Fall to-do in the Zoo!
There’s a light breeze in the air, the kids are back in school, and before you know it, it’ll be time to carve pumpkins and enjoy the crunch of crispy leaves under our shoes! Did you know that even after the summer fun ends, we still have plenty of fall activities that are included with Zoo admission?
I personally love these programs and opportunities because it means we can provide something different each time you visit at no additional cost, and the messaging is designed to expand upon what you’re already learning during your Zoo visit! For some, the themes change so you can learn something new upon multiple visits.
Check out the list below! (Effective as of 9/4/2018)
STEM Sundays – Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the elephant habitat
New for 2018! Drop by and participate in a hands-on STEM challenge focused on exhibit design. Brainstorm ideas with your family and create a solution to your challenge together! Recommended for families with children 5+ through teens.
Vet Academy – Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the El Mono Cabin at Base Camp Discovery
New for 2018! Do you like to solve puzzles? Since animals can’t talk to us, veterinarians must figure out what’s going on with their patients through problem-solving, observational skills and application of knowledge. Join us for interactive educational activities to learn more about what Zoo vets do! Recommended for families with children 5+ through teens.
Conservation Workshops – Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Grand Patio
New for 2018! Come learn, engage, and even create a conservation action tool to help you become a species saver! From canvas bags to luggage tags to native seed balls, we provide the materials for you to create something to take home that will allow you to participate in conservation action. Each month has a new theme and activity. Recommended for families with children 10+, teens, adults.
Wild Women – Mondays at 11 a.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. at Amy’s Tree Theater
Are you interested in science? STEM careers? Women’s history? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you! During our Wild Women presentation, a Zoo educator will tell the story of a woman who has made amazing contributions to a scientific field and will lead the group through a related activity. Recommended for families with children 8 and up through teens, but this interesting and engaging program welcomes all ages!
Quarters for Conservation Education Activity – Staff present at station on Sundays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to Noon in Flamingo Plaza
Meet an Exhibit Interpreter in Flamingo Plaza at the Quarters for Conservation kiosk to learn more about the Quarters for Conservation projects Zoo Atlanta is supporting, vote for your favorite at the kiosk, and learn facts about the three species represented in this year’s program: drills, African lions and fossa! Exhibit Interpreters often have skulls, fur, footprints, or other artifacts for you to see. Recommended for adults, teens and children.
Groove Like An Animal – Sundays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in Panda Veranda
We hope you’ve got your dancing shoes on! Move and groove to the music with animal movements and poses while learning cool facts about animal locomotion. Recommended for children 3+.
Forage Like a Kori – Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the kori bustard habitat
Check out the world’s heaviest birds capable of flight, ask a bird care expert your questions, and practice your own foraging skills in a themed sensory bin with one of our Exhibit Interpreter Education staff. You may even touch kori bustard feathers or get a chance to examine their pointed beaks on a skull replica up-close! Recommended for adults, teens and families with children 3+.
Zoo’s Clues – Self-guided every day that the Zoo is open; staff or Volunteers present to assist on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Strange things are afoot at Zoo Atlanta! Follow the clues around the Zoo and solve a mystery about wildlife. There’s a new mystery every month. You can print your own clue sheet at the link above, or stop by Detective Headquarters to pick one up from the mailbox. Recommended for families with children 6 – 12 years of age.
Wonders of Wildlife – Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. at Amy’s Tree Theater
Zoo Atlanta’s Ambassador Animals Team provide an interactive animal experience highlighting the adaptations and behaviors of a variety of animal ambassadors, including mammals, reptiles and more.
Fantastic Flights – Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the World of Wild Theater presented by Georgia Natural Gas
Don’t miss an interactive wildlife presentation featuring soaring free flights and the amazing natural behaviors of raptors, owls, parrots and many more.
Keeper Talks – Varies! Check zooatlanta.org or the back of your daily Zoo map for times and locations.
Keeper Talks are free educational conversations between animal experts and our guests. Visitors can enjoy learning about animals from around the world. Many of these include an opportunity to watch the animals during their feeding times.