As Your Kids Explore the World of Animals, They Gain a Respect for Wildlife, Wild Places, and Conservation

When kids experience our quality “hands-on, minds-on” environmental education programs, they discover the amazing diversity of the natural world. They learn in a completely different way by actually seeing, hearing, smelling, and sometimes even touching the wild animals.

Our education department offers a variety of informative and entertaining programs to families, schools, and organizations of all types. We offer them on-site or we’ll visit your facility in our Zoomobile with a selection of cool and interesting animals.

From classroom presentations to night prowls, education is wild at the Utica Zoo!

NEW Conservation Corner:

Stop by the Utica Zoo Discovery Cottage for activities and crafts that demonstrate fun conservation practices! Animal friends and education staff will be your guide!

March 22nd – Slithering Snakes

March 29th – Welcome Spring!

April 5th – In Your Garden

Walk ins welcome from 10am-3pm. Included in winter rate admission

Teacher’s Activity Boxes for Their Classroom

The Utica Zoo has a variety of resource boxes available for teachers to borrow for their classrooms.  These boxes contain activity ideas and materials, artifacts, boxes, videos, and more.  Everything you need to make your lessons hands-on and fun.  These boxes are available for loan for up to two-week periods.

Field Trips at the Zoo

You can use the Utica Zoo as a fascinating extension of your classroom! We’ll teach your students about classification, endangered species, habitats, adaptations or any topic you can imagine.

We’ll Visit You in the Zoomobile

Study animal adaptations, visit humid rainforests, or explore the world of nocturnal animals right in your classroom. Select from our tried and true topics or customize your program to complement your curriculum.

Zoo Adventures for Preschoolers

Join our bimonthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks!  Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity.

After School Critter Club

Looking for a fun new activity for your kids after school?  Our all new critter club is designed to engage students of all ages through hands on activities and animal meet and greets.  The program runs monthly with new activities each session.

Home School Classes

Home school classes take place once a month. They are designed so that children of all ages will be able to participate and gain from the experience. Our students enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, games, animal enrichment, and of course, up close and personal with live animals.

Zoo Camps for Week Long Adventures

Enjoy activities, crafts, games, and, of course, all of our wonderful animals in a week long adventure during school break. This is an opportunity for all ages to experience the Zoo in a whole new way.

Night Prowls

Bring the family and join us for fun after-hours activities. Each month we’ll explore a new topic through animal introductions, Zoo tours, and games.

Jr. Docent Class

Jr. Docents are young adults, ages 14 and up, who love working with animals and people! As a Jr. Docent, you would be helping the zoo achieve its greatest mission … teaching the public about the importance of animals and their habitat! And not only will you be a great help to us, you’ll learn some awesome stuff too!

Come see us soon to learn and have fun. We look forward to meeting you at the Utica Zoo!

For a complete listing of education programs, download our 2013 program guide.

The mission of the Utica Zoo’s Education Department is to foster an understanding and inspire a respect for wildlife and wild places through informative and entertaining programs while promoting the Zoo’s conservation message.




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 & 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

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