Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Earth Day Celebration
Apr 28 all-day

Utica Zoo’s annual Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 11am to 3pm at the Utica Zoo. We will be celebrating our animals and how important they are to our world! Pine saplings will be given to the first 50 families in attendance, and animal meet and greets will occur throughout the day.

  • Meet Smokey Bear!
  • Visit our many conservation tables and earth friendly vendors, including So Sweet Candies, Mustard Seed, Suez Water Technology, and more!
  • Free Paper Shredding by Empire Recycling
  • Dolly & Sunny will be here offering face painting
  • Voss’ will be open serving all your local favorites, as well as El Jefe’s and Grapevine Gyros

Participate in our Recycled Art Contest at the Utica Zoo Earth Day Celebration! Make a project at home or stop by our craft station in the auditorium during the event to create a project!

The contest will be divided into three age groups: PreK through 1st grade, 2nd grade through 5th grade, and 6thgrade through 12th grade. One winner will be chosen from each age group to win a family membership to the Utica Zoo.

Projects can be dropped off from April 21st to April 28th. All projects must be submitted by 2:00pm on April 28th to be entered into the contest. Only one project per person may be entered and all projects must be made of recycled materials!

Regular admission applies; Zoo members get in for free! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Kathleen McGill at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org! We can’t wait to see you here!

Girl Scout Day at Utica Zoo @ The Utica Zoo
May 5 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join us at the Utica Zoo for our annual Girl Scout Day! Scouts and leaders will have the opportunity to participate in activities and animal meet and greets throughout the day. Education presentations and activities will focus on badge topics including animal habitats, bugs, pet care, and trees!

Scouts will also meet the many women who work to make the zoo a premier educational and animal-care facility,  learn all about the animals who live at the Utica Zoo, their natural habitats, and how we care for them.

The price of the program includes admission to the zoo and participation in the many activities going on throughout the day.

Registration for Girl Scouts can be done through the Girl Scout website (https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=730425203).


Parents, guardians, and siblings pay at the door the day of the event.  Costs at the door are as follows:

Scouts/Sibling Participants: $5.00

Children 2 and under: Free

Troop Leaders: Free

Parents/Guardians with Membership: Free

Parents/Guardians without a Membership: $4.50


The Utica Zoo Scout Day patch will be available for purchase at the gift shop for $3.00.


To register, please contact Kathleen McGill by email at kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org.

Free Admission for Moms
May 13 all-day

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

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

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd for our annual Wine in the Wilderness fundraising event. Details at uticazoo.org/wine


Free Admission for Dads
Jun 17 all-day

Dads get free admission on Sunday, June 17 for Father’s Day.

Annual Meeting
Jul 16 all-day

Join us on Monday, July 16th for our Annual Meeting.

Brewfest (21+)
Aug 4 all-day

Join us on Saturday, August 4th for our 20th annual Brewfest fundraiser.

NYPA’s Wildlife Festival
Sep 8 all-day

New York Power Authority’s annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo. Free admission for everyone courtesy of the New York Power Authority.

Spooktacular Day 1
Oct 20 all-day

Join us on October 20 and 21 for our annual Spooktacular fundraiser.

Spooktacular Day 2
Oct 21 all-day

Join us on October 20 and 21 for our annual Spooktacular fundraiser.