Closed December 25, 2017

Utica Zoo is CLOSED on Christmas Day. We will be OPEN New Years Day.

Education Programs

September 6, 2017


Upcoming Utica Zoo Education Programs. Pre-registration is required. All classes begin at 10:30am (unless noted) in the auditorium and cost $5.00 per child for Utica Zoo members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Families are welcome to arrive at 10:00am to enjoy coffee while your kids play! There will be activities and games provided before class at no additional cost. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

Stroller Safari (6 to 18 Months): Load up the stroller and join the wildest adventure in town with your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive tour and an up close animal encounter!

  • Friday, September 8th
  • Friday, October 6th

Hatchlings (18 Months to 3 Years): Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center just for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations, and new animals to meet!

  • Friday, November 10th – Terrific Turkeys!
  • Friday, December 8th – All About Trees!
  • Friday, January 12th – Wild Winter
  • Friday, February 9th – The 5 Senses

Zoo Adventures (3 to 5 Years): Join our preschool class as we explore the world through storybooks! Each class includes a story reading, animal meet and greet, and activity!

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – I am Thankful For…
  • Wednesday, December 27th – Happy Holidays!
  • Thursday, January 25th – Bird Bonanza
  • Thursday, February 22nd – Positive Pet Practices

Homeschool (6 Years and Up): Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive homeschool classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions.

  • Thursday, November 16th – Going Underground!
  • Thursday, December 14th – Animal Coverings
  • Thursday, January 18th – Animal Development
  • Thursday, February 15th – Skulls & Teeth

Sensory Sundays: Utica Zoo invites families with special needs children to join us for special sensory education programs. The programs will be interactive and hands on. The program is free for Utica Zoo members and $5.00 per child for not-yet members. Pre-registration is required by emailing or by calling Mary at (315) 738-0472 ext 26.

  • Sunday, October 1 at 9:30am – Owls
  • Sunday, November 5 at 9:30am – Escaping the Cold
  • Sunday, December 3 at 9:30am – Animals Santa

Member Mornings: Member Mornings are free, family programs for Utica Zoo members-only and will cover a variety of topics and activities such as animal presentations, tours and animal enrichment. Only 30 spots are available per day, and pre-registration is required by emailing or calling Mary at (315) 738-0472 ext 26.

  • Sunday, October 15 at 9:30am – Halloween Animals
  • Sunday, November 19 at 9:30am – A Thanksgiving Feast!
  • Sunday, December 17 at 9:30am – Holiday Hoot

Night Prowl: Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo when the lights go off and the gates close? Learn about the animals that go bump in the night, paint a pumpkin to take home, and enjoy a spooky treat! Admission to the program is $5.00 per child for members or $10.00 per child for nonmembers. One adult is admitted free per one child. Additional adult admission is $5.00 for members or nonmembers.

  • Friday, October 13 from 6pm to 7:45pm – Hoot & Howl Night Prowl!
  • Friday, November 3 from 6pm to 7:45pm

Utica Public Library Story Time: Looking for something new to do with your little ones this Fall? Utica Zoo is partnering with the Utica Library for a special, interactive story time program! There will be fun stories, games, and songs! The cost per class is $5.00 per child and any accompanying adults are free. Admission to the zoo for the day is also included in this price!

  • Wednesday, October 11 at 3:00pm
  • Friday, December 1 at 3:00pm

Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.