NC Science Festival - Animal Park at Conservators Center
All of APRIL 2021

NC SciFest Month!

Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival 2021 with this FREE event!


Funded entirely by the North Carolina Science Festival – the Animal Park VIRTUAL Science Fest Program will be happening for the entire month of APRIL! This event is FREE for all families that sign up.

This will be a fun and educational way for participants all over the state to get involved from the comfort of their own home. This is a perfect way to let students and parents work at their own pace and stay safe and healthy during this time. The Animal Park will be sending out at home “animal kits” for students. These kits were designed to help learn about specific animals that live at our park! Each family that signs up will receive a box full of hair samples, pictures, information sheets, smell samples, and other exciting elements in order to teach them about the specific animal. Some of the animals that we will be making boxes for are lions, tigers, leopards, arctic foxes, fennec foxes, jungle cats, and binturongs. The students will be able to keep all of the elements in their box so they can remember this wonderful experience.

The core of the Animal Park’s mission is education, which we strive to bring to life every day for the residents of North Carolina. Enjoy visiting exotic animals and participating in these fun activities. This virtual event is FREE. To sign up for this event, e-mail Elise Gammon at

The North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. The annual month-long celebration of science brings together hundreds of community events across North Carolina each year in April. This year there are both in-person and virtual events. The Festival presents a unique opportunity for North Carolinians of all ages to celebrate and engage with science. The Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Home GROWN Animals

Join Animal Park educators virtually for an up-close look at our animals in action.

Join Animal Park educators virtually for an up-close look at our animals in action.

Sign up in advance to receive an event package in the mail that will come in handy on the day of the virtual event. Participants will tune in to one of five different online sessions. Each will last 1 hour to allow groups to have a more personalized experience!

Once the event day has arrived, we will have everyone tune into the event via Zoom. We will start with our smallest animals and work our way through the park to our largest and focus on the sizes and athleticism of the animals that call the park home!

After our walk about, our educators will lead some interactive activities to learn more about the size and strength of these animals.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, 17 April 2021

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fees: $20 per family (per box)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Earth Day at the Animal Park

Celebrate Earth Day at the Animal Park as We Host Self-Guided Safaris with an Emphasis on Conservation

Celebrate Earth Day at the Animal Park as we host Self-Guided Safaris with an emphasis on conservation practices that visitors can easily learn to do at home or in their everyday life!

In our picnic shelter area, there will be different science-fair-like stands to teach students and parents more about conservation and how animals rely on our planet. Students who sign up for a tour that day are encouraged to rent out a table to set up their own research or animal project. Groups and troops are welcome to rent tables out as well. Each table will get a certificate for participating in The Animal Park Science Fair!

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, 24 April 2021

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fees: $15 dollars per 3 hours at a table. Each table will come with one certificate, but additional certificates can be made for $5 extra.

Important Information

Need to Know Before You Go

Details For Your Visit to the Animal Park at the Conservators Center

Accessibility, Safety, and Pets

The Animal Park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.

If you are planning to visit the Animal Park, please take a moment to review and complete our online tour waiver. If you would like, you can also download and print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to your arrival. Waivers will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.

For safety reasons, the Animal Park does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Park will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.


Are you an educator looking for some awesome virtual animal education opportunities?
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