Welcome to our new mobile optimized newsletter for the NYS Zoo at Thompson Park.

Board of Directors Update
Let's make all of November a season of Thanksgiving.  From Christine Hoffman of The Tasty Wench who sends us her jam scraps (oh how the bears love this treat) to our wonderful docents, Ron and Carol and Cindy to the 4th Grade Class at Black River Elementary to our ZooTeens to our amazing retiring board member, Jen Loonan, to the JRC volunteers to our JCC Zoo Tech instructors and students and to ALL the wonderful business sponsors of our animals and events our thanks.  You can quickly see that this list could (and perhaps should) go on for pages and pages.  When we say that our Zoo is a community asset the emphasis is on community.  So to all those not mentioned by name here, do not doubt that your contribution to the Zoo is greatly appreciated.

While the Zoo closes for daily admission this month there is still a great deal going on that you will want to consider for participation.  Our November 6th Friend and Fund-raiser, Twilight with the Wildlife, is almost sold out (better mark your 2016 calendars now for this event), but Breakfast with Santa, December 12th and 19th still has some spaces and a winter Birthday Party at the Zoo is always fun and education and nature programming continues apace. Keep posted by liking us on Facebook which posts new activities almost daily.

Our 2016 Sponsorship and Underwriting Guide will be available online at our website soon and you may call the Zoo at any time- 315.782.6180- to request a hard copy. There are many possibilities for participation and we willingly will customize our underwriting to meet your specific needs.

This is a time of year when we celebrate our successes, mourn our losses and begin to both review the past year and plan for the new.  We appreciate having you think of our wonderful native wildlife and hope that you will use this season to think of all you have and might share for the benefit of others in our community who could use help.  The Zoo staff does a food drive among themselves each year for the benefit of Watertown Urban Mission.  Needing your help reminds us that we too must help others.

Stay in good touch.  Appreciate the best of the season.  Give thanks.

The 2015 Board of Directors

Upcoming Events

Twilight with the Wildlife

As described in the opening note, Twilight with the Wildlife is an event showcasing the lovely Little Tree Visitors Center as an event space and providing the opportunity to bid on experience themed auction items. Tickets are $45/person and RSVPs must be received by November 1st. If you are interested in attending, please call Lesley at 315.755.0893.  A full list of auction items can be found on the website with more being added daily. 

Critters for Conservation: A Wildlife Encounter

Get out of the house and see some of the animals of the Zoo! Our animal ambassador collection is making a special trip to the Sturtz Theater at Jefferson Community College. There will be 3 presentations throughout the day, each lasting about 45 minutes. After the presentation, our staff will be on hand to present some of our other animals for a more up close and personal interaction including touching and the ability to take pictures with them. 

Admission is $5/person at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will be set aside in our conservation fund to be exclusively used for 2016 projects. 

Presentations will begin at 11:00am, 2pm and 5pm.

Breakfast with Santa

Come get into the holiday spirit at the Zoo! Have a jolly breakfast with a guest  appearance  from Mrs. Claus followed by some ornament craft time in our workshop and a visit with Santa himself. There are  seatings  at 8:30am, 10:00am and 11:30am.

Parents and children must each have a ticket, however 2 and under are free and included with the parent tickets.

Tickets are on sale online here for the 12th and here for the 19th  or by calling 315.782.6180 and paying over the phone. There are only 30 spots at each seating so be sure to get your tickets early to get your preferred time!
Monthly Volunteer Project Day

Saturday, November 7th will be our project day to take down the Butterfly house and to finish doing some of the winter preparations before the North Country weather hits us with everything its got. We will be meeting up at 9 am in the Education Center (classroom) to talk about our plan of work for the day and to get everyone situated. If you have questions or would like to let us know that you are planning to come, please email elizabeth@nyszoo.org.  

When you go to Panera on November 5th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm be sure to show them this flyer (either printed or on mobile), and we'll get part of the proceeds! 

Education Programs for October

Adult Education Program *New 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, November 12th or Friday, November 13th from 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.  

$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 12th or here for the 13th 

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. 

Zoo Day Camps 

Both programs are  open to ages 3 and up( as long as they are potty trained). We will have many staff people on hand to separate out the age groups so all ages can have a great zoo experience. To register for either click the links below or call 315.782.6180. Questions? Email elizabeth@nyszoo.org

Pricing is $40/child for non members, $32/child for members. Discounts will be given for multiple children, please call to register for this discount.

Veterans Day Camp-
November 11th from 8am to 5pm
A day off of school can still be a day of learning here at the Zoo. We will be doing activities, crafts and animals demonstrations as well as providing lunch. To register online, click here.
Drop and Shop 
Give yourself some time to start your holiday shopping without your little helpers around. Drop the kiddos off and let us entertain them for the day! We will be doing activities, crafts and animals demonstrations as well as providing lunch. To register online, click here. 

Monthly Programs

Wild Tots: November 6th  10am-10:45am
Keep the smallest human critters occupied for 45 minutes with animals, sensory activities and crafts. This months topic is animals preparing for winter. 
$3.00 for Non-Members/ $2.40 For Members  
Pre-Registration is requested, please call 315.782.6180

Home-school  Academy:     *October Program being rescheduled for November*

Poems have a special way of bringing nature to life;join us later this month  for an afternoon of poetry and hiking at the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary in Rutland. You will not want to miss it.
There will be poetry readings and nature themed activities along with a visit from Slater our resident screech owl.  This program is being held in conjunction with Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust as part of the Home School Academy.  We will be meeting at the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary parking area located on Middle Road in Rutland.  Please contact Fawn at tughilladmin@nnymail.com or 315-779-2239 to RSVP. This program has no fees. 
Wish Lists .

Department wishlists are updated for the fall. Any of these items can be very helpful to us and may be something just lying around the house! Take a peak.
Animal Adoptions
New animal adoptions for the month of October: 

Watertown Wolves Hockey: Wolves 
Deepan M Vora: Mountain Lion

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

After a heated voting session in the Zoo and on Facebook, our goats have been named!

We are pleased to introduce Willow (red collar) and Ivy (purple collar).
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