The annual Eggstravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, April 19th from 11am-3pm on the sprawling grounds of the Utica Zoo. Wander through the Zoo to find Easter Eggs in the age segmented egg hunts. Play Easter games while visiting some of your favorite animals during Docent lead animal presentations. Don’t forget to say hello to the Easter Bunny with photos available by Whitesboro Fun Pix! With so much to do, celebrate the season at the Utica Zoo!

Members receive free admission to zoo, $3 event wristband fee applies if participating in activities.

Group rate admission and event admission prices:

¨ Children $2.50

¨ Children participating in the event, $3 plus admission of  $2.50.  ( wristband* will be provided for admission into activities)

¨ Adults $4.25

¨ Seniors, college students with ID and veterans $3.50.

 

Gates open at 10 am with festivities starting at 11 am.  Voss’ will be open! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch.

 

*Limit 5 eggs per wristband purchased

Comets

All other visitors: Winter rate admission applies

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Spring Zoo Camp

Habitats and Homes (K – 3rd)

Wednesday, April 16th  9am – 3pm

Just like us, animals need a place to call home, whether it be a tree, cave, or pond. Together we’ll explore how and why animals live indifferent habitats.

Spring Has Sprung! (2nd – 5th)

Thursday, April 17th  9am – 3pm

As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures rise, animals get ready for Spring!  Join us as we learn all about how animals make way for the spring season!

$30.00 per child members / $35.00 per child non-members

Spring Zoo Tales

Friday, April 18th 10:30am – 11:30am

Does your toddler love the zoo? Bring your young zoologist to the zoo and enjoy a special spring story, narrated with the help of some of our    animal friends! The program also includes a snack, activity, and admission to the zoo for the rest of the day!

$5.00 per child for members / $10.00 per child for non-members.

Pre-registration is required! If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please call 315-738-0472 or email birthdayparties@uticazoo.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Our special Winter Zoo Adventures will be held tomorrow, Wednesday February 19th at 10:30am. To preregister, please contact birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or call 315-738-0472 ext. 36. We hope to see you there!

Check out more programs HERE

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The Utica Zoo’s education department has Zoo Camps for kids of all ages. The Zoo environment and animal themed fun make these camps popular and a great addition to any child’s day. Please pre-register for camps by calling the Zoo at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or e-mail birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or Mary.hall@uticazoo.org. The ages are determined by what grade children will be attending in school this fall. Summer camps include:

 

Feathers, Scales, and Furry Tails

Pre-Kindergarten

Some animals are sticky, others are fuzzy, but every animal has a special covering!  Learn all about the different coverings animals have and why they feel the way they do!

Session 1: July 21st – July 25th      9:00am-12:00pm HALF DAY

Session 2: August 4th – August 8th    9:00am-12:00pm HALF DAY

 

Slither, Strut, Soar!

Pre-Kindergarten

Climbing, walking, flying, swimming; All animals need to get around somehow!  Learn all about the ways animals move and where they’re going in this half week session!

June 30th – July 2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY / HALF WEEK

 

Barnyard Bash

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Down on the farm, there’s lots of animals to meet; some you might not even expect!  Discover how animals, plants, and people all connect together on the farm!

Session 1: July 7th – July 11th     9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY

Session 2: July 21st – July 25th     1:00pm – 4:00pm HALF DAY

 

Conservation Club

2nd & 3rd Grade

Taking care of the Earth is an important job that is shared by people all around the world!  Learn how even the  smallest of steps can make a big difference!

Session 1: July 14th – July 18th     9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

Session 2: August 11th – August 15th 9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

 

Animal Myths and Legends

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Cultures all around the world have passed down stories for generations about animals.  Explore the different myths and legends behind the animals here at the Zoo!

Session 1: July 28th – August 1s 9:00am – 3:00pm              FULL DAY

Session 2: August 18th – August 22nd  9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

 

Zoo Camp Prices:

Half Week Sessions: $60.00 per Child for Members;  $75.00 per Child for Non-Members

Half Day Sessions: $100 per Child for Members;  $125 per Child for Non-Members

Full Day Sessions: $150 per Child for Members;  $175 per Child for Non-Members

 

Family discounts available for multiple kids!

All camps MUST be pre-registered for.

 

 

The Utica Zoo’s own Toluca the Mexican Wolf has been chosen as genetically valuable to the species and will now be at the Wolf Conservation Center as part of the SSP (Species Survival Plan) We are very excited to be apart of the Mexican Wolf SSP! This is just one way we continue to foster the future of animals and their environments.

Read the full story and learn more HERE.

 

 

The Utica Zoo welcomes the newest addition to its animal collection, the Canada Lynx. The new Lynx will be on exhibit on Sunday, December 15th in conjunction with Holiday Hoot at the Zoo which is the Zoo’s annual holiday celebration. The pair of Lynx were recently acquired from a facility in Watertown NY and will now have a home on the Utica Zoo’s North Trek. In addition to the new Lynx, Snowy Owls, Mexican Wolves, and Red Fox can also be found on the Trek.

The Utica Zoo is open year round ( closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) and many of the animals can be seen out in the snow. During the winter months, the Zoo offers snow shoe rentals and trails on the North Trek for those looking to see animals in a new way. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own equipment as well and join the many that have taken advantage of the season’s beautiful landscapes.

 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday; a day created by American Express to highlight local retailers amongst the hustle and bustle of Black Friday’s big box stores. This year Small Business Saturday is on November 30th and the Utica Zoo Gift Shop has gifts and unique treasures sure to please those of all ages.Open from 10am-3pm daily throughout the winter season (Nov.1-March 31), the Gift Shop offers shoppers an array of items to fit every budget. From favorite Zoo animal plush, to educational books and activities; there is something for the child in everyone.

Looking for that special one of a kind gift for the one who has it all? Pick up a hand painted feather or behind the scenes Animal Encounter certificate! Create your own Utica Zoo gift bundle and pick out the perfect mix of apparel, hats, mugs, cups and more! And remember, membership to the Zoo offers a whole year of fun and is always the perfect fit!

The best thing about shopping at the Zoo is knowing every dollar you spend in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop stays at the Utica Zoo. It is only through community support that the Zoo can continue to improve and grow while keeping its animals happy and healthy. So this year, instead of fighting the crowds and waiting hours in lines, think local and shop the Utica Zoo Gift Shop!
The Utica Zoo accepts cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and NOW ACCEPTING AMERICAN EXPRESS.

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31
Child $4.75 $2.50
Adult $7.75 $4.25
Senior, Military, College $6.75 $3.50

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