Woodland Park Zoo 2013 Calendar of Events
(Information is subject to change)
February 9 Valentine’s Day Celebration, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Otters, red pandas, snow leopards, gorillas and other animals at Woodland Park Zoo celebrate Cupid’s holiday the wild way with heart-shaped ice pops made of fruit juice, honey, strawberries and cranberries, herbal bouquets, heart-shaped steaks and more animal favorites. The romantic treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.
March 2 Rose Pruning Demonstration at Woodland Park Rose Garden, noon-3:00 p.m.
Need tips on pruning roses, using proper tools and more? Come to the Woodland Park Rose Garden for the annual rose pruning demonstration hosted by the Seattle Rose Society. Learn about roses and how to care for them, get answers to your questions by rosarians, and hear a discussion about Woodland Park Zoo’s organic management and IPM techniques used in the Rose Garden. Admission to demonstration and Rose Garden: Free. Zoo parking fee applies.
March 21 Thrive, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Sheraton Downtown Seattle Hotel
Join Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen and the zoo’s Board of Directors for breakfast to learn how Woodland Park Zoo connects the community to nature and brings science to life through hands-on learning, creating the next generation of conservation stewards. Special guest speaker is Ira Flatow, award-winning science correspondent. Over the course of his 40 year career, Ira Flatow has been bringing cutting-edge science to million through a range of programs including the four-part PBS special Big Ideas and Emmy-winning Newton’s Apple. He is currently the host of NPR’s Science Friday, which welcomes over a million listeners each week. Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday, which draws more than a million listeners each week.For information, contact Katie Klump at 206.548.2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 30 Bunny Bounce and Easter Baskets for the Animals,
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hop, skip and jump to Woodland Park Zoo for the 12th annual Bunny Bounce, featuring amazing egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters, and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space may be limited. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Gorillas, elephants, grizzlies and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. The special treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Activities are free with zoo admission or membership.
April 12-14, 19-21 Spring Fling
Spring Break at Woodland Park Zoo is in full swing! Enjoy keeper talks, Zoomazium programs and an opportunity to feed the elephants, penguins and Australian birds (additional cost for feedings). Our animal experts will be on hand to answer your questions and provide insight into the zoo’s excellent animal care program.
May 1 Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily through September 30
May 4 Grand Opening Celebration: New Asian small-clawed otter exhibit
Enter the tropical forests of Asia and be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest teeming with life! Visit squealing Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary and kid’s play area. Celebrate with us as we introduce phase one of the zoo’s largest and most ambitious exhibit project since the Trail of Vines.
May 11 Early Morning Bird Walk, 6:45-9:00 a.m.
In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, take a guided tour on zoo grounds with a keeper and learn firsthand about the wild birds that call Woodland Park Zoo home, and those that make it a temporary home during their annual migration. Zookeepers and expert staff will be your guides, giving natural history and birding tips to participants of all ages and levels of experience. The walk will last approximately two hours. Please bring binoculars and weather-appropriate clothing. A light breakfast of pastries and coffee will be served. Cost: $20 per adult non-zoo member; id="mce_marker"0 per adult zoo member. Children 12 and under are free. Reservations are required. RSVP by emailing Shawn.Pedersen@zoo.org. Space is limited.
May 11 Mom & Me at the Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Celebrate mom with the 23nd annual Mom & Me at the Zoo. Moms and families enjoy lots of fun activities on the North Meadow. Free with zoo admission or membership.
June-August BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru Concert Series
The ever-popular summer concert series is back for its 30th year, still offering the best concert bargain in the Pacific Northwest. Top artists and singer-songwriters perform outdoors in the zoo’s North Meadow with festival seating. Blankets, low-backed chairs and picnic baskets are welcome.
June 8 Bear Affair: Pacific Northwest Conservation, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
What happens when you don't store food properly or haphazardly leave garbage around while camping in bear country? Your campsite, or your own backyard, will be crawling with bears, that's what! Get a glimpse of the disastrous results as Woodland Park Zoo's popular grizzly bear brothers tear into a campsite, and learn what steps you can take to properly bear-proof your backyard or campsite. Hear keeper talks with special enrichment treats for bears, learn what these predators need in order to survive in the wild and understand how we can all co-exist. Hear about these and other Pacific Northwest conservation programs. Free with zoo admission or membership.
June 19-Sept 29 Summer Real Close Tours, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10:45 a.m.
See what goes on behind the scenes at Woodland Park Zoo with a 90-minute guided tour. Real Close tours include zoo admission and participants are welcome to explore the zoo on their own at the conclusion of the tour.
July 2-3 Red, White & Zoo, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
It’s a Fourth of July picnic as Woodland Park Zoo’s animals – orangutans, jaguars, hippos, elephants and more – are treated to star-shaped popsicles, watermelons or corn on the cob in celebration of Red, White & Zoo. Hear zookeepers talk about how treats and other activities are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.
July 12 Woodland Park Zoo’s 37th Annual Jungle Party, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
(Zoo closes early at 3:00 p.m.)
It’s Woodland Park Zoo's 37th Annual Jungle Party! Nearly 1,000 of the Northwest's civic and philanthropic leaders come together on the zoo’s North Meadow to indulge in an evening of festivities including fun-filled bidding on several hundred exciting auction items and experiences during the silent and live auctions, a colorful reception, live entertainment, up-close animal experiences for patron guests, a lavish sit-down dinner and open bars. The fundraiser, which raised id="mce_marker".47 million in 2012, supports the zoo's animal care, conservation and education programs. For more information, visit www.zoo.org/jungleparty.
July 12 Zoo closes early at 3:00 p.m. for Jungle Party
July 26 Tasting Flight Wine Event at the Zoo, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Uncork some of the Northwest’s finest boutique wines at Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight after hours, adults only event. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions and give tips to make the most of your tasting experiences. Additional tastings, full bottles of your favorite selections, and small bites from Lancer Catering will also be available for purchase at the event. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.
August 10 Asian Wildlife Conservation Day, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Asian Wildlife Conservation Day illustrates how the zoo’s partnerships are helping to save the endangered wildlife of Asia and bringing life sustaining commerce to indigenous families throughout Asia. Learn more about logging and palm oil, and how your choices and actions can help to save orangutans, Asian elephants, hornbills, tree kangaroos and other endangered animals. The day is filled with activities including keeper talks, face painting, crafts and more. Free with zoo admission or membership.
October 1 Winter Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily through April 30
October 3 Brew at the Zoo, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The fabulous tasting event features micro brews and ciders at this adults-only evening. Held in the zoo’s Rain Forest Food Pavilion and Zoomazium, the event also features food and entertainment to “top off” your evening. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.
October 26-27 Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. Discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins! The pumpkins are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.
November 11 Veterans Day Discount
They serve, they defend, they protect, they sacrifice, and Woodland Park Zoo salutes them. In honor of those who put themselves at risk in service to their community and country, the zoo extends free admission to all active, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification on Veterans Day. Veterans Day discounts cannot be combined with other offers or zoo discounts.
November 23 Turkey Toss, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The zoo’s carnivores chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the annual Turkey Toss. The turkey treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.
November 29 - January 1 WildLights, 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly
See the zoo in a whole new light during Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights. WildLights features wild animals and wild places recreated in thousands of sparkling LED lights inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” The sparkling, after-hours event will kick off November 29 and continue through January 1, 5:30-8:30 nightly. WildLights will be closed December 24 and 25.
December 14-16, 21-23 Winter Celebration, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Some animals hibernate during the winter, but you don’t have to! Celebrate winter by taking a wildlife trek at Woodland Park Zoo’s Winter Celebration. Discover a repertoire of animal behavior as animals munch on holiday-themed treats such as wreaths with assorted fruit, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, and boughs and wrapped boxes. Winter Celebration is part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily October 1 through April 30, and 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily May 1 through September 30. The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day.
Admission: October 1-April 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"1.75; Child (3-12) $8.50. May 1-September 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"8.50; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.75. Active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.
Parking: $5.25. Parking is limited. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling. Conserving resources is one more way to help animals. For bus service to the zoo, visit: www.metro.kingcounty.gov.
Location: Enter through the West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.
Gifts/Food: Visit the ZooStores for extraordinary gifts and zoo souvenirs. Stop by the Rain Forest Food Pavilion or other concessionaire locations to quench your thirst or appetite. Open daily during regular zoo hours.
Info: For more information or to become a zoo member, call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY), or visit the zoo’s website at www.zoo.org.