2014 Winter/Spring/Summer

School Break Camps

The Utica Zoo’s education department has Zoo Camps designed for kids of all ages. The zoo environment and animal themed fun make these camps a great addition to any child’s day. For more information or to pre-register for camps by calling the zoo at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or e-mail birthdayparties@uticazoo.org or mary.hall@uticazoo.org.

Pre-registration for all zoo camps is required!

Summer Break Zoo Camp:

Ages are determined by what grade your child will be attending in school this fall.

Feathers, Scales, and Furry Tails

Pre-Kindergarten

Some animals are sticky, others are fuzzy, but every animal has a special covering!  Learn all about the different coverings animals have and why they feel the way they do!

Session 1: July 21st – July 25th      9:00am-12:00pm HALF DAY

2 of 10 slots available

 

Slither, Strut, Soar!

Pre-Kindergarten

Climbing, walking, flying, swimming; All animals need to get around somehow!  Learn all about the ways animals move and where they’re going in this half week session!

June 30th – July 2nd 9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY / HALF WEEK

1 of 12 slots available

 

Barnyard Bash

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Down on the farm, there’s lots of animals to meet; some you might not even expect!  Discover how animals, plants, and people all connect together on the farm!

Session 1: July 7th – July 11th     9:00am – 12:00pm HALF DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

Session 2: July 21st – July 25th     1:00pm – 4:00pm HALF DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

 

Conservation Club

2nd & 3rd Grade

Taking care of the Earth is an important job that is shared by people all around the world!  Learn how even the  smallest of steps can make a big difference!

Session 1: July 14th – July 18th     9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

Session 2: August 11th – August 15th 9:00am – 3:00pm FULL DAY

2 of 12 slots available

 

Animal Myths and Legends

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Cultures all around the world have passed down stories about animals for generations.  Explore the different myths and legends behind the animals here at the zoo!

Session 1: July 28th – August 1st 9:00am – 3:00pm  FULL DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

Session 2: August 18th – August 22nd 9:00am – 3:00pm  FULL DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

 

Jr Zookeeper Camp

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade

Do you have what it takes to be a Utica Zoo zookeeper?  Step into the shoes of a zookeeper for a week and learn all about what we do here at the zoo!

Session 1: August 4th – August 8th    9:00am-3:00pm FULL DAY

0 of 12 slots available  –  CAMP FULL

 

Zoo Camp Prices:

Single Day Sessions:  $30.00 per child members / $35.00 per child non-members

Half Week Sessions:  $60.00 per child members / $75.00 per child non-members

Full Week, Half Day Sessions:  $100.00 per child members / $125.00 per child non-members

Full Week, Full Day Sessions:  $150.00 per child members / $175.00 per child non-members

Registration Form HERE

 

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with limited space available per session.  Registration  fees are non-refundable unless a camp session is cancelled by zoo staff.  You will be notified at least one week prior to camp if a session must be cancelled.

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

Nov
28
Fri
10:00 AM $5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
Nov 28 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 2 @ 3:00 PM
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
The Utica Zoo will be discounting Memberships and Renewals $5 off from Black Friday to Giving Tuesday (11/28 to 12/2). $5 discount only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop which is open from 10am to 3pm. View all Utica Zoo Membership options at http://uticazoo.org/membership/
Dec
4
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Dec 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Bundle Up!
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.
Dec
6
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Antler Antics Story Time
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Tarkington Moose is losing his antlers! What can he do? Find out as zoo educators read a fun story and introduce you to a couple of education animals. Free with admission. 10:30am in the Auditorium.  
Dec
11
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – All About B...
Homeschool Program – All About B...
Dec 11 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - All About Birds
Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. 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

  • Zoo Keepers from the Utica Zoo feeding Camels.
    Utica Zoo adds new Camel Window
    November 15, 2014

    The Utica Zoo has a brand new window for the Bactrian Camels. Every day at 11:30am we open up the doors for a keeper talk and feeding. The window is at the bottom of the ramp going up to our overlook, so you are actually at face level with the camels. Visitors that come to this feeding get to see the camels eat their daily produce diet. Their snacks consist of bananas, carrots, lettuce, yams, and apples. You will be just a few feet away from them and be able to learn more about the Bactrian Camel species, and specifically about Nigel and Najla. We have gotten a wonderful response from everyone with this new window. Most people are shocked Read More

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    Utica Zoo celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo from 10/12 to 10/18. 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 Read More

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    Utica Zoo welcomes new female Red Panda
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today (October 8th, 2014). Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit. Q&A with Zoo Keeper Beth Ricci Why did we get a new Red Panda? We were recommended to bring Ming Yue to Utica as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding and transfer plan. She was recommended to breed with our resident male, Muse. Where is Ming Yue from?  She came to us from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY What is the breeding season?  Breeding occurs in winter, generally January-February. Breeding season is affected by photoperiod. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the Read More

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