General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!

**NEW** Virtual Hatchlings Program

We have taken our traditional hatchlings discovery program and have made it available online. All of our hatchlings classes are geared towards learners ages 2-5 years of age and a family size of no more than 4 (2 adults, 2 children).

Each 30 minute program hosted online will focus on one animal and will have songs, movement, and activities. Parent support is needed for each lesson to be successful, and is designed around the parent and the child working together. If you are a teacher or educator and want a program for more that a small family (2 adults, 2 children), please let us know and we can create a custom program for you. Or our virtual zoo mobile program may meet your needs.

Signing up for all six sessions is easy! Just click each session and add it to your cart. Or you can sign up for just one session! Sessions are $10 each or all six for $60.

Sessions are held once a week on Thursdays mornings at 10:00 am on ZOOM for 6 weeks. Each lesson will begin promptly on Thursday mornings at 10 am. Please plan to check in at least five minutes before the program.

Week 1: Dazzling Dragons – January 14th     Book online now!
Week 2: Silly Squirrels – January 21st   Book online now!
Week 3: Zig-Zagging Zebras – January 28th   Book online now!
Week 4: Hooray for Hedgehogs – February 4th   Book online now!
Week 5: All about Owls – February 11th    Book online now!
Week 6: Awesome Opossums! – February 18th   Book online now!

Additional lesson plans, fact sheet and craft instructions can be downloaded (for an additional $15 fee), or we can mail you a packet of all 6 lessons for $25.00. These materials are not required, but they do greatly enhance the experience and give you more information to talk to your child about for each topic!

You will need to have a few things at home.
Internet-enabled device that allows for video conferencing (iPad, Tablet, SmartPhone, Computer, etc.)
Scissors, ELMER’S glue, glue sticks, crayons, tape and a stapler.

A snack for snack time is also recommended!

We can’t wait to see you and your little ones there!



Check Back Soon for Fall Dates!

Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations, and new animals to meet!

Hatchlings classes are geared towards learners ages 18 months – years.

The Details:


-$7.00/child (child admission included in this price) + adult admission

-Adult admission is free for Utica Zoo members

Pre-registration & Who to contact:

-Pre-registration is required for our Hatchlings program

-ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN; payment due at time of registration

-If you wish to register over the phone please contact the education department; phone: 315-738-0472 ext. 26

Class time & Where to go:

-Each class is held at 10:30am in the Auditorium; class lasts approximately 1 hour

-Check in and main activities will take place in the Auditorium; be sure to check in at the entrance building to purchase admission tickets/receive a sticker (as your entry into the class)

*Don’t forget to dress for the weather, just in case we go outside!

Check Back Soon for Fall Dates!