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Early Access Morning
April 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
One event on May 4, 2019 at 9:00am
One event on June 1, 2019 at 9:00am
One event on July 6, 2019 at 9:00am
One event on August 3, 2019 at 9:00am
One event on September 7, 2019 at 9:00am
Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.
Saturday, April 6th
Saturday, May 4th
Saturday, June 1st
Saturday, July 6th
Saturday, August 3rd
Saturday, September 7th
Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person*
*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.
*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.
Pre-registration is required.
There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.
Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, Elmwood Park Zoo guests have access to complimentary daily-use Sensory Packs. The backpack includes noise cancelling headphones, fidget toys, a stress ball, thinking putty and laminated copies of EPZ’s Social Story, sensory map, and sensory guide.
Guests may request a sensory backpack upon their arrival at the Admissions window. Guests must provide the zoo with a valid ID. The zoo will hold this ID until the backpack is returned.
A dedicated quiet space is located across from the prairie dog exhibit on the south facing side of the bison exhibit. This quiet space has gate access and available seating.
Click here to visit our Accessibility Page, which includes a sensory guide, accessibility map, social narrative and helpful tips for your visit.
In May of 2018 Elmwood Park Zoo became the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations who have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.
Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.