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Events

Home School Workshops

Due to the situation of gathering limitations while still dealing with COVID, this event is on hold for this year. We hope to be able to have life back to normal soon and will post updates for this year’s event as they come available.

Become a Docent at the Salisbury Zoo!

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Then become a Docent! Zoo volunteers have an interest in wild animals, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. No experience is necessary-we will teach you everything you need to know.

What do Zoo Volunteers do?
Volunteers help with education programs such as guided tours, live animal presentations, and school programs. Volunteers serve as on-site experts for our guests. They share their knowledge of animals, nature, and conservation with visitors. Volunteers help out with the Zoo’s special events, such as the Not so Scary Halloween Happening, Earth Day and Critter Christmas. They have the opportunity to help with the care and handling of the Education Program Animal Collection. These animals are used in education programs at the Zoo, in schools, and at community events. Volunteers must complete a pre-requisite number of hours and attend extra training to be involved. Call 443-944-0636 for more information and to register for the training.

Docent Open House

August 22 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Stop by the Education Center to find out first hand what a docent is and what they do at the zoo.  You can register for training while on site, or take a brochure and fill it out at home.

Docent Training

August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 25    6:00PM – 8:00PM

Through docent training, earn all about our Ambassadors and the zoo in general.  Become a Zoo Docent with our education department and volunteer long term at the Zoo.  Get all the details of what’s expected and included on our Volunteer page.  You can find the registration form for Docent training via the brochure. Call 443-944-0636 for more information.

Story Time – IS BACK!

Story time will be the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in 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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Salisbury University Metal Menagerie at the Zoo

May 18 to June 4

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 2nd  Metal Menagerie from May 18-June 4th. 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 – TBD

Due to the situation of gathering limitations while still dealing with COVID, these events are on hold for this year. We hope to be able to have life back to normal soon and will post updates for this year’s event as they come available.

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Junior Zookeeper Camp 2021

For campers entering 6th to 8th grades

July 26 to July 30

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 9:00-3:00 pm, pick up by 5:00 pm.  Zoo Camp has limited openings and will be first come, first served until all places are filled.

$135 FOSZ members, $150 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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Fun Friday

August 27th 4:30pm-7:30pm

Join the Salisbury Zoo at Fun Friday on August 26th, 4:30pm-7:30pm. FREE ADMISSION. Music, Great Food, Craft Beer and activities for the kids. Must be 21 and older to purchase alcohol.

Music by Dark Gold Jazz

Admission to the event is free. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Spooktacular Halloween

October 9th 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Spooktacular Halloween is designated for families with members that need a sensory friendly option.

Enjoy this very special, not scary Halloween event designated specifically for families with members that need a sensory friendly option.

The first half hour will be designated for those that want to participate in Halloween themed games, then families will be able to Trick or Treat on the Candy Trail around the Zoo.

We encourage everyone that would like to dress up, to join in. The whole family can get into the spirit of Halloween and dress up as a themed group!

Although everyone is welcome to dress up, but we do ask that the costumes be scare-free and kid friendly.

Zoo Members and Sponsors Picnic

October 10  4:30pm-6:30pm

This picnic is for Zoo members, Docents and Sponsors. An E-vite will be emailed.

Not so Scary Halloween Happening

October 16 and October 23     1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Gateway Clear

This event is designed for children 10 and under who may not want the scary parts of a Halloween event.

Children will Trick or Treat on the Candy Trail around the Zoo and be able to participate in Halloween games.

We have a family costume contest! We encourage the whole family to get into the spirit of Halloween, dress up as a themed group and enter the contest.

Although everyone is welcome to dress up, but we do ask that the costumes be scare-free and kid friendly.

To Purchase Tickets Go To: https://www.givesignup.org/TicketEvent/HalloweenHappening

Volunteers are needed for this event.  Volunteer-information-Form 2021

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FREE:
*trick-or-treat trail
*costume contest
PAID ITEMS: ranging from 50¢ to $2.00
*additional games
*face painting
*concessions including baked goods.

Zoo Closed Thanksgiving Day

Zoo Rockin’ Around the Zoo

December 4th  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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 5th  4:00 pm – 5:30 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)

Critter Christmas

December11     12:00pm-4:00pm

Event Information: Santa needs your help! Because there are so many people on the nice list this year, Santa has decided to set up a workshop right here at the Salisbury Zoo! At this workshop you will be helping Santa create over a dozen different craft projects to serve as gifts, or decorate your home and spread Christmas cheer. Some of the craft projects are free and some require a small fee. Word is that Santa will be stopping by to see how operations are going. Children will be able to visit with Santa Claus during the event. Don’t miss this fun filled opportunity for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit and to create special memories. There will be a craft fair held in conjunction with the workshop. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo’s Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more information.

Workshop Craft Passport:  $10 (access to all craft tables)
Individual crafts can be purchased (cost range from $.50 to $2.00)
Zoo Membership Special:  $8

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS: If you are a crafter and have goodies to sell, consider participating on our event!

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Cookies with Santa

December 18th  Two Sessions  

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  &  2:00 pm – 4:00 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.

$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