Eco-Family Programs 2022

Great Backyard Bird Count

Fri, February 18th • 9:30am-11:00am
Sat, February 19th • 9:30am-11:00am- Yearly members only
Sun, February 20th • 9:30am-11:00am

Join educators as we participate yet again in the 25th 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 migrating and living. 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. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

Frog Finders

Sat, March 26th • 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. Registration is $5 per family.

Stoney Creek Stream Search

Sat, April 23rd • 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! This is a FREE program, but registration is required.

Pollinator Party

Sat, May 28th • 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 and bug 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. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

National Eagle Day Celebration

Sat, June 18th • 10:30am-11:30am
Sun, June 19th • 10:30am-11:30am

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. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

NATURE AT NIGHT HIKE

Sat, July 23th • 8:00pm-9:30pm

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. Registration is $5 per family.

UPLINK TO NATURE HIKE

Sat, AUG 20th • 10:30am-12:00pm

Go play outside…on your phone! Join educators for a hike to observe the many plants and animals that live on the undeveloped portion of the zoo property while learning how to use the iNaturalist app to assist with nature exploration! Not only will you combine the best of both the tech and natural worlds, but the observations you make will help us better understand our local habitats! Registration is Required. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

VULTURE AWARENESS DAY

Sat, SEPT. 3 • 10:30am-11:30am
Sat, SEPT. 3 • 3:00pm-4:00pm

Help us celebrate nature’s clean up crew and underappreciated unsung animal heroes: vultures! Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas where they live. Join us for an up close encounter with our ambassador vulture as she demonstrates some of the amazing adaptations that help vultures not only survive, but also keep us and the environment healthy! Registration is Required. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

MONARCH WATCH

Sat, Sept 17th • 2:00pm-4:00pm
Sun, Sept 18th • 2:00pm-4:00pm

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. Registration is $5 per family. If you wish to visit the zoo after the program, Single Day Member admission is required for all non-yearly members.

CELEBRATE BATS

Sat, Oct. 8th • 5:00pm-6:30pm

Every October we recognize Bat Week, an international 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 an early celebration with hands-on activities, games and an up close look at these creatures of the night! Registration is Required. Registration is $5 per family.

Owl Prowl

Sat, Nov. 19th • 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. Registration is Required. Registration is $5 per family.

Natural Wreath Making Workshop

Sat, Dec. 10th • 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 (not per family).