STEM Academy and Hatchling classes

The Utica Zoo’s fall and winter STEM Academy and Hatchling class schedules have been announced. STEM Academy is geared towards learners aged 3-5 years old, while Hatchlings is intended for learners aged 18 months to 2 years old. Learn more about each program below or contact Program Coordinator Kathleen McGill at or 315-738-0472 x.36.

Zoo Adventures STEM Academy

STEM Education for Kids

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Young children are natural scientists; curious about the world and how it works. You can foster that sense of wonder and curiosity at the Utica Zoo’s preschool STEM Academy. We will introduce your little learners to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by engaging them in age-appropriate activities that focus on conservation, habitats, and animals. Classes will be interactive and may include live animal encounters, stories, crafts, activities and nature play.

Zoo Adventure classes are geared towards learners ages 3 to 5, but younger siblings are welcome. The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members, $7.00/child plus admission for non-members. $5.00 for any additional child.  Save money and pay for a full session upfront at a discounted rate! Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36.


Thursday, September 12th, 2019 – Colorful Critters

Have you ever wondered why animals have such bright colors? Join us as we go on a color walk and meet some of our most colorful critters to learn all about animal patterns and camouflage!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 – Animal Dance!

Did you know that ferrets dance to distract their prey? Join us as we dance, slither, and stomp to learn all about why animals move the way they do!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 – Up All Night

When we’re getting ready for bed, many critters are just waking up to start their night! Find out what it means to be nocturnal and how animals adapt to nighttime life!

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Scutes, Scales, & Shells

Reptiles are amazing animals that can live in many different habitats! Meet some scaly critters up close and discover what makes reptiles so unique!


Thursday, November 7, 2019 – Over in the Forest

From the forest floor to the tops of trees, there are so many places for animals to live in the forest! Join us for a nature walk on the North Trek Trail and discover all the animals that call the forest home!

Thursday, November 21st, 2019– Water, Water Everywhere!

Thursday, December 5th, 2019– Tunnels, Burrows, and Holes

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 – Antlers Forever

Hatchlings (18 months – 2 years)

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Join us as we transform our classroom into an exploration center for your toddler. Each session will have themed activities, discovery stations, and new animals to meet!

The fun starts at 10:30 am in the Auditorium. The cost is $7.00/child for members and $7.00/child for non-members plus admission. $5.00 for any additional child. Pre-registration is requiredFor more information, or to register your child, contact Kathleen McGill at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 36. 


Thursday, September 19th, 2019 – Welcome Fall!

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 – Hoot & Howl

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 – Feathers, Beaks, & Scaly Feet

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 – Wild Winter!

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