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Your Great Plains Zoo is an affordable source of fun for the whole family! Throughout the year, we host a variety of events that focus on the cornerstones of our mission: education, conservation, recreation, and discovery. Click on the event you'd like to explore to learn more. Every time you visit your Great Plains Zoo, you help us carry out our mission and save animals from extinction!

2022 Special Event Listing:


Event Date

Woo at the Zoo

Feb. 12 

Animal Enrichment Day

March 26

Hug a Bunny

April 16

Party for the Planet

April 30

ZooBrew Launch Party (Fernson Downtown)

May 26

Cinco de Rhino

May 7


June 11

Zippity Zoo Day

June 25

Hy-Vee Name the Baby Contest

July 4-22

Expedition ZooFalls

July 28

Animal Enrichment Day/Member Appreciation

Aug. 13


Oct. 28-30 

Santa at the Zoo

Dec. 3

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world.  The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones.  Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.