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We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required! Also, please note that the Utica Zoo will close early at 1 p.m., Saturday Aug. 7 in preparation for Brewfest.


Beaversprite: The Conservation Education Center of the Utica Zoo

Located approximately 45 minutes East of Utica in the town of Oppenheim, Beaversprite is a 1300-acre parcel of land dedicated to hands-on conservation education. Originally founded as a wildlife sanctuary by Dorothy Richards, the Beaversprite Nature Center now serves as the hub of activities coordinated by the Utica Zoo to provide an additional hands-on, educational opportunity for visitors to learn more about the wildlife habitats found right in our own backyard.

Embark on an adventure like none other at Beaversprite Summer Adventure Camp, Aug. 9-13!
Your camper will explore the fields and forests of the sanctuary, go on stream safaris, visit the beaver ponds and wetlands, practice outdoor survival skills, and create art! Summer Adventure Camp is offered for campers ages 8 to 12 and held at the Beaversprite Nature Center, 399 Belden Corners Rd, Oppenheim.
The cost is $185/week or $40/day. Camp hours are 9:00 – 3:00. Each camp is limited to 15 campers so register early! For more information or to register, email Mary at mary.hall@uticazoo.org.

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For everyone’s safety, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn when in the nature center, while at a program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.