Signature Events at the Animal Park at Conservators Center

Onsite Events

Events planned throughout the year provide fun, exciting educational opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages!
(Events are listed in chronological, calendar order; event series are listed by their first calendar appearance.)

Tree Toss

Tree Toss is one of the Animal Park's signature events. Held in January each year, we use unsold evergreen trees donated from Cranberry Tree Farm to provide one of a kind enrichment to our residents! You'll see our lions, tigers, leopards, and wolves, as well as many other residents, play with their treats, trees, and toys made by visitors at our Workshop. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets early!

Wild Hearts

Wild Hearts is an Animal Park premiere seasonal event that will return Valentine's 2021. Limited space is available for Valentine's After Dark tours, unique couples tours that take you through the park on an intimate, romantic ride for two on one of our golf carts. Feel love in the air as tigers chuffle and wolves howl into the evening skies. Or purchase a Wild Heart enrichment item for just $1 and see your chosen animal receive your Valentine gift during your standard tour!

Spring Forward

“Spring Forward” with us at the Animal Park on March 21, 2020. In celebration of the Spring solstice, this open park event is a fun celebration of the warmer weather. The Park is open from 11AM-3PM and guests can receive $5 off their ticket with a donation of an item off of our "spring wishlist."

Wild Under The Stars

With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. You'll be able to view multiple meteor showers over the course of this quarterly event series as well as have opportunities to view Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, and the Moon with your binoculars or telescope.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Animal Park

On Saturday, April 4th, join us for a special "Whiskers and Tails" tour at 11AM. These tours are perfect for families with younger children as they last only 45-60 minutes. After the tour, let the kids enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in our green space outside of the Park. They can visit with our Giant Flemish Rabbit, Delilah, in our Education Room, and word on the street is that the Easter Bunny may be making an appearance as well!

Girl Scout Day

A fabulous day devoted to learning about wild animals up close, Girl Scout Day is full of fun activities, special educational tours, and girl power! The Animal Park at the Conservators Center opens its doors to Girl Scouts with learning activity stations, scavenger hunts, and more. New animals…new games…new learning stations. Even if your troop has visited before, you’re not going to want to miss all the exciting changes we’ve made!

World Binturong Day!

On the second Saturday in May each year, the Animal Park invites you to celebrate one of our more unique animal species found here at the Park, the binturong! Visit with resident, Jerry Binturong during this open park event and learn all about this fascinating keystone species.

STEM at the Animal Park

Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival with animal-related STEM activities!
A specially designed scavenger hunt will act as a guide for you as you hike through our nature area, discover our exotic creatures in the Animal Park, and visit our green-space to discover a variety of aspects of North Carolina wildlife and insects. Other hands-on activities include building animal habitats using everyday objects, learning about various animal diets, and other various STEM activities, including our Education Room bio-facts!

Lions, Tigers, & Beer

A wildly popular event since its inception in 2017, we are excited to bring this amazing event back September 19, 2020.  Before guests tour our zoological park, they get to sample food and beer pairings inspired by our animals— like tigers, lions, and lynxes. Even better, we partner with local restaurants and breweries like Bright Penny, Full Steam, Haw River Ales, Saint Jacques, and more to bring you the best cuisine North Carolina has to offer.

Pumpkin Prowl

Grab a coat and a friend, and join us for our annual Pumpkin Prowl (returning November 2020), the most unique and thrilling way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina! Join us in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins; after our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures, watch as they introduce our animals to an autumn wonderland. Enjoy the fun at your own pace because Pumpkin Prowl is a self-guided walk-about event, meaning you can spend as much time as you want admiring the residents you find most enjoyable.

Paws for a Cause

Join us for a very special holiday celebration where you’ll have an opportunity to give back to the local community! Contributing to our mission of education and wildlife advocacy while also providing holiday joy to the families in our surrounding area! Could there a better way to spend the Saturday after Christmas?


Celebrate The Wild


Offsite Events

We participate in a number of events throughout the Triangle and Triad areas to further our outreach and bring wildlife education to a broader audience.

Offsite Events

We participate in a number of events throughout the Triangle and Triad areas to further our outreach and bring wildlife education to a broader audience.
Offsite Events

Darwin Day

Darwin Day

Annually, the Animal Park participates in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Darwin Day celebration. Join the Center's binturong mascot, Popcorn, and one of our educational ambassador animals at the Museum in Raleigh for an afternoon of science exploration and discovery!

NC Science Festival

The Animal Park is a regular participant at North Carolina's annual Science Festival. Animal Park staff will be joining Kelvin and all the rest of the NC SciFest crew at various locations throughout the week.

Eno River Festival

Join us as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and performances along the Eno River at the annual Eno River Festival!


Are you an educator looking for some awesome virtual animal education opportunities?
Or are you a parent looking for some affordable lessons that are both
educational and fun?!
Look no further—our APEX program has offerings for everyone!