Urban Advantage Family Science Day at the Staten Island Zoo is a Zoo-wide event. Patrons will get the opportunity to partake in actual science investigations, play games, interact with actual scientists and vendors, and win animal-related prizes (while supplies last). Zoo admission is FREE for all those with an Urban Advantage Family Science Day Flyer. Those with a flyer will NOT need admission reservations. Flyers grant admission for 4 visitors over the age of 2 (those 2 and under are always free). Flyers will need to be shown, either physically or digitally, at our Clove Rd. admission gate in order to enter the Zoo.

Exclusive Urban Advantage FREE giveaway available to the first 300 Family Science Day flyer holders (1 per family). Giveaways will be distributed at our Family Science Day Information Table.

All event festivities will run from 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all Zoo visitors over the age the 12. Please read our Zoo guidelines on What-To-Expect when you visit the Zoo for more information on Zoo polices and procedures regarding COVID-19.

Looking to join in on Family Science Day activities but do not have an Urban Advantage Family Science Day Flyer? No problem! Reserve admission tickets for Sunday, October 10th and join us in our science fun!





Celebrate the planet’s biodiversity with us! Learn about endangered species from around the world and what you can do to help save and protect them. Keeper talks and contactless activities will be available. Free with Zoo admission.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, September 4th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to go on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook and a cup of coffee, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Cryptic Cratures 

MCreatures of the night are some of the most misunderstood organisms. Humans often regard them as dangerous, frightening, dirty pests, or vermin. So often though, it’s a misguided opinion. Many are harmless to humans, playing an important role in our ecosystem. 

Wildlife researchers, Pearl Cales and Daneille Fibikar, have taken a liking to these cryptic creatures; frogs and bats, to be exact. As the sun sets on St. John, United States Virgin Island, their nightly adventures begin.

Pearl surveys toad and frog populations island-wide, gathering long term information of all species. Bioacoustics software has also been implemented in the identification process. To date, seven species, four native and three invasive, have been accounted for on the island. Data collected is used to determine species abundance and preference of habitat within the island.

Danielle started sampling the bat community of St. John, USVI in January 2014. With the use of mist-nets, bats are captured to examine them closely. To date, all five known species found on the island have been accounted for. Data obtained continues to provide information on community structure and seasonal variation between species.

“The importance of field research not only helps us understand current problems, but also monitors and evaluates policies which can be put into place for conservation reasons. Both long term projects continue to overcome lack of data and open new frontiers of knowledge”.

Join us as we venture to the island of St. John, USVI, to catch up with Pearl and Danielle to get up close and virtual with these fantastic creatures of the night

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration.





Join the Staten Island Zoo, NYC Parks, and the Greenbelt Conservancy for our 3rd annual BioBlitz at Blue Heron Park. BioBlitz is a 24-hour survey of all living organisms in one region and attempts t0 measure local biodiversity. Biologists, naturalists and volunteers work together to identify as many species and they can in that 24-hour window. This Year, Staten Island BioBlitz is running Friday, August 13th through Saturday August, 14th.

To participate in Staten Island BioBlitz, and to learn more about endemic wildlife, register below for one of our public programs! You can additionally visit the Blue Heron Nature Center. All programs are FREE but are limited to 20 registrants per session.

Have questions? Please email education@statenislandzoo.org





Birds of a feather will flock together at our Raptor Day with Sky Kings Falconry. Our event is “free-for-owl” with admission to the zoo. Get a front row seat to our free-flight show and learn about birds of prey from around the world.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, August 15th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Humble honeybees, marvelous monarchs, and beautiful bats! Celebrate the pollinators that help produce 75% of the food we eat. See how many you can find around the Zoo and create a seed bomb to start your own pollinator garden for your home!

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, August 8th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Celebrate our amazing keeper staff with us! The life of a zookeeper is very rewarding and fun but a lot of hard work! Learn what it is like being a zookeeper and about the special relationships our staff builds with the animals they care for. Remember to thank a keeper when you see them! This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, July 18th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Come celebrate World Meerkat Day by meeting our resident mob of meerkats! They love to interact with guests at their exhibit window! Grab your family and friends, take part in fun and interactive activities and keeper talks, all geared towards learning about meerkats, their habitat, and their social structures! This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, July 3rd to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Ussuri, our youngest leopard, is all grown up! At 2 years old, he is finally ready for a mate of his own. As an ambassador for the Species Survival Plan (SSP), he has been matched with a female, and will soon be transferred to the Bramble Park Zoo, in South Dakota. Please join us this Friday, July 2nd, from 12:00PM to 3:00PM as we celebrate our time with Ussuri and wish him the best of luck on his next life chapter. Learn all about Amur leopards, and SSP, via keeper talks, crafts for families, and animal ambassador paintings made by the Zoo’s very own animals. All proceeds from the sale of our paintings will help support the WildCats Conservation Alliance, an organization that is dedicated to the conservation of wild Amur leopards, tigers, and their vulnerable habitats.

Note: Admission tickets can be purchased in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Friday, July 2nd to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed.





Celebrate World Ocean Day at the Staten Island Zoo on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Join the Zoo and millions of others around our blue planet as we honor our World Oceans.  Test your knowledge of the Ocean with games, trivia, scheduled tank dives, and more! Learn from local community organizations and clubs about the work they are doing to help conserve our Ocean and marine life. Learn what you can do to help! The Zoo will also be dedicating our Atlantic Coastal tank in honor of the Staten Island Tuna Club and will unveil new fish dioramas for photo ops!

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

Presented By The Staten Island Tuna Club

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, June 19th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Can you jump as far as a frog? Can you balance like a mountain goat? Can you forage as well as a raccoon? Compete and find out at our Zoo-rific Zoolympics!  Cool Zoo Summer Series, powered by ConEdison.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, June 5th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





The Staten Island Zoo has more than 70 endangered or threatened species, including Amur leopards, Aruba rattlesnakes, Panamanian golden frogs, and more! Visit us on Endangered Species Day to learn more about the importance of protecting endangered species and how to take everyday actions to help make sure they survive and thrive! Keeper talks will be scheduled throughout the day, along with contactless activities for all ages. This event is free with admission. Please remember to reserve your tickets online!

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, May 23rd to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to go on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook and a cup of coffee, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Love At First Leap: A Look Into The Species Survival Plan (SSP) Of Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Madagascar’s very own ring-tailed lemurs have all but vanished from many of the nation’s forests. It is believed that there are less than 2,500 left in the wild. Deforestation and increased human pressure place this species in a precarious situation. Zoos around the world have established an SSP program, otherwise known as a Species Survival Plan, for ring-tailed lemurs as well as many other animals that are endangered or even facing extinction. Join Africa zookeeper, Nicole Kovara, for a discussion of the work the Staten Island Zoo has done, and continues to do, to ensure the survival of these extraordinary creatures.

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration.





Looking for a one day Zoo adventure for your child?  Join us for a BONUS day of our popular Zoofari program! Enjoy games, tours, crafts, animal presentations, and more! Registration fills up fast! Reserve your spot today.

Humble honeybees, marvelous monarchs, and beautiful bats!  This “Zoofari Adventure Day” for grades PreK – 3rd grade we’ll celebrate the pollinators that help produce 75% of the food we eat.   Come with us on our pollinator safari to see how many we can find around the Zoo!

Enjoy games, tours, crafts, and animal presentations while learning how you can help preserve pollinators!

Available Grade Bands: Pre-K-Kindergarten,  1st-3rd Grade

See our policies regarding COVID-19 and guidelines for child safety!

Note: Zoofari Adventure day registration must be reserved in advance. Click on the corresponding registration date below to reserve your child(s) spot!  Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep your child safe during their experience.





Get ready to snake, rattle, and roll!  Learn all about the Zoo’s impressive reptile collection through hands on science activities focusing on wildlife conservation and animal adaptations.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, April 18th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Party for the Earth! Every day is Earth Day at the Staten Island Zoo, but on this very special day, we’ll be showcasing some of the steps you can take that will truly make a difference for animals across the globe! Contactless activities and a scavenger hunt will be available throughout the event. This event is free with admission, remember to reserve your tickets online!

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, April 10th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





It’s hard work running a farm, especially with all the animals that need attention….goats, donkeys, chickens, alpaca, geese, and more!  We’ll show you how it’s done.  Spring is sheep shearing time, removing the heavy winter coats from our flock.  Professional sheep shearers will demonstrate how the wool is expertly sheared! FREE with Zoo admission.

FREE Giveaway to the first 100 children under 14.

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Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, April 18th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to go on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Frogs, Community Science & Conservation 

Native frog and toad populations throughout the United States and the world have been in decline for the better half of the past fifty years. Scientific and conservation efforts are underway to assist in understanding this environmental phenomenon, and the human impacts related to amphibian decline.

During this virtual presentation, Naturalist and Greenbelt Environmental Educator Christopher Ricker will share his knowledge and historical records related to Staten Island’s frog and toad populations, and how the establishment of the public lands on Staten Island has assisted in providing one of the last stronghold’s for our local amphibian populations in New York City.

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration.





Did you know that birds and crocodiles are the closest living relatives to dinosaurs? Take a step back in time to learn about our animal’s prehistoric ancestors through keeper talks, games, and activities. You won’t want to miss this one! This event is FREE with admission, remember to reserve your tickets online!

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Saturday, April 10th to reserve your tickets! Guests must enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Hop into Spring with us at the Zoo and participate in our contactless egg hunt! Eggs will be hidden around the zoo in the form of QR Codes. Scan our hidden eggs to hatch fun activities and animal trivia facts to learn more about our egg laying residents. Keeper talks will be scheduled throughout the event. The event is free with zoo admission and will run from 12:00PM-3:00PM. The first 50 children under the age of 14 get a free gift! Please note, there will be no physical eggs hidden at the zoo.

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, March 28th to reserve your tickets!  Guests should enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to go on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Building Career Bridges For Biologists Through Conservation Research

Ever wondered how scientists get their start in the field? Looking for ways to get involved in research? Little to no experience in the field, or have little knowledge about animals? Maybe you just want to find some ways you can lend a helping hand? Well, we believe, all you need is the passion and drive to want to make a change!

Join Dr. Landberg, Director of Research with the Amphibian Foundation, who will be presenting new innovative programs which give students the opportunity to get into the field of conservation and contribute to research and— all while adapting to the safety protocols necessary amidst the global pandemic. Some programs include the new long-term Urban Ecology Research projects and The Conservation Research Bridge Program.

The Amphibian Foundation is dedicated to connecting individuals, communities, and organizations in an effort to create and implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis. The Amphibian Foundation offers many opportunities for all to get involved at various levels to help in maintain their mission. Do not miss this opportunity to speak with Dr. Landburg firsthand on ways to get involved in these programs.

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration.





Love is in the air at the Zoo and there is nothing we love more than our animal friends! Come visit us and show our animals how special they are by learning more about their specialized care. Engage in contactless activities like keeper talks, search for hidden animal enrichment facts, and learn how to make your own enrichment for your own furry, feathered, and scaly friends at home. Make sure to bring your Valentine! Reserve tickets today! 

Note: Admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Click on the ticket link below and choose Sunday, February 14th to reserve your tickets! Guests should enter the Zoo at the Clove Rd. entrance. Our Broadway gate is currently closed. Click here to see what else the Zoo is doing to keep you and your family safe during your visit!





Want to learn about wildlife and the researchers who devote their lives to protecting them? Like adventure but don’t necessarily want to leave your house, or pajamas, to go on one? Well… The Staten Island Zoo’s Conservation Near & Far is just for you! Join us for a virtual meeting with conservation and wildlife researchers on the field! Grab your notebook, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, and have your questions in hand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the individuals spearheading the field of conservation, right now!

Topic: Park Rangers Connecting New Yorkers To NYC’s Natural World.

Ever see an Urban Park Ranger in New York City Parks before? Have you ever wondered what they do? Well, here is your opportunity to learn what Urban Park Rangers do for our green spaces, the wildlife that call it their home, and you. Whether it be performing animal rescues, removing fishing line, patrolling the parks, or helping a patron find their way, Urban Park Rangers are here to help connect you to New York City’s Natural World! Q&A to follow.

Zoom registration link will be included on your receipt. Access link will be sent immediately following your Zoom registration.





In Preparation For Spooktacular 2021, The Zoo Will Be Closed Friday, 10/15. The Zoo Will Also Be Closing Early, At 2:00PM, Saturday, 10/16, & Sunday, 10/17. We Look Forward To A Spooktacular Weekend!
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