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Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Be Bear Smart in the Pacific Northwest

Grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali will ransack a mock wedding and mock campsite in their exhibit to show us what happens when you don’t properly clean up or bear-proof your outdoor living spaces. Zookeepers and conservation experts will be on hand to teach you the safety tips you can follow to avoid dangerous encounters like this in your yard or on your next camping or hiking adventure. 

Through the zoo's Living Northwest conservation program, the spotlight also shines on other Pacific Northwest native wildlife with activities to help you learn how to coexist with wolves, raptors, butterflies and more.


Schedule of Activities

10:00 a.m.  Karelian Bear Dog demo – North Meadow

10:00 a.m.  Wolf Haven talk – Wolves (Northern Trail)

11:00 a.m.  Backyard Wedding demo – Bears (Northern Trail)

11:00 a.m.  Friends by Nature – Alvord Broadleaf Theater

11:30 a.m.  Earn Your Wings – Wildlife Theater

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Western Pond Turtles – Living Northwest tent (North Meadow)

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  Roger Fernandes: Native American artist and storyteller – North Picnic Shelter near the Historic Carousel

12:30 p.m.  River otter enrichment – Taiga Building (Northern Trail)

1:00 p.m.  Karelian Bear Dog demo – North Meadow

2:00 p.m.  Unsafe Campground demo – Bears (Northern Trail)

2:00 p.m.  Earn Your Wings – Wildlife Theater

2:30 p.m.  Friends by Nature – Alvord Broadleaf Theater

3:00 p.m.  Wolf Haven talk – Wolves (Northern Trail)


Join us at the Living Northwest conservation tent to meet our Western Pond Turtles from noon - 2:00 p.m., pick up free seed packets and pollinator friendly planting guides throughout the day – courtesy of the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board, and enter to win an opportunity to go behind the scenes with our Grizzly brothers, a copy of the new book: “Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo,” or a Living Northwest gift bag.

Join Native American artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the North Picnic Shelter. Roger will share Native American stories about animals and their connection with the other “people” who inhabit the world.

Visit the ZooStores on Bear Affair day for the opportunity to taste local Shaver Farms Wildbeary products, made from huckleberries picked in Washington and Idaho.


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