General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!

Friday Family Fun

Join Beaversprite Fridays at 11 am for naturalist led exploration of the nature center. In September interesting animal adaptations will be in the spotlight. From teeth to tails, the adventure begins with a book or instruction and a craft, then it’s out into the fields and forest to explore.  The fee is $5/child.  For more information and to learn about booking, email mary.hall@uticazoo.org.

September 24     Talented Tails

October 1st          Colorful Leaves

October 8th          Seed Strategies

October 15th        Stash and Cache

October 22nd        Staying Warm

The adventures continue in October with a series of programs, classes and workshops for kids, adults and families.

Live Animal Presentations

Saturday, September 25, 2 pm                                Falcon Heart Rescue

Join Deb Saltis, a local wildlife rehabilitator as she explains how she became a wildlife rehabber and some of the challenges she has faced and will be presenting a few of her Birds-of-Prey. The cost is $5/person or $20/family. For more information and to inquire about booking, email mary.hall@uticazoo.org.

Night Prowl

Join us for a night time guided hike through the woods of Beaversprite. Night Prowl is a great way to enjoy an evening at the Utica Zoo and Beaversprite; fun for the whole family! Small groups will be lead on an excursion, experiencing fun activities to learn more about nocturnal animals and their adaptations! And you will have the chance to meet some nocturnal animals! The tour will be lead around one of the trails (a 60 minute trek)! Please note, the trails are not stroller accessible so we highly encourage a back pack carrier for any little ones! Night Prowl activities include marshmallows over the fire, hot cocoa, and fun activities. Grab the family to enjoy a wonderful evening together with all of us here.

$8/child + $10/adult for Members. $10/child + $14/adult for Non-Members. Guests must preregister through the link below! For more information, email Mary.Hall@uticazoo.org.

October 8th 6:00PM

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Home School Classes

The Beaversprite Home School Program is a STEM-based program that utilizes age-appropriate activities, crafts, activities, as well as live animals to teach attending children about a range of animal-related topics. Our home school class may be used to fulfill a science credit, depending on specific grade level or requirements. Home school is open to all students (K – 12th grade).

The Utica Zoo/Beaversprite is fully chartered as an education facility by NYSED and all lessons and activities will adhere to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and include take home worksheets as well as a list of resources for further learning. The lessons will be geared towards students in 2nd to 6th grades but all ages can participate.

$15/participating child. Students must pre-register in advance using the link below. For more information, email Mary.Hall@uticazoo.org.

September 30th – Who Lives in Leaves?

Learn about the critters – big and small – who are lurking in the leaves.

October 28th – Winter Preppers!

It takes a lot of preparation to survive an Adirondack winter. Learn how plants and animals get ready for the long, cold days of winter.

$10/participating child. 

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Kids Camps

Sunday, September 26, 1 -4                                  Just One Drop

Join us for a watery adventure as we follow a drop of water on its trip to the sea. We will learn all about the water cycle and explore the ponds and streams of Beaversprite and learn all about the Mohawk River watershed that we call home. Rubber boots or water shoes are recommended.

Families of all ages are welcome to take part in these programs but be aware that they are not stroller friendly. Kids ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult, ages 6 and over may be dropped off. $20/child. 

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Miscellaneous

  • October 11th – The Case of the Disappearing Cones

Pack a lunch, put on your thinking cap and join us at the Beaversprite Nature Center as we follow the clues through fields and forest to solve the mystery. $10/child.

For more information and to learn about booking, email Mary.Hall@uticazoo.org.

Birthdays at Beaversprite

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Beaversprite is now offering Birthday Parties at the Nature Center!

 

Beaversprite Nature Parties are available daily from 10 am to 4pm and include:
* 2 hours use of Nature Center for up to 10 kids plus adults
* A natural craft activity or scavenger hunt
* Festive plates, cups, napkins and cutlery
Cost is $100.00 and $3.00 for additional children over the 10 count

 

Beaversprite Nocturnal Parties are available evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm and include:
* 2 hours exclusive use of the nature center for up to 10 kids plus adults
* Festive plates, cups, napkins and cutlery
* Use of the fire pit, firewood and a s’mores kit
* A naturalist led night hike.

 

Cost is $175.00 plus $3.00 for additional children over the 10 count.
For more information or to book your party contact Mary.hall@uticazoo.org or call 315-429-0502.