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Senior Zoo Walkers

Woodland Park Zoo, Group Health Cooperative and Seattle Parks Department Lifelong Recreation invite you to join Senior Zoo Walkers, a walking program at the zoo to promote fitness and well being among adults 55 and older.  Spend time in a beautiful setting and learn more about the natural world while taking care of your health.

2017 Registration

Program Cost:

  • $20 per session

Program Times:

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday
  • 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Warm-up Exercises
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Zoo Walk

Sessions by Quarter:

  • Session 1:  January 1st - March 31st
  • Session 2:  April 1st - June 30th
  • Session 3:  July 1st - September 30th
  • Session 4:  October 1st - December 31st

2017 Socials:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Education Center
  • Session 1:  Tuesday, January 10th
  • Session 2:  Thursday, March 16th
  • Session 3:  Thursday, June 8th
  • Session 4:  Tuesday, September 12th

Having a hard time registering online? 
Use this form to register by mail, fax or walk-in.

Program Information

Mornings at the zoo are often the time when animals are most active. As you walk through lush tropical forests or around open grasslands, you may glimpse a patas monkey perched on a limb, or a zebra running across the savanna.

Senior Zoo Walkers is a fun and safe way to exercise while meeting new friends. The program also offers you these benefits:

  • Warm-Up Stretches led by Fitness Leader at 9:15 a.m. outside the zoo's South Entrance (North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North)

  • An identification card, parking permit and walking map (you can pick these up at the Education Center's office)

  • A global adventure throughout the zoo.  Dress comfortably for walking and the weather!

  • Quarterly socials featuring presentations by health and zoo experts on fitness, health and zoo activities 

Please Note: Due to seasonal crowds, parking during the summer (April 1st through September 30th) is limited to the Flamingo Lot located at the corner of Phinney Avenue North & North 50th Street.

Why Walk?

Walking is a safe form of exercise and requires no previous instruction. Regular walking can help you:

  • Improve stamina and energy

  • Strengthen bones to fight osteoporosis.

  • Improve muscle tone and strength.

  • Increase the efficiency of heart, lungs and blood circulation

  • Relieve stress and tension.

  • Burn calories.

  • Keep joints flexible.

Before starting a new exercise program, it is important to get approval from your physician.

Group Health Cooperative is the nation’s largest consumer-governed health care organization and emphasizes preventative services as part of its medical care.


To register for Senior Zoo Walkers by mail, fax or delivering it yourself to the Education Center at the South Entrance of the zoo, please click here to download the form.

Please Note: Your Senior Zoo Walkers card and parking permit will be available for pick-up at the Education Center the first day you come to walk.  Nothing will be mailed to you.

Questions and information

Contact the Senior Zoo Walker Registrar at 206.548.2424 x4 or email

Contact the Group Health Resource Line at 206.326.2800 or 1.800.992.2279, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or send email to

Contact Sound Steps at 206-684-4664 or email to learn about other walking programs