August 4, 2018


Education Programs

Zoo Adventures STEM Academy(3-5 Years)

Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5 but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session up front at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Mary Hall at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 26.

Winter Session Theme – Lets Escape

Thursday, January 3, 2019 – Rainforests

Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Savannas

Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Deserts

Thursday, February 14, 2019 – Tidal Pools

Spring Session Theme- TBA

Thursday, March 14th, 2019 – TBA

Thursday, March 28th, 2019 – TBA

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 – TBA

Thuraday, April 18th, 2019 – TBA


Hatchlings (18 months – 2 years)

Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations, and new animals to meet!

The fun starts at 10:30am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members and $7.00/child for non-members plus admission. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36. 

Winter & Spring Sessions:

Friday, February 8th, 2019 – My Heart is Like a Zoo

Friday, March 8th, 2019 – Going Green!

Friday, April 12th, 2019 – All About Eggs!

Friday, May 10th, 2019 – Lettuce for Lunch


Ambassador Animal Meet n’ Greets

Are you thinking about visiting the zoo with a small group of friends or family? Are you wanting to do something special during your visit? 

Whether you have just been dying to touch a chinchilla, see an owl up close, or want to surprise a friend or family member with a unique gift – an ambassador animal meet n’ greet is the perfect thing to add to your zoo visit! Small groups of 8 or less will get to interact with up to three (3) of our ambassador animals, with an included unique and educational talk by a zoo educator about each animal.

Reptiles, birds, mammals, amphibians, and even INSECTS are a part of our ambassador animal program here at the Utica Zoo, and they are waiting to meet you!

Call us today to schedule your personal ambassador animal interaction!  (315) 738-0472 ext. 34 

Pricing: Regular admission fees +

$30 – one (1) animal interaction

+ $15 for each additional animal (up to 3)

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Home School Program (K – 12th grade)

Click Here to visit the Home School Program Page for information and dates.