On-site Events

Events planned throughout the year provide fun educational opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages!

Tree Toss

Think the holiday fun ends after New Year's? Think again! In mid-January each year, we repurpose unsold evergreen trees donated from Cranberry Tree Farm to provide one-of-a-kind enrichment to our residents! Watch our lions, tigers, wolves, and many other animals play with their trees, enjoy a few treats, and discover "toys" made especially for them by our elves, i.e. you! Space is limited, so reserve your tickets early.

Wild Under the Stars

With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle and 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 with your binoculars or telescope. And if you feel like howling at the moon, go ahead—our wolves may join you!

Earth Day at the Animal Park

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, 2024. While you meet our residents on a self-guided safari, you'll also learn about things each of us can do to help save the planet—and species like ours! Make a day of it with craft stations, other fun activities, and our nature trails, which will be open for exploration.

World Binturong Day

On the second Saturday in May each year, help us honor one of the most intriguing species found here at the Park, the binturong! Visit with our resident binturong ambassadors during a self-guided safari and learn all about this fascinating keystone species.

Lions, Tigers & Beer

We're always excited when September rolls around and it's time for Lions, Tigers & Beer—a wildly popular event since its inception in 2017. After exploring the Park on a special Twilight Tour, sample food and beer pairings inspired by our animals and custom-created by talented local chefs and brewers. Eat, drink, and be merry with fun raffles, silent auctions, live music, and more.

Legends & Lore

Celebrate spooky season this October with two nights of adults-only tours that let you experience the Animal Park after dark. Meet our wolves, lions, tigers, and other residents while you learn about the legends that have given predators their fearsome reputation across millennia.


Bring the kids for a day of Halloween fun. See and learn about our animals on a short tour, play fall-themed outdoor games, show off your costume—and feast on candy!

Pumpkin Prowl

Round up your friends and family and join us for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, a wildly unique way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina! Select, decorate, and carve your pumpkin. Then play some games and try some tasty snacks from local vendors while our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures with your creations. You can watch the animals enjoy their enrichment at your own pace—Pumpkin Prowl is a self-guided safari, so spend as much time as you like admiring the residents that catch your eye.



Celebrate the Wild



Off-site Events

We participate in events throughout the Triangle and Triad areas to bring wildlife education to a broader audience. Find us at festivals and celebrations like these.