The Oregon Zoo is part of the worldwide community of people and organizations who identify themselves as thoughtful stewards of wildlife and wild ecosystems.
When you sponsor an event at the Oregon Zoo, you join a community of partners: individuals and businesses who believe that a healthy, diverse planet is the best place for all of us to live and prosper. You not only become an integral part of a classic Northwest tradition, but also a vital contributor to:
- research and facilities at the zoo and beyond that help ensure the survival of endangered species
- funding of new or expanded animal exhibits and animal enrichment
- conservation education programs that inspire and inform nearly one million children and adults each year.
Premier programs and events
The Oregon Zoo and Oregon Zoo Foundation host a select number of top-tier programs and events throughout the year that attract thousands of people from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. These activities each present unique, highly-visible partnership opportunities for organizations that are committed to inspiring the community to help create a better future for wildlife.
Oregon Zoo summer concerts is among the zoo's highest-profile annual programs. For 15 to 20 evenings from June to August, music lovers can picnic on the zoo's concert lawn, dance and enjoy world-class artists performing under the stars at the zoo's amphitheater. Summer concerts offer a wide range of support opportunities.
ZooLights is Portland's premier holiday event. Each year, 100,000-plus visitors stroll this magical evening wonderland of 1.25 million LED lights in life-size animal silhouettes and moving sculptures. This holiday tradition presents a prime opportunity for exposure.
Zoolala brings together 800 to 1,000 of the zoo's major donors, corporate leaders and philanthropists each July to dine on fare from more than 30 of Portland's top restaurants, wineries and breweries. Spectacular entertainment, animal experiences, dancing and carnival games round out this very special and elegant outdoor evening event that raises money to support the zoo.
Second Tuesdays emphasize the zoo's desire to make this valuable resource as open and accessible as possible to everyone in the community. Corporate partners play a critical role in allowing the zoo to continue this tradition of reducing zoo admission to $4 the second Tuesday of every month.
The Oregon Zoo also welcomes support for its many educational and training programs such as the ever-popular summer show, Wild Life Live!; the Zoo Animal Presenters, which provides teenage underserved youth with paid internships; the ZooTeens volunteer program; and Urban Nature Overnights, which teaches urban youth outdoor recreation skills and the importance of understanding and respecting urban and wild ecosystems.
Learn more about how your organization can be part of the zoo's partnership team.
Heidi Heitkemper Wilcox
Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager
Oregon Zoo Foundation