Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Night Prowl @ Utica Zoo
Jun 20 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Night Prowl @ Utica Zoo

Back by popular demand, Night Prowl returns to the Utica Zoo Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 7-8:30pm!

The June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon. This comes from wild strawberries that start to ripen around this time. Join us at the Utica Zoo for a summer solstice eve/full moon scavenger hunt around the Zoo! Different from Night Prowl’s past, our scavenger hunt will bring Night Prowlers to all corners of the Zoo hunting down items from our list. Encounter Zoo Docents on animal walks, check out biofact stations, and take in a full on animal talk about several of our Ambassador animals! Of course, the fire pit will be going with plenty of s’mores, hot cocoa, and coffee for everyone!

Cost is $8.00/adults and $6.00/child for members and $10.00/adults and $8.00/child for not-yet-members. Become a member and save money on signature events and Zoo admission all year long! Click here to become a member today!

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your family, contact the education department at nicolette@uticazoo.org or (315)738-0472 ext. 36.

STEAMing the Urban Forest @ Utica Zoo
Jun 22 @ 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
STEAMing the Urban Forest @ Utica Zoo

Join the Utica Zoo Education Department for a series of Educational Programs designed specifically for girls to be exposed to the STEAM and STEM job fields.

STEAM and STEM-based job fields in the United States have a severe lack of female representation. According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, women make up a mere 24% of STEM workers, despite representing 47% of the workforce. In order to be successful in these fields, it is imperative for young girls to be exposed to these career fields at a young age.

The new program will focus on real-world problems and will immerse the students in open-ended exploration and problem-solving. By using the elements of STEAM, students will work together as a group to solve problems while being exposed to a variety of STEAM based careers and methods.

Students will be tasked with exploring and inventorying a section of the North Trek Urban Forest, researching the needs of an animal of the Urban Forest, working with animal care and veterinary staff to learn what constitutes a healthy habitat, enhancing the environment for the benefit of their chosen animal, developing interpretive and informational materials, and ultimately presenting their findings to family, friends, and Zoo staff. In addition, female representatives from various supporting organizations will serve as guests to introduce the girls to real life, STEAM-based careers.

This program will be held on 8 consecutive Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:30 pm starting May 11th. Cost is $50/girl with a limited number of need-based scholarships available.

Pre-Registration is required and may be done so by contacting Mary Hall at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472 x.36. Please contact Mary with any questions.

Learning Objectives:

Girls who complete this class will:

  • Have a better understanding of STEM careers and understand that they are capable of doing anything they put their mind to.
  • Understand the Urban Forest Ecosystem.
  • Understand Climate Change and its effect on the Urban Forest.
  • Identify a real-world problem in the Utica Zoo’s Forest and design a workable plan to help.
  • Learn about exhibit design and animal husbandry as well as modern zoological practices.
  • Experience a variety of science disciplines such as dendrology, zoology, soil sciences, invertebrate biology, weather and climate, Veterinary sciences.
  • Learn about recycled paper and make a journal for use in the class.
  • Measure and set up a grid for inventorying the forest.
  • Plan and prepare a fun interactive presentation on their project.