Signature Events at the Animal Park at Conservators Center
Special Events


Special Events at the Animal Park and Around the Triangle and Triad

The Animal Park hosts several annual and special events throughout the year at the park. In addition, Animal Park staff participates in many offsite events throughout the region. Each of these events offers unique features and opportunities for visitors to learn and explore.

Events are quite different from our public tours and offer many fun and unique experiences at the Animal Park. Some events are tailored towards specific audiences, such as our Girl Scout Day. Our signature events, like Pumpkin Prowl and Tree Toss for example, are special event days where you can enjoy our “open park” tour layout. Each of our events are different and vary in how the scheduling and tours are managed that day. We invite you to read more below about some of our upcoming events.

The Animal Park also participates in many other events and activities around the Triangle and Triad metropolitan areas. Watch for us at the Museum of Natural Sciences during many of their celebrations, including Darwin Day!

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Celebrate The Wild


Onsite Events

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

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!

STEM at the Animal Park

Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival 2020 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 a new habitat for animals using everyday objects, learning about various animal diets, and other various STEM activities, including our Education Room bio-facts!

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 Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon, with your binoculars or telescope..Our next Wild Under the Stars is happening in April 2020

Lions, Tigers, & Beer

A wildly popular event since its inception in 2017, we are excited to bring this amazing event back in September 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 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?

Tree Toss

Returning January 2021! Tree Toss is the Animal Park's signature event. 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!

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!