Register early to take part in the Zoo’s Wild Workshops. They are fun for the whole family! Each workshop features a wide variety of activities involving behind-the-scenes opportunities, hands-on activities and live animal contact.

Fees for Behind the Scenes:
Non-Members = $35.00   Members = $30.00

Fees for Enriching Zoo Animals:
Non-Members = $20.00   Members = $15.00

Fees for Beast Feast:
Non-Members = $25.00   Members = $20.00

Fees for Nature + Family = Fun!:
(This opportunity has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from The Walt Disney Company and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.)

Hyena Enrichment which was part of the “Enriching Zoo Animals.”  We made paper tube treats and got the opportunity to watch the keeper feed the treats to the hyena

2014 Wild Workshop (Family Programs) Schedule




March 15, 2014 (FULL)

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

June 21, 2014

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

September 13, 2014

Enriching Zoo Animals

Family (6 & up)

October 11, 2014 (FULL)

Behind the Scenes

Family (6 & up)

October 11, 2014

Nature + Family = Fun!


November 15, 2014

Beast Feast







For all of our Family Workshops, all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Participants must register and pay program fees by the Sunday prior to the date of each session.

Behind the Scenes
Date: October 11, 2014 FULL
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: Families with children ages 6 and up
This workshop is an exciting experience that gives you and your family a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go behind closed doors at the Buffalo Zoo! Meet zookeepers as we visit three exhibit areas to learn the daily routine of preparing animal diets, observing behavior, training and more. Don’t forget your camera!
Important Notes:
Due to the unpredictability of animals, tour experiences may vary
Please be aware that we will be visiting confined zookeeper work areas with close proximity to wild animals. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. All participants must abide by staff instructions at all times. If you require reasonable accommodation as a result of a disability or other reasons, please call 995-6128 for assistance.

Enriching Zoo Animals
Date: September 13,2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This is a family workshop not to be missed! Throughout the workshop we will learn about animal behavior to prepare various treats for the animals, and then meet up with the zookeepers. Get a chance to see zoo animals on exhibit interact with treats that you make yourself!

Beast Feast
Date: November 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
How would you prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for a rhino or a gorilla? Find out in this family workshop that begins with a light continental breakfast (for you)! We will then explore zoo animal diet and nutrition, observe zoo animals enjoying their breakfast, and even go behind-the scenes to explore the diet kitchen.

Nature + Family = Fun! (A FREE hands-on workshop bringing nature and family together)
Three convenient locations and dates allow you to pick the workshop date and site that is most convenient for you:
Date: October 11, 2014
Time:  9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. @ the Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214

Date: October 25, 2014 FULL
Time:  9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. @ Reinstein Wood Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, NY 14043

Date:  November 1, 2014
Time:  9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. @ The Aquarium of Niagara in the community room, 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Do you want to find the best way for your littlest ones (ages 0-5) to learn to connect with nature before they learn to connect with computers?  Want to discover a great way for your whole family to unplug from the world of technology, jobs, and school?

We have just the idea! Join the Buffalo Zoo and Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center for a FREE nature play workshop designed for families with at least one child ages 0-5.

“The wild” can be a fun and safe place to play, explore, and grow up.  During this workshop, families will …

  • Discover the huge benefits of nature play.
  • Break down barriers to playing outside.
  • Develop confidence in their outdoor play skills.
  • PLAY!
  • Receive a nature kit to help enhance outdoor explorations.

Please come dressed for the weather, and be prepared to get a little dirty!

This opportunity has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from The Walt Disney Company and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Pre-paid registration is required, and all participants are required to pay the workshop fee. For more information call us at (716) 995-6128


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