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Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Two Nights this year - July 29th & July 30th (5:30 - 8:00PM each night)

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park presents the 9th annual Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too event on July 29th and July 30th from 5:30PM - 8:00PM. Roam the Zoo at sunset, enjoy food from fine local eateries, sample craft beers, cider, liquor and wine from across New York State and beyond. Live music will be featured each night.

This event sold out in 2015. We highly encourage everyone to purchase tickets as soon as possible.


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The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park invites all members to join us on July 13, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to enjoy the Zoo after hours.  Keepers will be available to chat about your favorite animal residents, orchestrate feeding demonstrations and on exhibit enrichment.  The Zoo is providing all members with a light refreshment.

This is a members only event. Not a member or want to renew?  Visit or call 315.782.6180 today.  

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Book Club Featured

Who doesnt love a good book? Starting in May, we will be meeting every other month to chat and socialize with other members of our Zoo community. 

The pick for our first meeting is Red Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn. This is a gripping read that takes place in a different Olmstead firm designed park, but shows the large amount of wildlife in event the most urban of areas. Just a suggestion, you can get the book used for .01 plus shpping online which is a great form of reusing!

Our first meeting will be Sunday, May 15th at 2pm in our cafe' area. Coffee will be provided but feel free to bring your own snacks or plan on grabbing a bite from our new and improved cafe offerings. There is no charge for this program.

For up-to-date information about May's book club, please click here.

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is opening its doors for the season on April 2, 2016!  We are open daily from 10am to 5pm and are excited for you to visit!  

Admission rates are lower than ever at:

Adult: $7

Child: $4

Senior (65+): $5

Infant (3 and below): Free


Thinking about making your holiday giving go even further? Adopt a Zoo Animal! Not only will you be getting some great items for the people in your life, you will also be helping out a local non-profit. What a win-win situation!

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Leader of the Pack Program

Do you know a young person who has gone above and beyond to make the community or environment a better place? The New York State Zoo's new Leader of the Pack program is the perfect opportunity to recognize North Country youth and youth groups who have met “the call of the wild” and made a difference. Did someone in your community start a recycling program? Does a young person you know selflessly give their time to a cause, and do they try to inspire others to do the same? Teachers, coaches, and mentors are invited to nominate a young person or group by filling out the nomination form on here. Nominees must be between 8 and 18 years old and be residents of Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence counties. Nomination forms and questions about the program can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations will be accepted through September 30th, 2015. Zoo staff will review submissions and contact the “Leaders” starting in October 2015.

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