UTICA, NY – The Utica Zoo recently unveiled their winter 2021 virtual education program schedule, as well as a new Facebook users group designed to be a resource for parents and teachers. With growing numbers of COVID-19 cases locally, the Zoo developed these resources as a way to make virtual learning fun and engaging for young students.


The Virtual Hatchlings program is designed for learners aged 2-5 and features a series of 30 minute online programs that will focus on one animal per week for a 6 week period. Additionally, each session will feature songs, movement, activities, and crafts. Programs are designed to require parental support to be successful and fully engaging. Sessions are held once a week on Thursday mornings at 10am on Zoom; the schedule is as follows:


Week 1: Dazzling Dragons – January 14th
Week 2: Silly Squirrels – January 21st
Week 3: Zig-Zagging Zebras – January 28th
Week 4: Hooray for Hedgehogs – February 4th
Week 5: All about Owls – February 11th
Week 6: Awesome Opossums! – February 18th


Sessions may be booked individually or as a full 6 week package and start at $10 each. Visit UticaZoo.org/education/hatchlings for full details and to book your session(s).


The Zoo’s Education Facebook Group also contains information for upcoming programs, including Virtual Hatchlings and Virtual ZooMobiles, as well as additional educational resources. The group can be found at Facebook.com/groups/uticazooeducation. Any questions regarding education programs at the Utica Zoo can be sent to Education Manager Jim Tavares at jim.tavares@uticazoo.org or 315-738-0472 x26.

For more information about this, or anything Utica Zoo related, visit UticaZoo.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @uticazoo.



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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