Daily activities offered through September 2, 2024

Activities are free with zoo admission except as noted.
Subject to cancellation depending on the cooperation of weather and animals.

Animal Keeper Talks

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily, Times Vary


Sign Language Interpretation for Keeper Talks

Interpretation dates: June 1st , July 6th, and August 3rd.

On the first Saturday of each month during Summer programming, every Keeper Talk will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.


Animal keepers provide exceptional care to all the animals at the zoo, making sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy. Hear great stories about the individual animals that call Woodland Park Zoo home.

All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or animal availability.

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Animal Encounters

*denotes fee-based activity


Portrait photo of a goat

Family Farm Contact Area

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Daily
(closed noon – 1:00 p.m.)

Is a goat soft? How does a sheep want to be touched? Pet a selection of domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm.

Child feeding a rhino

Rhino Encounter*

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Daily
(closed Tuesdays)

*Cost: $10 per person, one child under 5 free with one paying adult

Enjoy an up-close meet and greet with rhino Glenn. Hear from rhino keepers about how they care for one of the zoo’s largest residents and learn how you can help save rhinos in the wild.

Family feeding a giraffe

Giraffe Encounter*

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Daily
(closed Tuesdays)

*Cost: $10 per person, one child under 5 free with one paying adult

Get up close and personal with the tallest animals on the African Savanna and learn about what makes these animals so magnificent! If you’re lucky, the giraffe will take a leafy snack from your hand!

Daily Programs

*denotes fee-based activity



Interactive Zoo Map

Use our new interactive map for up to to date information during your visit. Thank you for going digital and reducing paper waste! No download required.

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Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily
*Cost: $3 a ride (cash or card) in addition to zoo admission

Enjoy rides on Woodland Park Zoo’s Historic Carousel with classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

Riders that are not 42 inches or taller need an adult to hold them for safety. Adults can only hold one rider at a time. Adults can ride with two children under 42 inches if one of the children is carried in a child carrier that allows both the adult’s hands to be free, or they can all sit together in one of the chariots. Either way the adult holder rides for free.

**The Historic Carousel will close early at 3:00 p.m. on days with a ZooTunes concert.


Butterfly Garden

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily

Take a walk in a beautiful garden while butterflies fly around you!

Butterfly Garden is home to hundreds of free-flying butterflies representing species native to North America. You'll learn about the butterfly's life cycle while watching new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises before flying free in the garden.




9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily

With different play areas for children from birth to 8 is an indoor place to explore, play and have fun! What could be more fun than exploring a mountain cave, crossing a rope bridge in the tree canopy, discovering what lies beneath a savanna water hole or even climbing a 20-foot tree?! All this and more are awaiting discovery for young children interested in nature.

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Creature Feature


10:30 a.m. Thursdays

A great opportunity for young children to meet an animal up close and personal. Join Zoomazium staff for an original puppet story and then meet a scaled, sleek or shelled animal friend in person!


Look, Listen and Feel Storytime

Alvord Broadleaf Theater

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Designed for young guests, this story time experience is designed to be multisensory and themed to each season.


Live Trout Feeding

Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

11:00 a.m. Fridays

Penguins may not look fast on the ground, but they are swift and agile swimmers. Watch as these charismatic birds demonstrate their expert fish-hunting abilities when buckets of live trout are added to their pool!


Make Enrichment for Animals

Alvord Broadleaf Theater

11:15 a.m. Thursdays

Animals like to solve puzzles, explore, sniff, play and tear apart. Learn what it takes to provide fun opportunities for animals to show off their natural skills and build enrichment for the zoo’s keas. Head to Alvord Broadleaf Theater for this hands-on building experience.



Keeping it Wild

Wildlife Theater

11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)

Meet the zoo’s ambassador animals and their amazing animal keepers! Discover their stories, learn about their special relationships and personalities, and find out how you can help “keep it wild.”

*The 2:00 p.m. program will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted: June 1, July 6,  August 3.


Tiger Training Demonstration

Banyan Wilds

11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

How do animal keepers safely work with large powerful predators? Learn how training allows tigers to participate in their own care and discover what Woodland Park Zoo is doing to protect these iconic cats

*American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted: June 1st, July 6th,  August 3rd.


Orangutan Training Demonstration

11:00 a.m. Thursdays

Swing through the Trail of Vines and watch the orangutans’ training session. Training animals as smart as orangutans allows their animal keepers to check on their health and provide learning opportunities for the animals. Learn what the zoo does to help these amazing great apes in the wild.


Horticulture Talk

Location: Tropical Rain Forest Dome

2:00 p.m. Tuesdays

Plenty of carnivores live at Woodland Park Zoo, but did you know the zoo also has carnivorous plants? Hear incredible floral stories from the zoo’s talented horticulture team.


Penguin Snack Time

Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

2:30 p.m. Daily (closed Fridays)

The zoo’s Humboldt penguin colony has more than 40 individuals all with different personalities. Come and hear about all the recent action, drama, and comedy, happening between the penguins while watching them receive their afternoon snacks.

*American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted: June 1st, July 6th,  August 3rd.


Ask a Master Gardener Clinic

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sundays (on dates listed below)
May: 5, 19, 26. June: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  July: 7, 14 ,21, 28.  August: 4, 11, 18
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursdays (on dates listed below)
May: 19, 26. June: 6, 20. August: 1, 15
Location: Zoomazium/Microsoft Pollinator Patio

Free advice is available on gardening, plant problems, plant identification, pest management and soil improvement. People of all ages are encouraged to get outdoors and learn about gardening.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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