Earth Day is Saturday, April 30. What will you do to celebrate? The Utica Zoo has teamed up with Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, and you're invited to the party. 

Celebrate Earth Day at the Utica Zoo Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm. Gates open at 10 am.

Parents, plant a tree with the kids.The first 50 families receive a free pine sapling. Smokey the Bear will be on hand, as well as animal meet and greets. Enjoy children's activities and games

  • Free paper shredding by Empire Recycling from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring your old files.
  • Central New York Conservancy will be planting trees at the Zoo to commemorate Arbor Day.
  • Folk singer/songwriter Peggy Lynn will be performing her interactive bio-songs at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Test your recycling knowledge at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority recycling relay.
  • Voss’ food and drink stand will be open from 11 am to 4:30 pm serving hotdogs, hamburgers, and all the local favorites! (Cash only. ATM on site)
  • Earth Day Booths: 4-H, Adirondack Museum, Bardwell Farms, Candy Jar Confections, CNY Conservancy, Huckleberry Hill Soap Co., Mr. Nutty,
  • Regular zoo admission applies. Free for Utica Zoo members.
  • If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor at Earth Day, please email

Become a member of The Utica Zoo:

Becoming a member at the Utica Zoo is easy and beneficial!  Members visit more frequently and attend more zoo events. Increased membership numbers help with applying for grants. Grant money and donations help pay for upgrades at the Utica Zoo. Upgrades will eventually lead to AZA accreditation. Becoming a member of the Utica Zoo translates to upgrades, new animals, more educational experiences, and helps us in the conservation of endangered species. You also get to participate in special events like this.

Utica Zoo Memberships include the following:

  • Unlimited FREE admission to the cardholder for one year
  • 10% discount in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop
  • Free or reduced admission to zoos & aquariums across the USA and Canada. 2015
  • Reciprocal List
  • Birthday Party, Education program, and class discounts
  • Free or reduced admission to select premier events
  • Access to Voss’ at the Zoo spring to fall

Utica Zoo reciprocates with over 175 other zoos across the USA and Canada. This agreement allows the members of reciprocal zoos to receive free admission to the Utica Zoo.

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