In celebration of Earth Day, the Utica Zoo participates in Party for the Planet, which is an event all about conservation and helping our environment! This year on May 14th, we’d like to welcome volunteers to help us with various projects around the zoo to clean up from the Winter, beautify our grounds, remove trash, and plant gardens! In order to be an individual volunteer, you must be 18+. For groups with individuals younger than 18, you must contact the Utica Zoo ( in order to see if there are any special projects available for participation and a supervision ratio is required. This is a one time volunteer opportunity, but staff will be on site to answer questions about future volunteer opportunities as well! Participation in a 2 hour volunteering slot qualifies each individual volunteer to receive a day pass for a return visit to the Utica Zoo!

Additional Features of Party for the Planet 2022:

  • Informational Booth from Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority
  • Informational Booth from New York Power Authority
  • Informational Booth about World Migratory Bird Day and our Songbird SAFE Program
  • Helping us plant native flora in designated gardens around the zoo for anyone willing to make a conservation donation
  • Some conservation themed items to take home!

Featured Volunteer Locations:

  • Backyards and Barnyards Clean Up
  • North Trek Clean Up
  • Pangea Plaza Clean Up
  • Zoo Entrance/Parking Lot Clean Up

Due to Inclement weather on Sunday 11/27, Bright Nights will NOT Be Running That Night. It will still run on Saturday 11/26 AND continue as normal From 12/2 to 12/18!