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

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.

Utica based organization, The Utica Zoo has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public from Oct. 1 – Nov. 19, 2013.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at www.100carsforgood.com. Visitors to the page may cast up to two votes per day for different organizations to select the organizations they feel are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.

The Utica Zoo has received the most votes and has been named as a winner of a new Prius, which will be used to assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence. The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo.

Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others. For more information, visit www.100carsforgood.com.

About The Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 99 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings in with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of over 200 animals.

About Toyota.

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.

 

The winter season, or the span between November 1st and March 31st, is a beautiful time at the Utica Zoo. The grounds are covered in a blanket of sparkling white snow. The crisp, cool air flows through the tall pine trees and sounds of native birds float along the breeze. With winter comes new ways to experience the Zoo through the ever so popular snow shoe rentals, or bring your own to get in touch with nature and the animals along the winding trails of the North Trek.
But what does this all mean for the animals you ask? For most, it means growing extra hair to keep warm and enjoying the opportunity to play in the snow. Nigel and Najla, the Bactrian Camels who call the Utica Zoo home, look noticeably different as their winter coats grow and grow!
Others, such as the African Crested Porcupines and Serval, are not acclimated to Upstate New York winter. With no built in utilities, there are no means of heating the African Alley. For some animals at the Zoo, winter is a time when they must be kept in their inside holding to assure they stay nice and warm. These animals will not be back on exhibit until warmer weather returns.The Utica Zoo strives to be a four season Zoo. As we look toward our future with visitor experiencebeing a priority, we envision exhibits where animals are viewed year round through climate controlled
and indoor viewing areas. For specific ways an immediate gift could begin improving the Zoo and help our animals today, visit www.uticazoo.org/give.
Individual and corporate support of the Utica Zoo through unrestricted contributions, annual membership, zoo animal adoptions and year round attendance is impactful because every dollar stays right here. It is through community support that the Zoo continues to improve, grow and become a Zoo for all seasons. Like us on Facebook and check out uticazoo.org. This season, get out and try something a little bit…wild!
Winter Admission Rates November 1-March 31:
Ages 0-2: FREE Ages 13-61: $4.25
Ages 3-12: $2.50 Seniors 62+: $3.50
Military & College Students w/ ID $3.50
Winter Hours: Admission Gate closes at 3pm, Zoo Gates close at 4pm.
Some animals off exhibit between 3-4pm for end of day cleaning.
We will be OPEN New Year’s Day!

The Utica Zoo is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program. Now we need your support! Vote for The Utica Zoo at www.100carsforgood.com on October 12, 2013.

The Utica ZooMobile is the zoo on wheels; bringing life and education to schools, nursing homes, public libraries, summer municipal programs, community events, and into areas of our region that are heavily populated with children who, for economic and other reasons, cannot come to the Utica Zoo.  Always keeping animal safety and welfare foremost in mind, a Toyota Sienna would assist the Utica Zoo in meeting the requests for ZooMobile presence.  In 2012, over 20,000 children and nearly 11,000 adults were presented to throughout 12 counties via the Utica ZooMobile.  For the first six months in 2013, off premises zoo programs have been presented in 172 locations to 9,990 children and 8,800 adults.  The importance of this grant is this; for all of the people listed above who received education, several program invitations had to be denied due to maximum use of our one current ZooMobile. 

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will award 100 vehicles over the course of 50 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Winning organizations will use the Toyota vehicles to help expand their reach and missions within their communities.

Please support The Utica Zoo on October 12, 2013. Voting will take place at www.100carsforgood.com.

>>VOTING RULES<<

New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival

Saturday September 14
10 am to 4 pm
FREE PARKING • RAIN OR SHINE
FREE ADMISSION FOR THE FIRST 2,000 GUESTS

Mark Tyoe, Northeast Chainsaw-
Carving Champion • Face painting
by Smiley and Coco • Music and
Entertainment • Utica Zoo features
a collection of 70 exotic and domestic
animals from around the world
• Food by Voss’s at the Zoo

Hours and Admisson

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

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

Dec
23
Tue
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
Dec
27
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dec
31
Wed
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.
Jan
8
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More

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