Animal Adventures

Join us for special Animal Adventures at the Zoo! These drop-in educational programs are FREE with paid admission and open to all ages. Through games, puppet shows, activities, and crafts, participants will learn about the husbandry, behavior, adaptations, and ecology of different animals. Activities take 15-20 minutes to complete. Locations vary so look on the Creature Encounter Chalkboard and listen for shuttle announcements for locations and show times on day of visit. Programs are scheduled between 10:00am and 2:00pm Tuesdays - Fridays from March through June 2014.

  • Emerging Nature (March 4th – 7th) – Catch a glimpse of spring and learn about how nature re-awakens after a long winter!
  • Home, Hearth & Pantry – Animal Habitats and Plants (March 11th - 14th) – Come to our home and garden show and learn about plants and the Zoo’s natural and man-made animal habitats.
  • Maryland Farms (March 18th – 21st) – E-I-E-I-O! Step outside the city and into rural farm life for a bushel of fun animal activities!
  • Browsers and Grazers (March 25th - 28th) – Look high and low and join us to learn about the favorite foliage of our browsers and grazers!
  • Cold vs. Warm Weather Adaptations (April 1st - 4th) - Mother Nature’s heating and air conditioning. Discover how animals adapt to extreme temperatures.
  • Animal Tracks and Signs (April 8th - 11th) – Some wild animals may be hard to spot. Come learn about the clues that they leave behind everywhere they go.
  • Pollination & Seed Dispersal (April 15th – 18th) – Discover how birds and bees ensure the pollination of our crop and garden plants!
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (April 22nd - 25th) – Come celebrate the gifts of land, water, and air by learning how we can protect the one thing that is special to all of us – Earth.
  • Nocturnal Animals (April 29th - May 2nd) – Discover who (or is it Hoo?) comes out when the sun goes down and learn about animals of the night!
  • Migratory Birds (May 6th - 9th) – Come learn about bird migration-where they go, and what draws them back to their seasonal habitats!
  • Endangered Species (May 13th – 16th) – Learn about why so many plants and animals are endangered and how we can help.
  • Fur, Feathers & Scales (May 20th – 23rd) – Animals can be seen in various colors and textures. Discover how you can tell these animals apart and what helps each of them to survive in their environment.
  • Herbivore, Omnivore, Carnivore (May 27th - 30th) – Join our version of The Food Network TM to learn who eats what and why.
  • Can You Hear the Hoof Beats? (June 3rd - 6th) – Come join us in celebration of Hoof Stock Appreciation Day!
  • Animal Movement (June 10th – 13th) – Leap like a lemur, slither like a snake, and flap like a falcon. Come learn why these animals move the way they do!
  • African Giants (June 17th – 20th) – Come learn about elephants, rhinoceroses, and giraffes – our magnificent African giants!
  • Invertebrates (June 24th – 27th) – Invertebrates are the most abundant creatures on earth – making up 99% of the earth’s animal species. The one thing they  have in common is what they lack: a backbone!