Designed especially for seniors, this program gets you moving! 



Come Join Us!

We're thrilled to announce the reopening of Senior Zoo Walkers, a self-guided social walking program at the zoo to promote fitness and well-being among adults ages 55 and up. The program allows participants to spend time socializing with peers in a beautiful natural setting while learning more about wildlife and the natural world and engaging in a healthy activity.


Program Details

  • This self-guided walking program is currently offered from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participants meet at the zoo's West Entrance, which is located along Phinney Ave N, convenient to multiple zoo parking lots and the Metro bus stop for route #5. 

  • The program cost is $50 per quarter, or $35 for Woodland Park Zoo members, which includes a parking permit that allows limited free parking in the Zoo's Flamingo lot during the program time only. Members: our registration system handles member discounts as scholarships. The initial registration page will state the fee as $50. During the registration process, you will request a scholarship. Enter $15 as your scholarship amount, and you're all set! 

  • We never want program fees to be a barrier for participation! A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to participants with financial need. You'll request a scholarship of any amount during the online registration process. 

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


Why Senior Zoo Walkers?

It's been a long year for so many, with the pandemic resulting in significant social isolation. Walking is an open-air activity that can easily incorporate talking and laughing with friends, and Senior Zoo Walkers helps provide a regular time, place, and social group. 

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.





Please register online by clicking on the green registration button above. When you fill out the online registration form, you can choose to pay by credit card at that time, or to bring a check with you on your first walk.

If you need help with registration, please email

Frequently Asked Questions


Is a parking pass still included?

Yes. The pass will allow you to park in the Flamingo Lot, near the West Gate, for the duration of your walks. We will send a print-at-home pass to registered Senior Zoo Walkers. If you don't have access to a printer, there will be printed copies available at check-in on your first walk date.

If I don't need a parking pass, is the program free for members?

The program is no longer free, but zoo members are eligible to request a $15 discount each quarter.

Why is Senior Zoo Walkers so expensive now?

The funding structure of this program has changed, so the cost to participants reflects the full cost of operating the program. However, we never want pricing to be a barrier at the zoo. If the current price is not affordable for you, please request a scholarship.

How do I request a scholarship or membership discount?

For either option, select "I would like to apply for a scholarship" during the registration process. If requesting a membership discount, type your membership number into the text box. If requesting a scholarship, follow the prompts. To check out without paying full price, select "pay minimum fee" at checkout, which is $0.00. Your account will show a $50 balance until zoo staff can confirm your membership is current, or determine the level of scholarship funds still available.

Will Senior Zoo Walker socials be back?

They will, but not immediately. Which of the various state health guidelines apply to SZW socials is unclear, because they aren't distinctly one type of event--they aren't a restaurant, nor a theatrical performance, and they're definitely not a wedding! So, we must err on the side of caution. When it is clearly both safe and allowed by the department of health, we will enthusiastically bring back the quarterly breakfast socials!

Can I register a friend or spouse?

In our new program registration system, each registration is processed individually. If you're the tech whiz in your household or group of friends, you can certainly help them register, but you'll need to create a separate account for each person.

Do I have a login?

Nope, this registration system is different from our membership portal, so you'll need to create a new account.

Can someone help me with an accessibility need?

Yes! Please email us at to arrange assistance.

What are you doing about COVID safety?

When you check in for your walk, you will be required to answer a very brief COVID screening questionnaire. For further, up-to-the-minute information on what safety restrictions are in place for guests on zoo grounds, click here. Safety policies will change as the pandemic evolves, so it's a good idea to check the zoo's website before your walk each week--at least until the pandemic is completely behind us!


If you have any other questions, please contact us at


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