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Story Time and Nature Play

Spring and Summer

Story times are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in April through August. See the full story time schedule here.

Metal Menagerie

May 12-Aug. 18

Visit cast and fabricated metal sculpture built by Salisbury University students, faculty and staff at the Salisbury Zoo. Most work is available for sale; 30% of the purchase price will go to the Zoo. See the list of works and purchase prices here. If interested in purchasing, email vjunkin@salisbury.md.

Metal Menagerie 2023

Preston Automotive Group Amphibian Day

New date: Sunday, May 28, 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate Preston Automotive Group Amphibian Day on Sunday, May 28, from 1-4 p.m., with education talks, games, a craft and more. Sponsored by Preston Automotive Group.

Alessi Mengason Picnic

Saturday, June 3, 4-6:30 p.m.

Members and sponsors will be invited to a private picnic. For more information, please email us.

Bunk with the Beasts

Friday, June 9, at 6 p.m. through Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m.

Join us for our summer campout. Registration is required for this event and is $35 per person. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags; tents are available to rent for $25, first-come, first-served. Enjoy dinner, a guided tour, activities, animal encounters, a night hike through the Zoo and breakfast.

Spots are very limited, so if you’d like to take part, email salisburyzooed@gmail.com with the subject “Bunk With the Beasts” to book your reservation. Education staff will reach out for payment if you reserve your spot in time.

Zoo Heads to Brew

Thursday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. at Brew River

Head to the Brew River Dock Bar, located at 502 W. Main St. in Salisbury, on Thursday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. to support the Salisbury Zoo! We’ll have charity guest bartenders there from the Zoo. During this fundraiser, 20% of sales from the Dock Bar will go to the Salisbury Zoo Commission.

Pollinator Day

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Local beekeepers and master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about bees and other pollinators. Learn about herbs with the Thyme Keepers in the Zoo’s Herb Garden. Children will be able to participate in pollinator activities. All activities are free. More info to come.

Zoo Crew Training

June 19-June 23

Application details here!

Junior Zookeeper Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Who wants to be a zookeeper? Go behind the scenes to learn what working in a zoo is all about. Assist keepers in exhibits, and find out what enrichment is and how it is used. Learn about some of the conservation projects the Zoo focuses on, and discover how exhibits are designed and built for specific animals.

This camp runs from Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4, and it is for campers entering sixth through eighth grades. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Campers can be dropped off at 8 a.m. and after-care is offered from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $150 for Friends of the Salisbury Zoo members and $200 for nonmembers. There are limited openings, and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, email salisburyzooed@gmail.com.

Docent Open House

Sunday, Aug. 20, 1-3 p.m.

Have you considered becoming a volunteer for the zoo? Would you like to learn more information? Join us for our Docent (volunteer) Open House in the Education Center. For more information about our docent program, click here.

Docent Training

Every Tuesday, Sept. 5-26, from 6-8 p.m.

Our docents will receive all the training needed to be successful.

Bunk with the Beasts

Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.

Join us for our summer campout, which includes games, a night hike, roasting marshmallows and more. Registration is required for this event. More info to come.

Halloween Happening

*This event is a ticketed event*

Saturday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m.

Join us for our largest event of the year. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a candy trail, family costume contest, games and fun. To become a sponsor, email Vanessa Junkin.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 28

This 24-hour fundraiser is a great time to donate to the Salisbury Zoo. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Thanksgiving – Zoo Closed

The Salisbury Zoo will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will reopen Friday, Nov. 24, at 9 a.m.

Rockin’ Around the Zoo

Saturday, Dec. 2, 4:30-6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, 4:30-6 p.m.

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 a holiday 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. For more information, contact our Education Department.

Space is limited! Registration is REQUIRED.

$8 per child and $2 per adult

Cookies with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9: Three Sessions

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies, 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. For more information, contact our Education Department.

$15 per child with one adult and $2 per additional adult. Space is limited! Registration is REQUIRED.

Zoo Closed Christmas Day

Dec. 25

The Zoo will reopen Dec. 26.

Zoo Stampede 5K Walk/Run

Stay tuned for 2024 information!

Click here for 2023 Zoo Stampede results.