Winter in the Wild

At the Utica Zoo, no matter how cold or snowy, we embrace the cold and believe there is always a good reason to visit the Zoo; in fact, we have over 200 good reasons to visit.

Join the Utica Zoo for Winter in the Wild and embrace the winter weather with open arms along with Utica Zoo Winter Ambassador, Remsen Native, 4x Olympian, and Bronze medalist Erin Hamlin!

We have put together a slew of activities and events for our visitors to not only enjoy the Zoo during the winter but to find great ways to stay active during the cold winter months and to embrace winter rather than dreading it.

Activities include:
-Chili Cook-Off with Rome Professional Firefighters vs Utica Professional Firefighters
-Snowshoe and Luge Demos-Try snowshoeing around the Zoo or try your hand at Luge with the downhill Luge Ramp
-Hockey Puck Shoot Out with Utica College Pioneer Hockey *Due to Utica College Hockey making the playoffs, players will not be attending.*
-Zoo Scavenger Hunt
-Winter Animal Keeper Talks
-Animal Meet and Greets
-Crafts and Games
-Q&A Panel with CNY Olympians Erin Hamlin (Luge), Rob Esche (Hockey), and Louie Ehrensbeck (Biathalon)
-Erin Hamlin’s Olympic Flag Bearer Jacket and Gloves will be available for a photo opportunity
-A variety of clubs and businesses with information about their winter-centered activities (E-mail to get your winter-centered club or business involved!)
-Food, Hot Cocoa, and Coffee
and lots more!

More information to be added soon!

About Erin Hamlin-Utica Zoo Winter Ambassador, 4x Olympian, and Bronze Medal Winner:
Beginning at the age of 12, Erin dedicated her adolescent and early adult years to honing her craft at a sport few had even heard of. Her dedication paid off in big ways as she made her Olympic debut as a teenager in 2006. Before adding another games to her belt in 2010, she broke a 99-race winning streak by the Germans to claim the World Championship title in 2009, another first for an American woman. Throughout what would become a 19-year career, Erin collected a number of accolades and broke many barriers within the sport of luge and beyond. Among a handful of history-making performances, her 2014 Olympic bronze medal was the first podium appearance by an American in the singles discipline at a Winter Olympics. This also marked the first time a woman won any Olympic medal for Team USA in the sport of luge.
With a total of twenty-three World Cup medals, two World titles, and two World Championship silver medals, her 4th Olympics concluded her career, where she had the honor of carrying the flag for Team USA into the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony in Pyeong Chang, South Korea.

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