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Board of Directors Update
There is no Board of Directors Report for February.  The Board of Directors Report will return in March.  

Wish Lists .

Are you looking for a way to help the zoo?  The zoo benefits greatly from donated items.   Department wishlists are updated for the winter. Any of these items can be very helpful to us and may be something just lying around the house! Take a peak
Monthly Volunteer Project Day

Our last Volunteer Project Day was a great success.  Volunteers helped us prepare our Elk Exhibit for enrichment of its patrons, Aspen and Rosie as well as assisted us moving gravel for use on exhibit and ice removal from the Wolverine Exhibit.  Saturday, February 13th will be our next monthly Volunteer Project Day.  Some of the projects may include painting, leaf clean-up, snow removal, or exhibit maintenance.  We will be meeting at 9:00 am in the Education Center (classroom) to talk about our plan of action for the day.  If you are interested in volunteering your time please email elizabeth@nyszoo.org or call 315-782-6180.

Animal Adoptions

Animal Adoptions

Newest animal adoptions: 

There were no new adoptions in January.  

Thanks so much for supporting the animals! If you are interested in our adoption program, check out the options  here

Birthday Parties

February Events

SnowTown USA
New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is joining in the Fun.  Join us on February 7th for Free Admission to the Zoo and a Snowcastle/Igloo Building Contest (weather permitting).  
Upcoming Events

As winter bears down on Upstate New York, the New York State Zoo is busy preparing for its 2016 events.  You can look forward to:

Earth Day

Butterfly Day
Military Appreciation Day

Symphony at the Park
Brew at the Zoo

Monarch Day

Boo at the Zoo

Twilight with the Wildlife

Breakfast with Santa

Education Programs for January

Adult Education Program 

Canvas and Conservation
Want to spend a fun night out creating a masterpiece on canvas while also experiencing our animals and contributing directly to our conservation programs? This new monthly program will be held on Thursday, February 11th  6pm-8pm.  $5 from each program fee will be put into our conservation projects fund for 2016. Canvas, paint and other materials needed are included in the program fee.  This month we will be feeling the love with this cute cup (or teacup if you want to get fancy)! 

$25 Non Members/$20 Members Class maximum of 18 people, pre-registration required by noon the day of the event by calling 315.782.6180 and paying over the phone or registering online here for the 11th.

This program is available for private parties, FRG meetings or any other type of gathering by appointment. Please call 315.755.0896 or email  elizabeth@nyszoo.org  for more information or to register for the monthly program. 

Wild Tots: Friday, February 5th and Friday February 19th   10am-10:45am
Ages 2-5
Keep the smallest human critters occupied for 45 minutes with animals, sensory activities and crafts. 
Because of a recent increase in participants and to better facilitate our programming, we are offering two classes a month with a cap of fifteen children a class. 
$3.00 for Non-Members/ $2.40 For Members  
Pre-Registration is requested, please call 315.782.6180

Zoofari Camp: Mid Winter Edition

The session is held from 8am - 4pm daily, with after camp care until 5:00 offered for an additional $5 a day.

Daily Rates (Lunch and snack is included):
Members $20/Child/Day ($100/Week) Non Members: $25/Child/Day ($125/Week) 

In the case of extreme inclement weather, refunds will be made as the program is canceled. Programs will only be canceled following a no travel advisory for Jefferson County. 

This mid winter break camp will be exploring all the science experiments that can be done with snow and the interesting ways that our animals, and animals around the world get through the winter. Additionally, we will be making some observations as citizen scientists that will be used to "ground truth" satelli te weather data and contribute to our understanding of weather as a science! 
Campers will spend the week learning, playing and creating! Participants should bring warm clothes to wear as small portions of each day will be spent outside depending on weather conditions. 
To purchase online, our website for the link on the webpage. You will be emailed additional paperwork to fill out and return, or it will be required the morning of the first day your child attends camp. For questions, or to register over the phone call (315)804-6225 or email elizabeth@nyszoo.org.

Facebook Like, Comment and Share

Starting in January we will be holding monthly contests to win a chance to take part in one of our many special opportunities.  These opportunities can range from free memberships, free animal enrichments, or free birthday parties.  January's Facebook Contest was an invitation to participate in our Elk Enrichment.  
Heather Button French was our winner.  Look for February's Facebook Contest of a Free Birthday Party.  Visit our  Facebook  page often to ensure you are able to take advantage of this exciting deal.

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