Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Mar
1
Thu
National Pig Day Program
Mar 1 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Celebrate National Pig day with Princess Piggy Sue

A book will be read and we will make ears for your head

And we will meet an animal friend or two

 Pigs are very intelligent animals. There are 16 species, including warthogs and wild boars. They are highly sociable, and communicate with one another via grunts of different pitch and duration. Pigs in the wild live in groups called ‘sounders’, usually made up of one male with a number of sows.

Mar
14
Wed
Save a Spider Day
Mar 14 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Although spiders play important roles in terrestrial ecosystems and are negatively impacted by human activity, they have received little attention from the US conservation community, but without spiders we could face a famine. They are very important in controlling agricultural pests, especially in organic farming.

Did you know that the spiders on one acre of woodland alone consume more than 80 pounds of insects each year? Clearly, those insect populations would explode without their spider predators. So, the next time you see a spider, thank it for doing a good job and leave it alone.

Mar
18
Sun
Member Morning: World Forest Day
Mar 18 @ 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Zoo educators for a fun forest themed member morning. We meet some animals that call the forest home and learn how invasive species are changing our forest ecosystem. After the class we will be pulling on our gloves to remove some invasive plants.

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests for sustainable cities,’ and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits.

Mar
31
Sat
Eggstravaganza
Mar 31 all-day

Join us on Saturday, March 31st for our annual Eggstravaganza event.

Apr
1
Sun
Summer Hours and Admission Start
Apr 1 all-day

Summer Hours and Admission Start.

Apr
7
Sat
International Beaver Day
Apr 7 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

No other creature besides humans controls its environment as completely as the beaver – changing the surroundings to meet its needs. And since water rules the beaver’s life, most of its efforts are aimed at making sure it has a good supply and as a side effect creates an amazingly diverse ecosystem.

Apr
9
Mon
April is Frog Month
Apr 9 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians are going extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species estimates that at least one-third of known amphibian species are threatened with extinction, a rate higher than that for birds or mammals. Major threats to amphibians include habitat loss or degradation and the rapidly dispersing infectious disease chytridiomycosis. Managed populations of amphibians may become the only conservation hope for many species faced with imminent extinction.

Apr
28
Sat
Earth Day Celebration
Apr 28 all-day

Join us on Saturday, April 28th for our annual Earth Day Celebration.

May
13
Sun
Free Admission for Moms
May 13 all-day

Moms get free admission on Sunday, May 13th for Mother’s Day.

Jun
2
Sat
Wine in the Wilderness (21+)
Jun 2 all-day

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd for our annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event.