We’re Open!

WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! After more than 100 days of being closed, we have finally re-opened and are welcoming visitors from 10 am-4 pm every day! We can’t wait to see you!

Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

Education is at the heart of our mission at the Utica Zoo. Our education department has been presenting experiential programs for learners of all ages since 1965. Using live animals, bio-facts, and instruction; Utica Zoo education staff and trained docents offer a variety of programs from formal classroom presentations to drop in animal meet and greets. All programs are designed to raise awareness about conservation issues through the exploration of habitats, animal natural history and behavior, and plant and animal diversity.

The Utica Zoo’s education department is fully chartered by the New York State Department of Education and all of our programs are designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards and NYS P-12 Learning Standards.

September Education Schedule

September 8th |  11 am-12 pm Storytime at the Zoo

Featured Stories: Hodge the Hedgehog, Beaver Stream, Little Porcupines Winter Den
Relax at the Docent Cottage near the Children’s Zoo as volunteers and staff read stories about animals. With storybooks and props, volunteers and staff will spark the imagination of our youngest zoo-goers. Story Time includes fun tales and educational facts about animals, and each week features a different animal. Learn about wolves, big cats, bugs, and bats, then continue through the zoo to see some of these animals up close!
Story Time meets at the Docent Cottage near the Children’s Zoo every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 11 am in September –October depending on volunteer schedules and weather. Story Time lasts about an hour. (Bringing you own chair or blanket is recommended)

September 13th | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoo STEAM Adventure: Butterflies

September 15th | Time TBA

Homeschool Program

September 18th |  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Night Prowl

September 22nd | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Storytime at the Zoo
Featured Stories: Hodge the Hedgehog, Beaver Stream, Little Porcupines Winter Den

September 26th | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoo STEAM Adventure: Frogs

For everyone’s safety, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn while on Zoo grounds. All programs are limited to 50 persons or less, including Utica Zoo staff.