What are Weekends Are Wild walks?
These walks provide adults with guided early morning access to some of the exclusive natural areas within the Zoo grounds including Waterfowl Lake and Philosopher’s Walk. With breeding birds keeping low profiles, the summer programs focus more on other local flora and fauna!
Who are Weekends Are Wild programs for?
These programs are for ADULTS interested in native birds and other local wildlife.
What dates and times are Weekends Are Wild programs offered?
Each program runs from 8:30 am to 10 am
- July 5 – Plants of the Maryland Wilderness – Our Maryland Wilderness exhibit is a biotic microcosm of the Old Line State. Come explore the various habitats represented and learn to identify and explore the natural history of the native and non-native flora which populates the area.
- July 27- Aqua Marine and the Riparians – Trek through the aquatic habitats and exhibits of The Maryland Zoo in search of native hydrophilic and riparian creatures and to observe our polar bears, penguins and waterfowl.
- August 17 – Reptiles, Amphibians and Flutterbys- To follow up on Panamanian Golden Frog Day, join us for this herpetological and lepidopteral tour through the Zoo.
- August 31 – Late Summer Migrants –Catch the early- middle wave of migratory birds as they rest from their laborious flight of the previous evening. Because there is no rest for the weary, observe their foraging labors as they fatten up for their future nocturnal forays southward!
How much does a Weekends Are Wild program cost?
Each program is FREE. However, all participants, including members, must leave and re-enter the Zoo to visit the exhibits during normal operating hours.
Where do the Weekends Are Wild programs take place?
Participants will be met by Zoo staff at the Main Gate at 8:20 a.m. on the day of the program. Please note, after the walk begins, the Main Gate will be locked promptly at 8:30 a.m. Any participants arriving after that time will not be admitted.
How can I sign up for a Weekends Are Wild program?
No sign-up is necessary. Participants are welcome to drop-in but should be aware that once the gates are closed there is no way to enter the Zoo until it opens at 10:00 a.m.
Do we need to bring anything with us for the program?
Participants should dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a pair of binoculars. A water bottle and snacks placed in a backpack or similar carrier is strongly suggested.
What is the weather policy for Weekends are Wild Walks?
These programs will not run if the Zoo has been closed due to severely inclement weather. Check the Zoo’s website homepage for any weather related closings.