Designed especially for seniors, this program gets you out onto zoo grounds and moving! Offered in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Seattle Parks & Recreation's Sound Steps.


At this time Woodland Park Zoo is temporarily closed to the public. Registration for Senior Zoo Walkers is currently closed. The Senior Zoo Walker program will continue once the zoo is open and it is safe to resume programs.

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Program Details

  • This self-guided walking program is offered from 9:30-10:45 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Participants meet at the zoo's South Entrance, which is located in the Hippo Lot at the intersection of N 50th St and Fremont Ave N. Optional guided warm-up stretches take place at 9:15 a.m.

  • The program cost is $20 per quarter which includes a parking permit that allows limited free parking in zoo lots during the program time only. 

  • Woodland Park Zoo members may register for the program at not cost, unless they wish to purchase the parking permit for $20 per quarter. At this time, zoo members must register by completing a paper registration form. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • The program includes quarterly social events hosted by the zoo and featuring presentations by professional experts on health and fitness, conservation and wildlife and other zoo topics. 2019 social dates are January 8, March 14, June 11 and September 12.

  • The main loop around the zoo is approximately 0.80 miles around.

Why Walk?

Walking is a safe form of exercise that can help improve physical stamina and energy, strengthen bones and muscles, improves circulation, balance and flexibility, relieves stress and burns calories. 

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

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



Please register online by clicking on the green registration button above. If you are a current zoo member or prefer to register by mail or fax, please click here to download the paper registration form.

In-person registration is available by submitting your completed registration form with payment in a secure payment drop box in the zoo's Education Center. Staff will be available to assist with registration renewals during quarterly Senior Zoo Walker Social events.


2020 Senior Zoo Walker Socials

  • Tuesday, January 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 12,  10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


For registration questions, please contact the zoo's registration office at 206.548.2424 ext 4 or

To contact Kaiser Permanente, please call 206.326.2800 or 1.800.992.2279 or email

To contact Seattle Parks & Recreation's Sound Steps Program, please call 206.684.4664 or email

Additional information on walking programs may be found at Seattle Parks & Recreation's Sound Steps

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