ZOO EVENT CALENDAR 2014 

April

Zoo-to-Do

Saturday, April 12

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Local residents are invited to help with a Zoo improvement project during this community volunteer day. Work takes place in the Zoo gardens and/or exhibits. Volunteers receive lunch and two Zoo guest passes. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator by phone (805) 962­-5339, ext. 153 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

Cost: free. Pre-registration required, must be 13 years or older.

 

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Spring Zoo Camp

April 14 and April 21
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp features age-appropriate themed programs for kids ages 3 to 12, including games, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, animal-related crafts, songs and skits. Register online or contact the Conservation Education Department by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone: (805) 679-8500.

Cost: $40/day for SB Zoo Members; $45/day for non-members. Discount given if registered for five or more days. 

 

NEW! At the Watering Hole: Conversations about Conservation
Galapagos Islands: How a Finch, a Tortoise, and Charles Darwin Changed the Course of Modern Science"

Thursday, April 17
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.

Zoo Director Nancy McToldridge explores the Galapagos Islands through photographs, stories, and history. When Charles Darwin visited the archipelago as the HMS Beagle's naturalist, he uncovered secret clues to natural selection, and wrote about the natural wonders of this unique ecosystem that still holds the fascination of mankind.

Cost: Individual Conversation $20/$15 for SB Zoo Members, Conversation Series (3) $45/$40 for SB Zoo Members, or Year of Conversations $85/$75 for SB Zoo Members. Buy tickets 

 

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Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

As part of Earth Day, Zoo guests find out how to help make the world a better place for both animals and for humans, and enjoy interactive eco-friendly activities. More details to be announced. 
Note: the Zoo also has a booth at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival held in Alameda Park on April 24 and 25. 

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

 

Volentine Family Gallery: Islands of Change 

March 21 through June 19
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; extended gallery hours during At the Watering Hole: Conversations about Conservation lecture nights and show openings

Show features the photography of the Channel Islands and Galapagos Islands by local photographers Ralph Clevenger and Mike Verbois. The Volentine Family Gallery is located inside Discovery Pavilion.

Cost: free with Zoo admission during regular hours/included with event admission during lecture nights and show openings.

 

May

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for SB Zoo Members and Foster Feeders only

Friday, May 9
4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Come explore the life of frogs while we celebrate our beloved Members with this annual tradition. In honor of the Discovery Pavilion grand opening and Frog Awareness Month, we've planned an exciting, fun-filled evening with keeper talks, free train rides, and more. Zoo Catering Services by Rincon serves a delicious dinner to round out the evening. Reservations are required for this event. 

Cost: $15/adults, $11/children 2-12; under 2 free. Buy tickets here

Early Closure: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.  

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 9
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful small zoos, not only for its animals, but for its lush landscaping and sweeping vistas.  As part of a national celebration of gardens, the Zoo holds special garden-related activities for kids in the Kallman Family Children’s Garden – each child takes home a living flower to plant in their own garden.

Cost: free with Zoo admission. 


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Sunday, May 11
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mothers get special treatment at the Zoo on Mother’s Day! The first 500 moms receive flowers and a souvenir, and a special Mother’s Day photo opportunity is available (additional charge). Keeper talks focus on mothers in the animal world. 

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

 

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"The Comeback of the Channel Island Fox"

Thursday, May 15
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.

Estelle Sandhaus, PhD, leads a conversation recounting the dramatic recovery of the wee Channel Island foxes, found only on the islands off the California coast. What first caused their numbers to drop - and what happened to bring them back? Speakers include Tim Coonan, a biologist who directs the terrestrial monitoring and restoration program at Channel Islands National Park. 

Cost: Individual Conversation $20/$15 for SB Zoo Members, Conversation Series (3) $45/$40 for SB Zoo Members, or Year of Conversations $85/$75 for SB Zoo Members. Buy tickets.

 

Volentine Family Gallery: Islands of Change 

March 21 through June 19
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; extended gallery hours during At the Watering Hole: Conversations about Conservation lecture nights and show openings

Show features the photography of the Channel Islands and Galapagos Islands by local photographers Ralph Clevenger and Mike Verbois. The Volentine Family Gallery is located inside Discovery Pavilion.

Cost: free with Zoo admission during regular hours/included with event admission during lecture nights and show openings. 

  

June 

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Saturday, June 7
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.; early entrance at 2:00 p.m. with VIP ticket

The Zoo’s fifth Zoo Brew fundraiser features tastings from 20+ breweries. Admission includes commemorative four-ounce tasting glass, unlimited brew samples, and special animal encounters. VIP tickets allow for early entrance & complimentary pub-fare appetizers. A special Zoo Brew menu and merchandise are available for sale as well. Check out the Zoo Brew page for more info. Advance purchase encouraged, as Zoo Brew sells out quickly! Tickets go on sale May 1. Must be 21+ to attend. 

World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 8
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join in the planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean with activities at the Zoo for both kids and adults. Information about how to shop for sustainable seafood will also be available. 

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

 

Father's Day

Sunday, June 15
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dads are in the spotlight at the Zoo on Father’s Day. More details TBA. 

Cost: free with Zoo admission. 


Summer Zoo Camp

June 16 - August 22
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. regular day; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. extended day

Voted “best summer camp” by both Independent and SantaBarbaraNews-Press readers’ polls, Zoo Camp introduces kids ages 3 to 12 to the wild world of animals and science. Age-appropriate themed programs include games, teacher-led workshops, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and animal-related crafts, songs and skits. Register online or contact the Conservation Education Department by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone: (805) 679-8500.

Cost: $185/half day for SB Zoo Members; $225/half day for non-members and $245 /full day for SB Zoo Members; $295/full day for non-members. 

 

Volentine Family Gallery: Islands of Change 

March 21 through June 19
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; extended gallery hours during At the Watering Hole: Conversations about Conservation lecture nights and show openings

Show features the photography of the Channel Islands and Galapagos Islands by local photographers Ralph Clevenger and Mike Verbois. The Volentine Family Gallery is located inside Discovery Pavilion.

Cost: free with Zoo admission during regular hours/included with event admission during lecture nights and show openings.

 

July

Volentine Family Gallery: The Artwork of Ben O'Hara 

July 17 through October 17.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; extended gallery hours during At the Watering Hole: Conversations about Conservation lecture nights and show openings.
Show opening & conservation partner expo is July 17 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Local artist, Ben O’Hara, focuses on local & endangered species, along with a few favorite Zoo residents, with his acrylic paintings on wood. The Volentine Family Gallery is located inside Discovery Pavilion.

Cost: free with Zoo admission during regular hours/included with event admission during lecture nights and show openings. Light appetizers and cash bar at show opening. 

 

Celebracion de Los Dignatarios

Thursday, July 31
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Presented jointly by Old Spanish Days and the Zoo, this fundraiser honors Santa Barbara’s elected officials and features live entertainment, dancing, mariachis, margaritas, and tempting treats from over 20 local restaurants. It’s Fiesta’s wildest party! Must be 21+ to attend. 

Early Closure: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

August

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Saturday, August 23
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


The wildest party in Santa Barbara goes clandestine with a sophisticated and stylish evening of mystery. Martinis are shaken, a gourmet dinner is sure to satisfy, and there’s dancing under the stars. Both silent and live auctions hold surprises and help support the Zoo. Zoofari usually sells out in advance. For tickets, call (805) 962-5339 ext. 113.  

Cost: $300 through July 31; $350 August 1 and later.

Early Closure: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.
 

October

Member Morning

Saturday, October 4
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. For SB Zoo Members and Foster Feeders only. 

Wake up with the animals and enjoy the quiet, early-morning hours at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Keeper talks and up-close animal encounters make this a great family event. Breakfast available for purchase at the Ridley-Tree restaurant.

Cost: free. 

Boo at the Zoo

Friday, October 24, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!

Cost: $15/adults, $10 children 2-12; SB Zoo Members get $1 off.


Early Closure for all three dates: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

November 

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Thursday, November 27
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time!  Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Early Closure: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

 

December 

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Sunday, December 7
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (early entrance at 9:00 a.m. for SB Zoo Members)

Learn about the beautiful and endangered snow leopards and how to save them at this one-of-a-kind family festival. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains while parents “chill.” There are also snow-related arts and crafts and more. Plus, Santa returns for photos in the Kallman Family Children’s Garden.

Cost: Festival is free with Zoo admission. Additional fee for all-day access to snow areas. 

 

cal winter campWinter Zoo Camp

December 22, 23, 26, 27, & December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Winter Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages 3 to 12 and includes games, behind-­the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts.
 
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