World Wetlands Day

February 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 03:00pm

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with keeper talks and activities at the Oregon Zoo

Countless plants and creatures—including humans—are dependent on wetlands for survival, and our everyday actions can impact their health.

There will be educational activities in the Nature Exploration Station. Wildlife experts will be educating the community about ocean debris, National Wildlife Refuges, beavers and their important role in the ecosystem, the recovery of bald eagles, aquatic invasive species and salmon. Education specialists and biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be in the NESt to teach people about our local river ecosystems and the wildlife they support.

Keepers will help to inform the community about what small actions humans can take to create a better future for our wetlands and their inhabitants. Learn from biologists about wetlands projects and learn about the zoo's conservation work with pond turtles.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Educational activities in the Nature Exploration Station
11:30 a.m. Crocodile feeding at African Rainforest
12:30 p.m. Flamingo keeper talk in African Birdwalk
1 p.m. Pond turtle weighing in the Nature Exploration Station
1:30 p.m. River otter and beaver keeper talks in the Great Northwest
2:30 p.m. Duck keeper talk in the Great Northwest

Free with zoo admission

Parking costs $2/hour or $8/day and lots tend to fill up quickly, so the zoo encourages visitors to take public transport: Take MAX Light Rail to the Washington Park stop or a Trimet bus. Call 503-238-RIDE (7433) or visit for fare and route information. Visitors who ride MAX light rail or a TriMet bus to the zoo will receive $1.50 off admission with proof of ridership.