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.

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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

Zoo Blog

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    Wolf Awareness Week 10/12 to 10/18
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Utica Zoo has been Read More

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    New Female Red Panda – Ming Yue
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today. Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Nov
7
Fri
10:30 AM Stroller Safari – North American...
Stroller Safari – North American...
Nov 7 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stroller Safari - North American Trek
Load up your stroller and join the newest zoo adventure for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive stroller tour and an up close animal encounter. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for nonmembers. The class meets outside the auditorium at 10:30am.  
Nov
13
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Nov 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - Digging for Dinosaurs
Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Nov
19
Wed
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Nov
20
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 20 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.

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