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Story Time

Story time will be the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in April, May, June, July, August and September at 10:00 AM.

We will be outside around the stage, distanced from each other and the number limited to 15 families.  Spots will be marked on the lawn in front of the stage to assist with required social distancing.  Families please bring a blanket or folding chairs to enjoy the program.  This is a free program and will be first come, first serve. Programming will be focused to ages 2 to 5.  Topics can be found on the calendar.

The format will include songs, facts about the animal of the day, and a story.  Children will be provided a themed craft to take home.
This program is weather permitting and there will not be rain dates. 

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Name the Baby Bears

https://www.givesignup.org/TicketEvent/NametheBabyBearsContest/Page/Info

If you haven’t already heard, the Salisbury Zoo’s Andean Bears, Chaska and Pinnochio, gave birth to two baby boys on January 16! Now that the world has met the little ones, we need your help in picking the perfect names for them.

In keeping with the naming tradition of our bears, our Zoo keepers picked four names from the Quechua language as options for the bear cubs. The Quechua language is used throughout the central Andes Mountains, including Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, and Chile. The name of their mother, Chaska, means “bright star,” and their brother’s, Sinchi, means “strong.”

The two names with the most votes will become the names of our new babies! You can vote for your favorite names by clicking the VOTE button. Each vote is a $5 donation to the Salisbury Zoo and is tax deductible. The proceeds of the vote go to help fund the Salisbury Zoo’s Andean bear program.

You can vote as many times as you wish. The names will be revealed on April 23rd, 2022!

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Zoo Stampede – Onsite and Virtual – Link to signup coming!

April 23rd 9am

The Salisbury Zoo will host its Annual Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 23rd 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 are two options this year Onsite and Virtual. Onsite participants will be able to participate in random drawings with awesome giveaways with awards and prizes to the top finishers in every age category. Participants can pre-register for $25 online Click here or visit Vernon Powell Shoes  Participants may also register on the day of the race for $30 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! Virtual participants will not be able to participate in race awards and random prizes. Virtual participants will receive a race shirt and can register for $20 at Vernon Powell Shoes or online Click here  For more information, call Mary Seemann at 443-944.0357

To Register by Mail Click here to Download ad paper registration form.    RACE RESULTS Zoo-Stampede-2022-Results

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Earth Day

April 23rd 10am-4pm

This year we are celebrating our pollinators! We will unveil the Zoo’s new observation beehive in our Red Wolf building. Our Earth Day Celebration is a FREE event open to everyone, and fun for the whole family! This celebration aims to promote a reverence for wildlife while also raising awareness for our environment.

There is excitement for every age: Zookeeper talks and demonstrations, games, environmental activities, face-painting, great food and over 20 Earth-friendly exhibitors featuring: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Ward Museum, Delmarva Discovery Center, and the National Aquarium, just to name a few! Come celebrate and commemorate Mother Earth with your community at the Salisbury Zoo.

Want to be an Earth Day Sponsor? Click HERE Earth Day Sponsor WEbsite Form 2022 to learn more about how to be apart of Earth Day.

Want to sell your handmade crafts at the event?  Click here to download the vendor form.

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Sensory Friendly Earth Day

May 11th  4:30pm to 6:30pm

Our Sensory Friendly Earth Day  is a FREE event and fun for the whole family! This celebration aims to promote a reverence for wildlife while also raising awareness for our environment. Earth friendly activities will be located throughout the Zoo.

Registration Required: 443-944-0636

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Wild About Reading

May 12th  5:00pm to 7:00pm

Salisbury Zoo and Eastern Shore Literacy Association have partnered with a variety of community organizations to offer a FREE, fun night at the Zoo. From 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm children will learn about zoo animals through a variety of literacy activities.  Our numerous partners will provide information on the various services they can provide the public and provide lots of fun activities for the family to do.Bw Wild About Reading

*Activities will be offered for preschool (3-4 year olds), primary students (K-2nd), & intermediate students (3rd-5th).

*This is a great way to Avoid the Summer Reading Setback and get information on Summer Reading programs from local libraries.

*Learn about lots of great opportunities to explore literature through local community groups.

*Have the opportunity to connect with organizations that love reading and want to assist with providing educational opportunities for children.

*Have the opportunity to purchase dinner and dessert on site.

*All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration REQUIRED Sign up HERE!

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Salisbury University Metal Menagerie at the Zoo

Opening May 12th

Sculpture  from students, staff and faculty from the Salisbury University Art Department will be on display throughout the grounds of the Salisbury Zoo as part of the 3rd  Metal Menagerie starting May 12. All work was cast in the new foundry in the 3D Arts Center at SU during the Spring semester.

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Bunk with the Beasts

June 10th 6pm-9am

You don’t have to travel across the world to take your family on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with the Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes dinner, 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, first come first serve. The camp-out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older.

The cost is $35 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 443-944-0636 for reservations.

Pollinator Day 2019

Pollinator Day

June 25   10am-1pm

Come join the Salisbury Zoo and Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association celebrate Pollinator week on Saturday, June 22, 9am to 1pm at the Salisbury Zoo! Local Beekeepers and Master Gardener’s will on hand with information about beekeeping and about pollinators.  Children and adults can make their very own pollinator seed bombs as well as other arts and craft activities! FREE

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Junior Zookeeper Camp

For campers entering 6th to 8th grades

August 1st thru August 5th   10am-1pm

Who wants to be a zookeeper? Go behind-the-scenes to learn what working in a zoo is all about. Daily assist keepers in exhibits, find out what enrichment is  and how it’s used.  Learn some of the conservation projects the zoo focuses on, and discover how exhibits are designed and built for specific animals. $5 per camper fee will be put directly to the Association of Zookeeper’s conservation project of the class’s choice! Drop off at 8:00 am, curriculum focus 9:00-2:00pm, after care available until 4:00pm.  Zoo Camp has limited openings and will be first come, first served until all places are filled.

$135 FOSZ members, $175 non-members

Complete the REGISTRATION FORM and someone from our education department will contact applicants on availability and to collect payment.  For additional questions, contact the Education Department at 443-944-0636.

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Bunk with the Beasts

September 9th 6pm-9am

You don’t have to travel across the world to take your family on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with the Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes dinner, 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, first come first serve. The camp-out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older.

The cost is $35 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 443-944-0636 for reservations.

Spooktacular – Sensory Friendly

October 8, 2020 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Enjoy this very special, not scary Halloween event that is sensory friendly.
The event provides Halloween themed games, Education Ambassador Animals, and of course trick-or-treating around the zoo. We encourage the whole family to participate (adults can dress up too).
Games: 3:30pm – 4:30 pm
Trick-or-Treat trail 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Spooktacular Halloween will have limited numbers in attendance so please preregister at: Link to come

Tickets: $8 per child with one free adult ticket per child and 8 games tickets. $2 for each additional adult. Additional game tickets are available for purchase.
(If siblings would like to attend, but not participate, they do not have to purchase a ticket.)

Sponsored by the Psychology Department at SU and Salisbury Zoo.
For more information call 443-944-0636.

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Not so Scary Halloween Happening

October 15th & 22nd, 2020     1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Halloween Happening at the Salisbury Zoo is the best Halloween event on the Eastern Shore. Sponsored by Gateway Subaru, and produced by the Salisbury Zoo. The event provides Halloween themed activities for children 10 and under who may not want to participate in the scarier parts of a Halloween event. The event runs on Saturday, October 19th and Saturday, October 26th from 1pm-4pm. Children will be able to” Trick or Treat” throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, be educated about animals, and the whole family can compete in a costume contest! Visit with D’ann Danse’s princesses and participate in a fun Halloween themed maze. Advance tickets are $8 per child with one free adult ticket per child. At the gate tickets are $8 per child and $2 for each adult. For more information call 443-944-0636.

Schedule:
1:00 – 4:00pm             Trick or Treating (Candy Trail)

1:00 – 4:00pm             Halloween Happening Maze (Candy Trail)

1:00 – 4:00pm             Dance performances and Princesses by D’ann Danse (Candy Trail)
2:30pm                          Halloween Costume Runway, Family Costume Contest (Zoo stage)

Zoo Closed Thanksgiving Day

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Rockin’ Around the Zoo

December 3rd  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm  & December 10th 4:30pm-6:00pm

Come to the Zoo for an evening pajama party to put you in the holiday spirit. The night will begin in the Education Center for a reading of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and to meet some of the characters from the book.  Hot chocolate will be offered to keep you warm before we head out into the zoo for an evening stroll, singing Christmas Carols along the way.  Please bundle up and bring a flashlight.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo’s Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more information.

$8 per child and $2 per adult (additional sibling $6)

Rockin’ Around the Zoo – Sensory Friendly

December 4th  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Come to the Zoo for an evening pajama party to put you in the holiday spirit. This event is specifically for children and families requiring certain sensory accommodations.  The night will begin in the Education Center for a reading of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and to meet some of the characters from the book.  Hot chocolate will be offered to keep you warm before we head out into the zoo for an evening stroll.  Christmas Carols will be sung at the end of the program with the option to leave prior.  Please bundle up and bring a flashlight.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo’s Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more information.

$8 per child and $2 per adult (additional sibling $6)

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Cookies with Santa

December 11th  Three Sessions  

10:00am – 11:30am, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  &  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Visit with Santa, consume yummy cookies and drinks, and listen to a holiday story.  At our Cookies with Santa event every child will be able to make a commemorative holiday craft and have time to chat with Santa. Call 443-944-0636 for more information.

$15 per child with 1 adult and $2 per additional adult.

Zoo Membership Special: $10 per child with 1 adult and $1 per additional adult.

Zoo Closed Christmas Day

December 25th

The Zoo will re-open December 26th