @ Utica Zoo
Feb 17 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WILD WINTER SUNDAYS! @ Utica Zoo

Join the Zoo Education Department for fun-filled Wild Winter Sundays throughout the winter! Enjoy animal meet and greets, crafts, story time, and learn ways you can help all of our animal friends! Wild Winter Weekends are an informal way to learn more about our animals. Stop into the Wildlife Hall anytime between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Sundays.

Saturday Mornings at 10:30am-12:30pm
Sunday Afternoons at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wild Winter Weekends are included with Zoo Admission and a great way to spend the weekend out of the house with your family this winter season! The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year from 10am-4pm.

January 5-6: Andes Mountains
January 12-13: Adirondack Mountains
January 19-20: Eagles and Friends
January 26-27: Asian Mountains and Forests

February 2-3: Wild Wetlands
February 9-10: Turtles
February 16-17: Backyard Birds
February 23-24: Beavers

Feb
18
Mon
School Break Education Program: Wetland Wonders @ Utica Zoo
Feb 18 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
School Break Education Program: Wetland Wonders @ 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.

February 18: Wetland Wonders

Feb
22
Fri
School Break Education Program: Over in the Forest @ Utica Zoo
Feb 22 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
School Break Education Program: Over in the Forest @ 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, February 22nd: Over in the Forest

Feb
23
Sat
WILD WINTER SATURDAYS! @ Utica Zoo
Feb 23 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WILD WINTER SATURDAYS! @ Utica Zoo

Join the Zoo Education Department for fun-filled Wild Winter Saturdays throughout the winter! Enjoy animal meet and greets, crafts, story time, and learn ways you can help all of our animal friends! Wild Winter Weekends are an informal way to learn more about our animals. Stop into the Wildlife Hall anytime between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Sundays.

Saturday Mornings at 10:30am-12:30pm
Sunday Afternoons at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wild Winter Weekends are included with Zoo Admission and a great way to spend the weekend out of the house with your family this winter season! The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year from 10am-4pm.

January 5-6: Andes Mountains
January 12-13: Adirondack Mountains
January 19-20: Eagles and Friends
January 26-27: Asian Mountains and Forests

February 2-3: Wild Wetlands
February 9-10: Turtles
February 16-17: Backyard Birds
February 23-24: Beavers

Feb
24
Sun
WILD WINTER SUNDAYS! @ Utica Zoo
Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WILD WINTER SUNDAYS! @ Utica Zoo

Join the Zoo Education Department for fun-filled Wild Winter Sundays throughout the winter! Enjoy animal meet and greets, crafts, story time, and learn ways you can help all of our animal friends! Wild Winter Weekends are an informal way to learn more about our animals. Stop into the Wildlife Hall anytime between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturdays and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Sundays.

Saturday Mornings at 10:30am-12:30pm
Sunday Afternoons at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wild Winter Weekends are included with Zoo Admission and a great way to spend the weekend out of the house with your family this winter season! The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year from 10am-4pm.

January 5-6: Andes Mountains
January 12-13: Adirondack Mountains
January 19-20: Eagles and Friends
January 26-27: Asian Mountains and Forests

February 2-3: Wild Wetlands
February 9-10: Turtles
February 16-17: Backyard Birds
February 23-24: Beavers

Feb
28
Thu
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Feb 28 @ 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

Mar
8
Fri
Going Green! | Hatchlings @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Mar 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Going Green! | Hatchlings @ Utica Zoo Auditorium

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 10:30am 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, March 8-Going Green!

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Mar
21
Thu
Utica Zoo Home School Programs @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Mar 21 @ 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

Apr
12
Fri
All About Eggs! | Hatchlings @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Apr 12 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
All About Eggs! | Hatchlings @ Utica Zoo Auditorium

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 10:30am 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, April 12, 2019 – All About Eggs!

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