The weather may be frigid and cold, but the Utica Zoo wants our community to learn to love the winter. Our area offers so many fantastic winter options and the Utica Zoo is bringing a new family friendly event to highlight all that winter has to offer.


Winter in the Wild will take place on February 29th from 10am-3pm on the grounds of the Utica Zoo. Along with 4x Olympian and Bronze medalist Erin Hamlin as Utica Zoo’s Winter Ambassador, bring the entire family to enjoy snowshoe and luge demos, a Q&A panel with CNY Olympians, chili cook-off between Utica Professional Firefighters and Rome Professional Firefighters, Hockey puck shootout with Utica College Hockey, DJ, Zoo Scavenger Hunt, Winter animal keeper talks and meet and greets, crafts and games, photo opportunity with Erin Hamlin’s Olympic Flag Bearer jacket and gloves, winter related clubs and organizations, food, hot cocoa, and coffee, and lots more!


“For a long portion of the year here in Central New York, we live with winter weather-ice, snow, and cold. However, we have so much to take advantage of during the winter months to stay active, and the Utica Zoo is one of those great things to enjoy during the winter,” said Marketing Coordinator at the Utica Zoo, Mark Simon. “The Utica Zoo is open 363 days a year, and we wanted to bring all of the wonderful winter activities we are privileged to have access to during the winter. We knew working with Erin Hamlin would be a wonderful connection to the winter sports world and she has been a fantastic advocate for the Zoo and all of the great things that can happen when you embrace winter.”


Winter in the Wild is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Sponsor and club/organization opportunities are still available. Contact to inquire. For more information about Winter in the Wild, visit .


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