Zoo Snooze – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31. Spending the night at the zoo is a wildly good time. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for the animals, tour the zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy delicious meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. the next day. Separate fee. Preregistration required. For more information, visit toledozoo.org/zoo-snooze.
Garden Tour Series: Best of Summer – Saturday, August 11. Join the horticulture staff to see how the zoo staff cares for its landscapes at the height of summer. Guests will be treated to the best of the blooms in the rose, butterfly and formal gardens. Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs will also be at their peak. Come get inspiration for your own garden and bring questions for the knowledgeable staff. The tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 9:00 a.m. Separate fee, preregistration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Visit www.toledozoo.org/gardens.
Garden Tour Series: Heirlooms to Hybrids – Tuesday, August 14. Zoo gardens display both the newest hybrids and rare, old-fashioned varieties of hundreds of plants. In this tour, learn about the evolution of favorite annuals and perennials and what has been gained or lost along the way. A great tour for green thumbs that love science and history. 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/gardens.
Garden Tour Series: Gardening in Challenging Areas – Tuesday, August 28. Rocky soil? Dry shade? Poor drainage? Every landscape has its challenges. The zoo horticulture staff is always adapting to new growing conditions as the grounds develop. On this tour, learn which plants and practices will help you see new potential in your “problem” areas. 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/gardens.
Feast With the Beasts Presented by PNC – Friday, August 24. 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 advance registration is required. Additional information is available at toledozoo.com/feast.
Summer Safari Camps – through Friday, August 17.Go wild this summer vacation at Summer Safari Camps. The zoo offers wild opportunities for campers ages 4 through 15. Separate fee, preregistration required. Member discounts apply. For more information, including schedule, themes and pricing, visit www.toledozoo.org/camps.
BUGFest – Saturday, August 25. 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 buggy buddies. BUGFest is free with zoo admission.
Overnights and Snooze at the Zoo — Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 28, 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/snooze.
Grandparents’ Day & Day of Honor — Sunday, Sept. 9
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.
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. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org/honor.
Garden Tour: Collecting & Saving Seeds — Tuesday, Sept. 11
Learn how to collect and save seeds from your favorite annuals, perennials and vegetables. In addition to basic seed science, learn which varieties are best for collection, when and how to collect them and how to store seeds to keep them viable for planting next season. 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/gardens#tours.
Senior Safari — Tuesday, Sept. 18
Join the Toledo Zoo and Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors, including lunch, health screenings, exercise, safety tips and Zoo exploration! Seniors aged 60 and better receive free parking and free Zoo admission! For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit https://areaofficeonaging.com/event/4709.
Homeschool Open House — Wednesday, Sept. 19
Homeschool families! Explore the Zoo and enjoy special programs, tours and activities just for homeschoolers. Guests will get a chance to preview lessons from our Around the World series for 2018-2019 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: Prowl & Play — Saturday, Sept. 22
Learn how we encourage natural behaviors among our animals. For example,a toilet paper tube becomes a game of hide and seek while a grapevine wreath becomes a snack-time puzzle! Join us for keeper talks, enrichment demonstrations and more. For more information and a schedule, please visit toledozoo.org/enrichment.
Garden Tour: Fall in the Garden — Tuesday, Sept 25
Come see how the horticulture staff puts the grounds to bed. You will learn fall pruning and mulching techniques, how to divide and store plants, select and plant spring-flowering bulbs, protect newly-planted landscapes and much more. 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/gardens#tours.
Luminous Nights Opening Night — Friday, Sept. 28
More than 500 hand-crafted Chinese lanterns illuminate the Zoo during this after-dark fall festival! The spotlight will shine on Asian culture with the addition of professional live acrobatic shows on the weekends, community cultural activities during the week and themed food and beverage options! Luminous Nights is open September 28 – November 4! More details, including admission prices, hours and activities can be found at toledozoo.org/luminousnights.
Senior Discovery Days — 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.