Eco-Family Programs 2021

Great Backyard Bird Count
Fri., Feb. 12 • 9:00am-10:00am
Join us as we participate in the 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This interactive experience is perfect for bird lovers of all ages! Participants will help us count birds in order to create a real-time snapshot of where different species can currently be found. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place across the country, and helps avian researchers gather information to better protect wild birds for the future! Registration is required.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat., Feb. 13 • 9:00am-10:00am
Join us as we participate in the 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This interactive experience is perfect for bird lovers of all ages! Participants will help us count birds in order to create a real-time snapshot of where different species can currently be found. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place across the country, and helps avian researchers gather information to better protect wild birds for the future! Registration is required.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sun., Feb 14 • 9:00am-10:00am
Join us as we participate in the 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! This interactive experience is perfect for bird lovers of all ages! Participants will help us count birds in order to create a real-time snapshot of where different species can currently be found. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place across the country, and helps avian researchers gather information to better protect wild birds for the future! Registration is required.
Frog Finders
Sat., March 27 • 6:30pm-8:00pm

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! Registration is required.
Stoney Creek Stream Search
Sat., April 24 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Jump in with both feet and become an enviro-hero by helping zoo educators cleanup & explore Stoney 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! Be sure to bring your boots! Registration is required.
Pollinator Party
Sat., May 22 • 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! Registration is required.
National Eagle Day Celebration
Sat., June 19 • 10:30am-12:00pm

Help us celebrate our national symbol and hometown favorite, the bald eagle! National American Eagle Day is a time to raise awareness about the bald eagle and the amazing conservation success story behind their return. Join educators as we learn how to preserve the bird’s natural habitat, discover their importance in our ecosystem, and meet our live eagle ambassadors up close! Registration is required.
National Eagle Day Celebration
Sun,. June 20 • 10:30am-12:00pm

Help us celebrate our national symbol and hometown favorite, the bald eagle! National American Eagle Day is a time to raise awareness about the bald eagle and the amazing conservation success story behind their return. Join educators as we learn how to preserve the bird’s natural habitat, discover their importance in our ecosystem, and meet our live eagle ambassadors up close! Registration is required.
Nature at Night Hike
Sat., July 24 • 7:30pm-9:00pm

What kind of critters come awake after dark? Join educators for a nighttime investigation into the world of nocturnal invertebrates as we celebrate National Moth Week! This citizen science program is held worldwide during the last full week of July, and celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. We will take an up close look at these often overlooked, but incredibly important, animals and do a survey of nocturnal insects on our undeveloped zoo property! Registration is required.
BioBlitz
Sat., August 21 • 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! Registration is required.
Monarch Watch
Sat., September 18 • 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! Registration is required.
Monarch Watch
Sun., September 19 • 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! Registration is required.
Celebrate Bats
Fri., October 22 • 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! Registration is required.
Owl Prowl
Sat., November 20 • 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! Registration is required.
Natural Wreath Making Workshop
Sat., December 4 • 1:00pm-3:00pm

Welcome the holiday season with your own natural wreath! By using leftover branches from trees that would ordinarily be thrown out, you can create a festive and beautiful decoration without the environmental impact! Join us to make a wreath you can bring home. We will provide the evergreen branches, frame, decorations and wire, you bring your creativity! Registration is required. $10 per wreath.