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!

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 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

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.
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.
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.
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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Zoo Blog

  • 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