Events

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 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, Saturn, and the Moon with your binoculars or telescope. Join us November 18-19, 2022 for our second outing of the 2022 season!



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.


Earth Day at the Animal Park

Join us in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Our Self-Guided Safari Day from 11am-3pm will have guests learning about various ways they can help save the planet and help animals like ours! We will have a fun craft station where guests can make enrichment from recycled materials, we'll have a fun fossil dig for kids to learn about prehistoric predators, and also our nature trails will be open for exploring.


Lions, Tigers, & Beer

 

A wildly popular event since its inception in 2017, we are excited to bring this amazing event back in 2023.  Before guests tour our zoological park, they get to sample food and beer pairings inspired by our animals including tigers, lions, and lynx. Even better, we partner with local restaurants and breweries like Bright Penny, Full Steam, Dingo Dog Brewery, 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 2022), 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 to admire the residents you find most enjoyable.


 

Celebrate The Wild


 
Events

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.
Events
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!