Eco-Family Programs 2020

Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat, February 15th • 10:30am-11:30am
Join educators as we participate yet again in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This interactive experience is perfect for bird lovers of all ages! Participants can visit the zoo to count birds in order to help create a real-time snapshot of where birds are! The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place across the country, and helps avian researchers gather information to better protect wild birds for the future!

This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 1/15.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sun.,February 16th • 10:30am-11:30am
Join educators as we participate yet again in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This interactive experience is perfect for bird lovers of all ages! Participants can visit the zoo to count birds in order to help create a real-time snapshot of where birds are! The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place across the country, and helps avian researchers gather information to better protect wild birds for the future!

This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 1/15.
Frog Finders
Sat., March 28th • 6:30pm-7:00pm

Hop your way to the zoo for an evening of finding some fun amphibian friends! We will search for frogs, toads, and salamanders as they begin to emerge from their winter sleep. Join our educators as we explore the zoo grounds, look under logs, and listen for the sounds of spring! Our findings will be submitted to scientists at the PA Herp Survey, helping to track the health of our local populations!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 3/28.
Stony Creek Stream Search
Sun., April 18th • 11:00am-12:30pm

Jump in with both feet and become an enviro-hero by helping zoo educators cleanup & explore Stony Creek. Make a splash as you search for tiny critters that call the creek home, and help improve the health of the watershed by creating a cleaner habitat for both humans and wildlife!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 3/18.
Horticulture Walk with Mark
Sat., May 16th • 11am-12pm
11am-12pm Horticulture Walk with Mark Zoo Grounds Calling all green thumbs! Join our grounds & horticulture specialist for a guided tour of our gardens around the zoo. Learn all about the native plants and eco-friendly practices that are being used to make a positive impact on the local environment, and how you can do the same at home. This program is geared towards ages 16+

This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 4/16.
Project Budburst
Sat., May 16th • 1:00pm-2:30pm

April showers brought May flowers -- join us as we take a closer look at what plants are blooming around the zoo, and which tiny critters are calling them home! We will use magnifying glasses to look at pollinators, dissect the parts of flowers, and use our senses to explore the zoo gardens. Become a citizen scientist, too, and help us collect info on buds and flowers for Project Budburst, which allows researchers to better understand how plants are growing in our changing climate.

This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 4/16.
Pollinator Party
Sat., June 6th • 10:30am-12:00pm

Buzz on over to the zoo to learn about the beneficial bugs that make our gardens and crops grow! Help educators build native bee houses that will be placed around the zoo, providing vital habitat and shelter for these important winged friends. You’ll also get a chance to pot your own native plant to help attract pollinators to your home! This is a free program, but registration is required.


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 5/6.
Zookeeper Olympics
Sat., July 25th • 10:30am-12:00pm

Do you have what it takes to work at the zoo? Can you lift up an eagle, hit the target with a hose, and deliver the right diet to each animal? Come find out by joining our educators and other staff in some fun, family friendly challenges in celebration of National Zookeeper Week!

This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 6/25.
BioBlitz
Sat., Aug 22nd • 10:00am-12:00pm

Do you like a good scavenger hunt? Are you an expert at “I-Spy”? Put your skills to the test and help educators conduct a survey of the many plants and animals that live on the undeveloped portion of the zoo property! A bioblitz is a citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. This program is open to all ages and experience levels; we will utilize the iNaturalist app to assist us, so you don't have to be an expert! Spend a day out in nature and help us better understand our local habitats!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 7/22.
Monarch Watch
Sat., September 12 • 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join educators for this important citizen science program to learn all about the beautiful and endangered Monarch butterfly! Get a firsthand look at the different life stages of this insect, tag adult Monarchs for their migration to Mexico, and learn how you can provide butterfly habitat in your own backyard!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 8/12.
Monarch Watch
Sun., September 13 • 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join educators for this important citizen science program to learn all about the beautiful and endangered Monarch butterfly! Get a firsthand look at the different life stages of this insect, tag adult Monarchs for their migration to Mexico, and learn how you can provide butterfly habitat in your own backyard!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 8/12.
Celebrate Bats
Sat., October 24th • 5:00pm-6:30pm

Bat Week is an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. These nocturnal creatures are often misunderstood, but they act as valuable predators to many insects, including mosquitos! Join educators as we kick off this celebration with hands on activities, games and an up close look at these creatures of the night!


This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 9/24.
Owl Prowl
Sat., November 14th • 6:00pm-7:30pm

Whooo’s awake in the dark at the zoo? Join educators for a night hike to explore the sleeping forest, listen for some nocturnal feathered friends, and experience a close encounter with one of our ambassador owls. Be sure to dress warm and put on your best listening ears!



This is a free program, but registration is required. Registration opens 10/9.