September Events at the Toledo Zoo

Daily Dose  |  08/07/2018 9:00 am

It may be back to school time, but it is also back to the Zoo time!

Overnights and Snooze at the Zoo
Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 28, 29                         
Spending the night at the Zoo is a wildly good time for families, groups and schools. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for our animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy delicious meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m. - 10 a.m. the next day. Separate fee, pre-registration required. For more information, including pricing and available dates, visit

Grandparents’ Day & Day of Honor
Sunday, Sept. 9                                        
Celebrate the grandest of them all with a family trip to the Toledo Zoo! Grandparents receive free admission when accompanied by at least one grandchild.
Join us in this annual salute to all those who keep us safe. All military, police, firefighters and EMTs receive free admission with badge or professional ID. An array of safety vehicles will be on display in the Main Plaza for visitors to enjoy. Day of Honor is supported by Marathon Petroleum Company. For more information, please visit

Garden Tour: Collecting & Saving Seeds
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Learn how to collect and save seeds from your favorite annuals, perennials and vegetables. In addition to basic seed science, learn which varieties are best for collection, when and how to collect them and how to store seeds to keep them viable for planting next season. Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. Separate fee, pre-registration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Please visit

Senior Safari
Tuesday, Sept. 18                                        
Join the Toledo Zoo and Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors, including lunch, health screenings, exercise, safety tips and Zoo exploration! Seniors aged 60 and better receive free parking and free Zoo admission! For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit

Homeschool Open House
Wednesday, Sept. 19                                                 
Homeschool families! Explore the Zoo and enjoy special programs, tours and activities just for homeschoolers. Guests will get a chance to preview lessons from our Around the World series for 2018-2019 while meeting live animals up close. The cost to participate is $10 per family. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and are held in an open house format. (Zoo admission and parking rates apply.)

Enrichment Day: Prowl & Play
Saturday, Sept. 22                                              

Learn how we encourage natural behaviors among our animals. For example,a toilet paper tube becomes a game of hide and seek while a grapevine wreath becomes a snack-time puzzle! Join us for keeper talks, enrichment demonstrations and more. For more information and a schedule, please visit

Garden Tour: Fall in the Garden
Tuesday, Sept 25                                                
Come see how the horticulture staff puts the grounds to bed. You will learn fall pruning and mulching techniques, how to divide and store plants, select and plant spring-flowering bulbs, protect newly-planted landscapes and much more. Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. Separate fee, pre-registration is required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Please visit

Luminous Nights Opening Night
Friday, Sept. 28                                                   
More than 500 hand-crafted Chinese lanterns illuminate the Zoo during this after-dark fall festival! The spotlight will shine on Asian culture with the addition of professional live acrobatic shows on the weekends, community cultural activities during the week and themed food and beverage options! Luminous Nights is open September 28 – November 4! More details, including admission prices, hours and activities can be found at

Senior Discovery Days
Weekdays in Sept. & Oct.                                
Every Tuesday, seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and fun activities during the Zoo's Senior Discovery Days, plus great discounts during the rest of the week. For more information, please visit