Zoo education center

A place for discovery

When it opens in 2017, the zoo's new education center will be filled with amazing things to see and do. You'll peer into the world of tiny wildlife at the new insect zoo. You'll find tips on the best places to paddle your canoe, view wildflowers or hike through a forest. You can sign up to help restore habitat or collect data about local wildlife. Home to the zoo's summer camps and teen volunteer programs, the center will also include a 150-seat event space where you'll enjoy lectures from wildlife experts and screenings of inspiring nature documentaries. The outdoor plaza, bordered by woodland and gardens, will include a café and comfortable seating where you can relax and take a break during your zoo adventure.

Visitor experience

Whether you visit at the beginning or end of your day at the zoo, the new center will offer activities, adventures and connect you with nature in brand new ways.

A community destination

Thousands of kids and adults come to the zoo each year for camps, lectures and the zoo's unique volunteer opportunities. From classrooms tucked along a woodland trail to the beautiful 150-seat event space, the new center will offer immersive experiences in surroundings custom designed for learning about nature.

Design process

Starting with a wish list and a site map, zoo staff and architects over the summer created initial designs of buildings and gardens. Next, they'll work out every detail. By fall, 2015, the zoo will be ready to break ground on the new education center. Grand opening is scheduled for early 2017.