Our new 2020 lineup of pub talks is here!
Learn about wildlife field conservation over dinner and drinks at the zoo!
Oregon Zoo Pub Talks connect you with conservation experts who are actively working on species recovery efforts. Each month conservation, animal care or wildlife science professionals share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the forests of Borneo to the skies and seas of the Pacific Northwest.
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Oregon Zoo Pub Talks are fun, educational events that help support the zoo's mission of creating a better future for wildlife through its animal welfare, education and conservation programs. Talks take place in the Cascade Crest building, with food and beverages being available for purchase in the Cascade Grill.
2020 Pub Talks lineup:
- Jan. 29: Discovering Youth Leadership Through Advocacy in Nature
- Feb. 19: Training Orangutans in Borneo
- March 25: Up Close and Personal with Cougars and Bears
- Apr. 8: True Tall Tales From Tanzania
When to arrive:
Pub Talks begin at 7 p.m., but we advise arriving early—settle in, get a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the evening!
- 5:30 p.m.: Doors open
- 5:30 to 7:30 pm.: The Cascade Grill is open
- 6 to 7 p.m.: Edutainment and trivia
- 7 to 8 pm.: Pub Talk presentation
Getting to Pub Talks
We encourage you to take public transport to the zoo, which is located five minutes from downtown Portland, and is accessible by MAX Light Rail line. Visit Explore Washington Park for transportation and parking information.
Pub Talks are made possible by the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Education Endowment, which is generously funded by Oregon Zoo members and donors.
The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.