Seasonal Activities

From Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September (weather permitting), visitors can enjoy daily keeper talks, weekly animal enrichment and more!

Keeper Talks

Keeper talks are a unique opportunity to hear interesting stories and ask questions about your favorite animals from the people who work closest to them – the zookeepers! 

2015 Schedule

11:30 a.m. Rhino
1:15 p.m. Penguin

11:30 a.m. Bongo
1:15 p.m. Eagles

11:30 a.m. Spider Monkeys
1:15 p.m. Raven

11:30 a.m. Bird + Reptile House
1:15 p.m. Lion

11:30 a.m. Rhino
1:15 p.m. Snow Leopard

11:30 a.m. Bats
1:15 p.m. Moats (Meerkats, etc.)

11:30 a.m. Moose
1:15 p.m. Otters


See something strange in an exhibit? A paper bag, a cardboard box, or even toys are all there for a reason - animal enrichment! Our zookeepers use recycled goods to hide food and engage the natural behaviors of our animals. Click here to learn more. Enrichment occurs on Sundays at 1:30pm and Wednesdays at 10:45am and 1:30pm.

Docent Talks

Docent talks will soon resume for the 2015 season. Visit us again for updates to a new schedule next season!

Reading with the Animals

Join docents and volunteers as they read animal stories, show some of the live education animals and do crafts with kids. Reading with the Animals takes place at the zoo amphitheater on Tuesdays from 10:00am until noon.

Zoo Play

A fun hands-on experience for children! Role-play being a zookeeper or veterinarian and learn what it’s like to care for the animals at Potter Park Zoo. Zoo Play occurs at the VEZU building on Thursdays from 10:00am until noon.

Backyard Activities

Learn about backyard wildlife and how you can experience nature in your own backyard every day. Backyard activities take place at the Backyard Gardens on Fridays from 10:00am until noon.