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Keeping up the "Good Work"

 
For 62 years the Salisbury Zoological Park has been one of the few zoos offering FREE admission and parking. This unique accessibility enables each and every one of us the chance to see and learn about our living world. Your Zoo offers a beautiful place within the Salisbury City Park for our entire community to come learn, relax and recreate with nature.

This past year, even in a time of intense political disagreements, bipartisan action by the President and Congress proclaimed our National Mammal.  The American bison, a species exhibited at the Salisbury Zoo for over 50 years is now officially recognized as a national symbol.  This historic agreement affirms the importance of our relationships, both as individuals and as a nation, to the living world.    

Your Zoo is not just a place that exhibits a collection of wild animals. It is a place that inspires and informs us about these wonderful creatures. It is our mission to provide you a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction.

 Entirely dependent upon philanthropic support our education department enhances and extends the Zoo’s community programs throughout our region. Consider our Story Time program.  Happening every Tuesday, March through September, this Free program provides nearly a thousand unique experiences for area preschoolers. Held in locations throughout the Zoo and staffed and produced entirely by volunteers, youngsters are creatively introduced to nature.  Stories are read, silly songs are sung, games are played, and crafts are made, all re-enforcing the value and importance of creatures like the American bison.

Our education staff maintain close connections to the county board of education, insuring that our programs compliment and support appropriate educational standards.  This year alone our Zoo served nearly 8000 individuals from the Wicomico county school system.   More than 12,000 students from other Delmarva school systems also were served. Additionally we support grades one through nine for our home school community with appropriate curriculum based materials. We host and participate in Wild about Reading, a program that encourages our youth to read.


The impact of our Zoo is not confined to our City Park site.  Through our “Zoo to You” programs we are able to bring the Zoo’s inspiration to many different settings including assisted living and senior centers. Look for us at a wide range of community events such as 3rd Fridays, county fairs, and National Night out.

 

The "Bury Bear Project"

What is the 'bury Bear Project?

 
Andean bears are normally found only in South America but they have been a part of the Salisbury Zoo since 1974. In that time the Salisbury Zoo has seen some notable achievements. The Salisbury Zoo was home to “Poopsie” who, at the time of her death in 2013, was the oldest known Andean bear ever. During the 1980’s the Zoo produced several cubs that found homes in other zoos around the world. During that time tens of thousands of visitors and Salisbury area residents were able to see and
enjoy these unique bears.

Regrettably, the world’s population of Andean bears has steadily declined. At this time, there are fewer than 20,000 bears left in the wild and that number is projected to decrease by 30% over the next several years. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Through the AZA the Zoo is one of 25 zoos that collaboratively manage a captive population of 46 bears through the Species Survival Program. During this past year the Salisbury Zoo was home to one of three of cubs successfully produced within this program.

As Salisbury’s bear cub grows up visitors have a unique opportunity to observe a rare and vulnerable species. The Salisbury Zoo also has the opportunity to recognize that its past successes create a special opportunity to fill a unique need. Through the ‘bury Bear Project, the Zoo hopes to create a sustainable commitment to Andean bears and, more specifically, to making Andean bears a prominent and permanent feature of our Zoo. With the world’s population of these animals in continuing decline, it is imperative that we are able to be a productive participant in on-going collaborative captive management. The ‘bury Bear Project is an initiative to develop specific resources to support the Salisbury Zoo’s Andean Bear program. This will enable the Zoo to collaborate with other zoos in the successful captive management of an Andean bear population to sustain our capacity to present this unique animal to our community.
 

How you can help! By joining or renewing your membership with the Salisbury Zoo you can opt. to donate extra that will go to this initiative. Click HERE for brochure and form.

Home School Programs

All programs are 45 minutes long, held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am for Elementary levels and 11 am for Middle School levels and the third Thursday at 3 pm for Elementary levels. Workshops are $6 a child. Call 443-944-0636 to register.
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Date
Time
Topic
December 1
10:00 - 11:00
Spooky and Scary
December 1
11:00-12:00 pm
Talking Skulls
December 15
3:00-4:00 pm
Spooky and Scary
January 5
10:00-11:00
Amphibians
January 5
11:00-12:00 Cleaning the Water
January 19
3:00-4:00 pm
Amphibians
February 2
10:00-11:00 am
What Animals Live in our Waterways?
February 2
11:00-12:00 pm
There ought to be a Law
February 16
3:00-4:00 pm
What Animals Live in our Waterways?
March 2
10:000-11:00 am
Whose Egg is This?
March 2
11:00-12:00 pm
Ecotones
March 16
3:00-4:00 pm
Whose Egg is This?
April 6
10:00-11:00 am
Marine Mammals
April 6
11:00-12:00 pm
Crossing the River
April 20
3:00-4:00 pm
Marine Mammals
May 4
10:00-11:00 am
Birds of Prey
May 4
11:00-12:00 pm
Summer Travelers
May 18
3:00-4:00 pm
Birds of Prey

Docent Open House

February 19th, 2017 2pm-4pm
Want to be a Zoo volunteer? Then become a Docent! Zoo volunteers have an interest in wild animals, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. No experience is necessary-we will teach you everything you need to know.
 
Come to this Open house to learn more about becoming a docent. Call 443-944-0636 for more information

Docent Training

Want to be a Zoo volunteer? Then become a Docent! Zoo volunteers have an interest in wild animals, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. No experience is necessary-we will teach you everything you need to know.
 
What do Zoo Volunteers do?
Volunteers help with education programs such as guided tours, live animal presentations, and school programs. Volunteers serve as on-site experts for our guests. They share their knowledge of animals, nature, and conservation with visitors. Volunteers help out with the Zoo's special events, such as Halloween Happening, Earth Day and Critter Christmas. They have the opportunity to help with the care and handling of the Education Program Animal Collection. These animals are used in education programs at the Zoo, in schools, and at community events. Volunteers must complete a pre-requisite number of hours and attend extra training to be involved. Call 443-944-0636 for more information and to register for the training.

Story Time

Starting March 7th Every Tuesday 10am-11am

Story Time is where stories are read, silly songs are sung, games are played and crafts are made, all re-enforcing the value and importance of animals and nature in our world. FREE!

10AM to 11 AM Every Tuesday in the Salisbury Zoo Education Building

Story Time is for 3, 4 and 5 year old children. All childrenmust be accompanied by an adult. Call 410-546-3440 for more information.

Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk

April 22, 2017 9am
The Salisbury Zoo will host its Annual Zoo Stampede 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 22nd at 9am, rain or shine just before our Earth Day celebration. Sponsored by Vernon Powell Shoes, the Zoo Stampede benefits the Salisbury Zoo and guarantees fun for the whole family! There will be random drawings with awesome giveaways and prizes to the top finishers in every age category. Participants can pre-register for $20 at VP Shoes or at the Salisbury Zoo. Printable form available here. Participants may also register on the day of the race for $25 between 7:30am and 8:30am at the Zoo's Main entrance. Free customized Tech Shirts will be given to the first 150 applicants, so register today! CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM. For more information, call Mary Seemann at (410)860-6880.
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Earth Day

April 22, 2017 10am-4pm

 Our Earth Day Celebration is a FREE event open to everyone, and fun for the whole family! This celebration aims to promote a reverence for wildlife while also raising awareness for our environment.

There is excitement for every age: Zookeeper talks and demonstrations, games, environmental activities, face-painting, great food and over 20 Earth-friendly exhibitors featuring: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Ward Museum, Delmarva Discovery Center, and the National Aquarium, just to name a few! Come celebrate and commemorate Mother Earth with your community at the Salisbury Zoo.

Want to be an Earth Day Sponsor? Click here to learn more about how to be apart of Earth Day.

Want to sell your handmade crafts at the event?  Click here to download the vendor form

Bunk with the Beasts

May 19th 6pm-9am

You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.

The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $30 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

4th Friday

June 23, 2017 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Bunk with the Beasts

June 30, 2017 6pm-9am

You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.

The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $30 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

4th Friday

July 28th, 2017 4:30pm-7:30pm

4th Friday

August 25th, 2017 4:30-7:30pm

Bunk with the Beasts

Sept. 22nd 2017 6pm-9am
You don't have to travel across the world to take your family or scout group on an exotic vacation. Just join the Zoo with our Bunk with Beasts Camping Adventure! This overnight adventure includes a cookout, a guided tour, fun activities, animal encounters, a night hike thru the Zoo and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. Some tents will be available to rent at $25 a tent, first serve.

The camp out is designed for families with children ages 4 and older. The cost is $30 per person. Credit Cards are accepted. Space is limited. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information. Call 410-546-3440 for reservations and more information.

Story Time

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 March - September
Story Time is held in the ESBA Education Center and is for children 3 to 5 years old and their parent/caregiver.  It is a free event. Each session has an animal or nature theme. Space is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Story Time is not for groups.  Groups are able to book special programs through the education department.  

Halloween Happening

Oct. 14 & 21 2017 1pm-4pm

Halloween Happening provides Halloween themed activities for children 10 and under who may not want to participate in the scarier parts of a Halloween event. The event runs on Saturday, October 14th and on the following Saturday, October 21st from 1pm-4pm. Children will be able to” Trick or Treat” throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, educated about animals, go thru a hay bale maze and compete in a costume contest! For more information call 443-944-0636. Tickets on sale at the Salisbury Zoo Gift Shop and Zoo Education Center between 10am and 3:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for children which includes one Free adult ticket for every child ticket purchased. Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event are $2 adult and $8 children.

Critter Christmas

Dec. 9th & 16th 2017 noon-4pm

Santa needs your help! Because there are so many people on the nice list this year, Santa has decided to set up a workshop right here at the Salisbury Zoo! At this workshop you will be helping Santa create over 15 different craft projects to give as gifts, decorate your home and spread Christmas cheer. New this year for parents and adults - Holiday door swags made from local greenery! Some of the craft projects require a small fee. Word is that Santa and Mrs. Claus are stopping by to see how operations are going. Children will be able to visit with the Mr. & Mrs. Claus during the event. Don’t miss this fun filled opportunity for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit and to create special memories. There will be a craft fair held in conjunction with the workshop. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salisbury Zoo's Education Department. Call 443-944-0636 for more info.