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Home School Programs

All programs are 45 minutes long, held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am and the third Thursday at 3 pm. Workshops are $6 a child. Call 410-546-3440 to register.
Date
Time
Topic
March 3
10:00 - 11:00
Backyard Bird Feet
March 17
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Backyard Bird Feet
April 7
10:00 - 11:00 am
Earth Day Every Day!
April 21
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Earth Day Every Day!
May 5
10:00-11:00 am
What's in your Backyard? Mosquitoes!
May 19
3:00-4:00 pm
What's in Your Backyard? Mosquitoes!

 

The "Bury Bear Project"

What is the 'bury Bear Project?

 
Andean bears are normally found only in South America but they have been a part of the Salisbury Zoo since 1974. In that time the Salisbury Zoo has seen some notable achievements. The Salisbury Zoo was home to “Poopsie” who, at the time of her death in 2013, was the oldest known Andean bear ever. During the 1980’s the Zoo produced several cubs that found homes in other zoos around the world. During that time tens of thousands of visitors and Salisbury area residents were able to see and
enjoy these unique bears.

Regrettably, the world’s population of Andean bears has steadily declined. At this time, there are fewer than 20,000 bears left in the wild and that number is projected to decrease by 30% over the next several years. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Through the AZA the Zoo is one of 25 zoos that collaboratively manage a captive population of 46 bears through the Species Survival Program. During this past year the Salisbury Zoo was home to one of three of cubs successfully produced within this program.

As Salisbury’s bear cub grows up visitors have a unique opportunity to observe a rare and vulnerable species. The Salisbury Zoo also has the opportunity to recognize that its past successes create a special opportunity to fill a unique need. Through the ‘bury Bear Project, the Zoo hopes to create a sustainable commitment to Andean bears and, more specifically, to making Andean bears a prominent and permanent feature of our Zoo. With the world’s population of these animals in continuing decline, it is imperative that we are able to be a productive participant in on-going collaborative captive management. The ‘bury Bear Project is an initiative to develop specific resources to support the Salisbury Zoo’s Andean Bear program. This will enable the Zoo to collaborate with other zoos in the successful captive management of an Andean bear population to sustain our capacity to present this unique animal to our community.
 

How you can help! By joining or renewing your membership with the Salisbury Zoo you can opt. to donate extra that will go to this initiative. Click HERE for brochure and form.

Alba's 1 year B-Day Party

January 23 1pm-3pm
Join us for a 1 year birthday celebration for Alba, our baby Andean bear born on January 23rd 2015. We will celebrate with cake for all by Cakes by David! There will be bear enrichment, bear discovery stations and random give-aways! Alba calendars will be on sale, proceeds benefit the 'bury Bear Project. Thank you Peppermint Narwhal Creative for the great Alba 1st Birthday logo!

Docent Open House & Docent Training

February 21st 2pm-4pm
Want to learn more about what its like to be a volunteer at the Zoo? Come to our docent open house which will be held in the ESBA Education Building. For more information call 410-546-3440.
 
Docent Training is every Wednesday in March, March 2 thru March 30   6pm-8pm in the ESBA Education Building.

Earth Day

April 16th 2016 10am-4pm

Come and celebrate mother earth on Saturday April 16, 10am-4pm. There will be environmental activities, games and demonstrations that will help raise awareness about the world we live in. Over 20 earth friendly exhibitors will be at the Zoo to educate how you can become an environmental steward. The event is free to the public. Some of the activities involve a small fee. The Zoo's concession will be open for lunch and snacks. Call 410-548-3188 for more information.

Zoo Stampede

April 16th 2016 9am

The Salisbury Zoo will host its Annual Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 16th at 9am, rain or shine just before our Earth Day celebration. Sponsored by Vernon Powell Shoes, the Zoo Stampede benefits the Salisbury Zoo and guarantees fun for the whole family! There will be random drawings with awesome giveaways and prizes to the top finishers in every age category. Participants can pre-register for $20 at VP Shoes or at the Salisbury Zoo. Printable form available here. Participants may also register on the day of the race for $25 between 7:30am and 8:30am at the Zoo's Main entrance. Free customized Tech Shirts will be given to the first 150 applicants, so register today! CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM. For more information, call Mary Seemann at (410)860-6880.

Bunk with the Beasts

May 6th (Fri. nite - Sat. morning) 6pm-7pm
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.
 
The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $20 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

Zoobilation

May 21 5pm-10pm

HOLD THE DATE! This is the Best Party ever! Join the Salisbury Zoo at Zoobilation. This event features over 15 local restaurants! Music by "On The Edge"!

4th Friday

May 27 4:30pm-7:30pm

Bunk with the Beasts

June 17 6pm-9am
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.
 
The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $20 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

4th Friday

June 24 4:30-7:30pm

4th Friday

July 22 4:30-7:30pm

4th Friday

August 26 4:30-7:30pm

Bunk with the Beasts

September 23 6pm-9am
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.
 
The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $20 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

Halloween Happening

October 15 and October 22, 2016 @ 1pm-4pm
This Halloween event is geared for children 10 and under who may not want the
scary parts of a Halloween event, however all ages are welcome. Children will Trick or Treat throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, a hay bale maze and have the opportunity to compete in a costume contest!
There will be additional charge for food and some games. Remember to bring your candy buckets. For more information call 410-546-3440. Tickets will go on sale September 20 in the Ocelot Spot Gift Shop between 10am and 3:30pm or can be purchased at the gate on the date of the event.
 

Schedule of Events

1:00 Gates open for trick-or-treaters

1:00-4:00 candy trail, hay maze and games are ongoing

                2:00 Costume contest ages birth -2

                2:30 Costume contest ages 3-5

                3:00 Costume contest ages 6-10

3:30 Ticket sales end

4:00 Gates close

Event Volunteers!
Want to assist with the event?  Click HERE for options
 

The zoo will close at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 15 and October 22 for final prep on Not So Scary Halloween Happening.

Critter Christmas

December 10th & 17th 1pm-4pm

Enjoy a day full of fun filled holiday activities; decorate your own ginger bread cookie, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make presents for your backyard friends, peruse the craft fair and make your own tree ornament. Come and enjoy the Zoo as usual, some of the activities will involve a small fee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo's Education Department. Call 410-548-3188 for more info.