Utica, NY – Even on the coldest days, the Utica Zoo is buzzing with activity. During the month of February, the Utica Zoo will be holding numerous events, camps, and educational programs for visitors of all ages.

Thursday, February 14 at 10:30am will be a Zoo Adventures STEM Academy class for learners aged 3-5 years old. Pre-Registration is required. Cost starts at $7/child + admission for not-yet members and $7/ child for members. Additional information and registration can be found at uticazoo.org/programs

Saturday, February 16-Sunday February 17 at 10:30am is the Animal Valentine Exchange and Enrichment program. The Utica Zoo has teamed up with the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester to do an Animal Valentine Exchange between their animals. Visitors will be able to create their own valentine to a Seneca Park animal, and create an enrichment item for a Utica Zoo animal. There will be animal meet and greets, and a campfire to stay warm. This event is FREE with Zoo Admission.

Sunday, February 17 is also a Sensory Sunday event, geared specifically towards families with a member who has special or sensory needs. This event includes animal meet and greets and instruction specifically geared towards guests with sensory needs. This event is free for members, and $5 for not-yet members.

Monday, February 18 is the Zoo’s School Break Zoo Camp. Bring the kids to the Utica Zoo to learn all about animal habits during school break. Camp runs from 10am-1pm and is open to learners in 1st-4th grade. Camp activities include animal meet and greets, zoo exploration, enrichment projects and crafts. $30 for members, and $35 for not-yet members. Pre-Registration is required and can be done by contacting Kathleen at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or Kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org.

Thursday, February 21 at 10:30 is a seconds Zoo Adventures STEM Academy class for learners aged 3-5 years old. Pre-Registration is required. Cost starts at $7/child + admission for not-yet members and $7/ child for members. Additional information and registration can be found at uticazoo.org/programs. At 6:30pm, join Zoo Educators for a Night Prowl through the Zoo. Enjoy animal meet and greets, explore the Zoo by moonlight, and venture up to meet the Mexican Gray Wolf pack. There will also be a campfire to stay warm and enjoy the February Snow Moon. Cost is $8.00/adults and $6.00/child for members and $10.00/adults and $8.00 / child for not-yet members.

Friday, February 22 is a second School Break Zoo camp. Bring the kids to the Utica Zoo to learn all about animal habits during school break. Camp runs from 10am-1pm and is open to learners in 1st-4th grade. Camp activities include animal meet and greets, zoo exploration, enrichment projects and crafts. $30 for members, and $35 for not-yet members. Pre-Registration is required and can be done by contacting Kathleen at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or Kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your family contact the education department at mary.hall@uticazoo.org or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.

Sunday, February 24 is Member Morning. Utica Zoo members are invited to join a Member’s Only program. The family-friendly fun starts at 9:30 am and will focus on “Spineless Wonders”. Member Mornings are free to Utica Zoo Members. Only 25 spots are available per day, and pre-registration is required by emailing mary.hall@uticazoo.org or calling Mary at (315) 738-0472 ext 26.

Thursday, February 28 is the February home school class. Home School learners aged K-2nd are invited to join the class at 11am and must be accompanied by a guardian through the class. Learners aged 3rd grade and up are invited at 1pm and may be dropped off. The home school class will also be kicking off their “Go Green Challenge” and will have a special visit from Jamie Tuttle from Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus adult admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, Contact Nicolette Hajdasz at nicolette@uticazoo.org or by phone at 315-738-0472 ext. 34. Home School parents are also encouraged to attend the Zoo’s Home School Brain Storm session on March 28th at 1pm.

For more information about this, or anything Utica Zoo related, visit UticaZoo.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @uticazoo. Visitors are always welcome to call 315-738-0472 with any specific questions.

 

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Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation and recreation. Located in Roscoe Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo was established in 1914 as part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor. The zoo has grown from its beginnings of three Fallow Deer donated by the New York Zoological Society to its present collection of more than 100 species from around the world.

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