At the heart of the Emerald City in the Evergreen State, a movement is taking root



Forest Trailhead Groundbreaking Ceremony

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Ceremony to begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow

Woodland Park Zoo’s Board of Directors invites you to celebrate new beginnings taking root from forest floor to canopy. Please join us as we kick off rebuilding the heart of our zoo. At this groundbreaking ceremony, zoo and community leaders will discuss the promise of our Forests for All campaign for local and global communities, reveal updated exhibit renderings and highlight the sustainability efforts underway for the Forest Trailhead’s design, site preparation and construction.

Our new Forest Trailhead exhibit is anticipated to open in 2026 as the final, capital anchor of our Forests for All campaign. Through this new exhibit experience, we will reimagine what a zoo can be, explore the ways in which we build powerful, emotional connections with animals, and unite local and global communities to protect, restore and sustain forests for the benefit of animals and people.

RSVP by Thursday, April 20, 2023

Thank you for being part of our zoo community. If you would like to support the Forests for All campaign today, gifts of any size make a difference.

Please donate today

Please contact Rebecca Pehle at (206) 548-2502 or with any questions.


Thank you for your interest in attending the Forest Trailhead Groundbreaking! This event is currently at capacity. Please contact Rebecca Pehle at for waitlist information.

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.

Humane Certification
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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