Wild Weekends are back at the Utica Zoo this year, starting Oct. 18 and running through March.

From habitats to adaptations, every weekend, Utica Zoo visitors can learn about something new, and meet different ambassador animals.

Walk-ins are welcome every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. The program is free with admission and open to all ages. Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Go online to UticaZoo.org/prepare for more information.

Oct. 18 – Nocturnal Critters

From owls to bats, there are many animals that are active at night. But, have you ever wondered why some animals stay up all night? Join the Utica Zoo to learn all about nocturnal adaptations and craft a critter to take home.

Oct. 25 – Happy Harvest!

Autumn is a time for a lot of delicious foods, but did you know that animals play an important part in farming? Meet an animal who calls the farm home and learn more about how animals help plants disperse seeds and grow.

Nov. 1 – Rainforest Ramble

The rainforest is home to a variety of colorful creatures. Meet a rainforest animal and go on a color walk around the zoo.

Nov. 8 – Wild Wetlands

Wetlands are a super important habitat for animals and people too. They help to clean the air and water, and provide shelter and food to many animals, including turtles. Stop by for an encounter with one of the zoo’s turtles and help make a special treat for the White Naped Cranes.

Nov. 15 – Down in the Desert

Did you know that although deserts are quite warm during the day, they can get very cold at night?

In order to live in this habitat, animals have to have amazing adaptations to survive. Learn all about what it takes to live in the desert and make a sandy lizard craft to take home.

Nov. 22 – In Your Backyard

As the weather gets colder and the snow starts to fall, animals all around are getting ready for winter. Join the zoo crew as everyone discovers the different ways that New York animals prepare for and survive during the cold winter months.

Nov. 29 – Grasslands

Grasslands can be found on almost every continent in the world and go by many names. Learn about the many different animals that call grasslands home and craft a critter to take home.

Dec. 6 – Care of Exotic Animals

Looking to add a new fuzzy or scaly critter to your family this holiday season? Learn all about how the zoo cares for its ambassador animals and a couple of tips about caring for your critters at home.

Dec. 13 – Go Green for the Holidays!

The zoo will share tips and tricks for eco-friendly decorating, wrapping, and gift making. Make a recycled decoration to take home and learn about how everyone can help animals and the environment this season.

Dec. 20 – Holiday Cards for Critters!

The zoo crew loves to make special treats for critters for the holidays. Stop by to make a holiday card for one of your favorite animals at the zoo or drop off a gift from the zoo wish list.

For more information on zoo events, call 315-738-0472, or go online to UticaZoo.org.

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