Eco-Family Programs 2022

Join the Elmwood Park Zoo Educators during our monthly EcoFamily Programs. Featuring fun, hands-on activities, these programs offer individuals and families a more intensive look at various aspects of the natural world!

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 JOURNALING

Sat, July 16th • 10:30am-12:00pm

Nature journaling is a method used by real-life scientists and naturalists to collect data and do their work in the field, but it is also a great way for anyone to practice their observational skills and make a connection with our natural world! Guests will be encouraged to use their senses to observe natural objects and settings, ask questions about their observations, and make connections with their experiences. While there will be some drawing involved, this is a practice that anybody can participate in, regardless of their artistic ability! Guests will learn how to tap into their creativity by incorporating diagrams, maps, notations, and many other disciplines into their journaling, using materials provided by the zoo. 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 23rd • 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 • 2:30pm-4:00pm
Sun, Sept 18th • 2:30pm-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 $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.