Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Jan
25
Thu
Zoo Adventures: Bird Bonanza
Jan 25 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoo Adventures (3 to 5 Years): Join our preschool class as we explore the world through storybooks! Each class includes a story reading, animal meet and greet, and activity!

  • Thursday, January 25th – Bird Bonanza
  • Thursday, February 22nd – Positive Pet Practices

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

Jan
31
Wed
International Zebra Day
Jan 31 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

During the African dry season, water is a precious resource. Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra are accustomed to searching for natural springs and rainwater pools in the dry, rocky hillsides where they live. When there isn’t any surface water available, however, they will often use their strong hooves to dig for groundwater, which in turn creates watering holes for other wildlife.

The most important threat to Mountain Zebras is livestock production and farming activities such as fencing that prevent access to water.

Feb
4
Sun
World Wetland Day Program
Feb 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Learn all about the benefits of wetlands and interact with some of our wetland animals. Then it is down to the Children’s Zoo to meet our two resident beavers. Free with your admission.

Wetlands are one of the most diverse habitats on the earth. They are like biological supermarkets,   providing food for all kinds of animals.  They also function as natural sponges that trap and slowly release surface water, rain, snow melt, groundwater and flood waters. Trees, root mats and other wetland vegetation also slow the speed of flood waters and distribute them more slowly over the floodplain.

Wetlands within and downstream of urban areas are particularly valuable, counteracting the greatly increased rate and volume of surface- water runoff from pavement and buildings. The holding capacity of wetlands helps control floods and prevents water logging of crops. Preserving and restoring wetlands together with other water retention can often provide the level of flood control otherwise provided by expensive dredge operations and levees. The bottomland hardwood- riparian wetlands along the Mississippi River once stored at least 60 days of floodwater. Now they store only 12 days because most have been filled or drained.

Feb
9
Fri
Hatchlings: The 5 Senses
Feb 9 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Hatchlings (18 Months to 3 Years): 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!

  • Friday, February 9th – The 5 Senses

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

Feb
15
Thu
Homeschool: Skulls & Teeth
Feb 15 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Homeschool (6 Years and Up): Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive homeschool classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions.

  • Thursday, February 15th – Skulls & Teeth

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

Feb
22
Thu
Zoo Adventures: Positive Pet Practices
Feb 22 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoo Adventures (3 to 5 Years): Join our preschool class as we explore the world through storybooks! Each class includes a story reading, animal meet and greet, and activity!

  • Thursday, February 22nd – Positive Pet Practices

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

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.