Garden Tour Series: The Art of Growing Plants in Containers – Tuesday, August 22. Learn how to bring the joy of gardening to even the smallest spaces on this tour of the zoo’s container gardens. Zoo horticulture staff will share thoughts and ideas on container choices, soil mixes, plant combinations and fertilizing to help attendees design colorful creations. Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. Separate fee, preregistration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Visit www.toledozoo.org/gardentours.
Feast With the Beasts, Presented by PNC – Friday, August 25. This zoo fundraiser includes a five-course dinner prepared by the zoo’s professional chef and catering staff and wine pairing, along with an unforgettable up-close animal encounter and live auction. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Additional information is available at www.toledozoo.com/feast.
BUGFest – Saturday, August 26. Visit Nature’s Neighborhood for a day dedicated to the little creatures that creep, crawl, float and flutter. Throughout the day, meet live invertebrates and enjoy crafts and activities inspired by our buggy buddies. BUGFest is free with zoo admission.
Overnights and Snooze at the Zoo — Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, 29
Spending the night at the Zoo is a wildly good time for families, groups and schools. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for our animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy delicious meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m. – 10 a.m. the next day. Separate fee. Pre-registration required. For more information, including pricing and available dates, visit toledozoo.org/zoo-snooze.
Namaste for Nature — Saturdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
Help support the Zoo’s native prairie and horticultural programs while getting your Zen on at yoga at the Toledo Zoo. Classes will be held from 9-10 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays in September and led by certified yoga instructors from Toledo-area studios. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring their own yoga mat and bottle of water. Advanced registration is required and is limited to 90 participants per session. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. For more information or to register, please visit toledozoo.org/yoga.
Grandparents’ Day — Sunday, Sept. 10
Celebrate the grandest of them all with a family trip to the Toledo Zoo! Grandparents receive free admission when accompanied by at least one grandchild.
Day of Honor — Sunday, Sept. 10
Join us in this annual salute to all those who keep us safe. All military, police, firefighters and EMTs receive free admission with badge or professional ID. An array of safety vehicles will be on display in the Main Plaza for visitors to enjoy. Day of Honor is supported by Marathon Petroleum Company and HCR Manor Care. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org/honor.
I Do at the Zoo — Sunday, Sept. 10
The Zoo’s annual bridal show, in conjunction with Sounds of Music DJs, will help make wedding planning easy with over 100 wedding professionals in attendance and door prizes, discounts and giveaways to help make that special day absolutely perfect. For more information -including tickets- please visit soundsofmusicdjs.com/bridalshow.
Garden Tour: Trees Please! — Tuesday, Sept. 12
Wander under the canopies of the Zoo’s mature trees and learn how to choose the correct tree for a space, properly prune and provide general care for the trees in your yard. Discover the benefits trees can provide for you! Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. Separate fee, pre-registration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Please visit toledozoo.org/gardentours.
Public Monarch Release sponsored by Medical Mutual — Saturday, Sept. 16
Zoo visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy butterfly-related activities, including an informational program and a release of beautiful monarch butterflies to begin their migratory flight to Mexico. Activities and program will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Zoo’s Main Plaza.
Live Nation Concert: Matchbox 20 with special guest Matt Nathanson — Tuesday, Sept. 19
For more information, please visit toledozoo.org/concerts.
Homeschool Open House — Wednesday, Sept. 20
Homeschool families! Explore the Zoo and enjoy special programs, tours and activities just for homeschoolers. Guests will get a chance to preview lessons from the Amazing Adaptations Series for 2017-2018 while meeting live animals up close. The cost to participate is $10 per family. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and are held in an open house format. (Zoo admission and parking rates apply.)
Enrichment Day: Play the Animal Way — Saturday, Sept. 23
Learn how we encourage natural behaviors among our animals. It’s not just a toilet paper tube- it’s a game of hide and seek! Join us for keeper talks, enrichment demonstrations and more. For more information and a schedule, please visit toledozoo.org/enrichment.
Garden Tour: Growing Foliage Plants — Tuesday, Sept 26
With cold weather right around the corner, it is the perfect time to turn your attention to indoor plants. Join us as we walk through some of our interior landscapes and learn how to properly care for foliage plants by providing the proper lighting, watering and soil mixes. Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. Separate fee, pre-registration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Please visit toledozoo.org/gardentours.
Live Nation Concert: Sammy Hagar & The Circle with special guest Collective Soul — Wednesday, Sept. 27
For more information, please visit toledozoo.org/concerts.
Luminous Nights Opening Night — Friday, Sept. 29
Chinese lanterns illuminate the Zoo during this new after-dark fall festival! Come see and experience the number one Zoo in the nation in a whole new light! Luminous Nights is open September 29 – October 29! More details, including admission prices, hours and activities can be found at toledozoo.org/luminousnights.
Senior Discovery Days presented by Welltower, Inc. — Weekdays in Sept. & Oct.
Every Tuesday, seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and fun activities during the Zoo’s Senior Discovery Days, plus great discounts during the rest of the week. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org/seniors.
Visit the Toledo Zoo’s website, www.toledozoo.org, or call (419) 385-4040 for more information about these and other upcoming events.