Events and Programs

Breakfast with the Animals

Join us at the Mill Mountain Zoo every 3rd Saturday, May-October for a unique opportunity to have breakfast with the animals.  Guests will be treated to a light breakfast buffet and the chance to meet one of the zoo’s education outreach animals.  This will be immediately followed by a special chat with zookeepers as they amaze our guests with more fun and educational facts about our animal residents.  This intimate experience will allow zoo visitors to learn more about various animals’ diets, behavior and personalities.  Following the chat, there will be a child-focused and parent-assisted project and activity sheet that will be designed to further foster excitement and knowledge about the featured animals.

Remember to make reservations–space is limited!
Breakfast with the Animals starts at 8:30am sharp!
Please be on time!
Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Cost per breakfast:
Members: $9 for Children/$12 for Adults/$35 for Family of 4
Non-Members: $12 for Children/$15 for Adults/$45 for Family of 4

Breakfast with the Animals Schedule

Saturday, May 20-Breakfast with the Birds
Join us for breakfast and stay for some great conversation with a keeper about our feathered friends.  When the chat is over, children will craft their own adorable bird companion and do an activity sheet designed to get the whole family exploring the zoo.

Saturday, June 17- Dine with the Domesticated
Come for some delicious breakfast and stay to learn about the domesticated animal residents found at Mill Mountain Zoo.  Once the keeper chat is over, children will create a crayon watercolor resist painting of their favorite domesticated critter and then do a fun activity sheet themed around these animals.

Saturday, July 15-Snacking with Snakes
In honor of World Snake Day on July 16th, this breakfast will celebrate our slithery residents.  Many people get nervous around snakes, but they are really fascinating animals!  Have breakfast, and then explore the wonderful world of snakes, and you’ll see that they’re really not so bad after all.  After the keeper chat, guests will make fun paper pythons and do a snake themed activity sheet.

Saturday, August 19-Nibble with Native Species
North America is home to many captivating animals.  Enjoy breakfast, and then stay to learn about some of the native species living here at the zoo.  Afterwards, children will design a collage of their favorite North American animal and do an activity sheet themed around the native species found at the zoo.

Saturday, September 16-Feast with the Furry
Are you a fan of all things furry and fluffy?  To commemorate International Red Panda Day, keepers will talk about our red panda, as well as some of our other mammalian residents.  Once breakfast and the keeper chats are over, guests will do a texture rubbing picture of their favorite furry critter and then do an activity sheet containing even more mammal fun!

Saturday, October 21-Eating with the Endangered
Did you know last week was Wolf Awareness Week and that Mill Mountain Zoo is home to red wolves, which are one of the most endangered species in the world?  Come for some tasty breakfast and learn about our red wolves and interesting information about some of our other endangered species as well.  Following that, guests will do a 3-dimensional Model Magic sculpture of their favorite endangered species and do an activity sheet related to those animals.

Advanced registration REQUIRED.  Download registration form, and return to Mill Mountain Zoo with full payment.

Art Gone Wild

Saturday, May 20 1-3pm/Ages 8-12
Tuesday, June 20 10-12am/Ages 6-9
Wednesday, July 26 2-4pm/Ages 6-9
Friday, July 28 10-12pm/Ages 8-12

Does your child like animals?  Does your child also like art?  Why not combine the two together?!?  This 2 hour class will give children the opportunity to use the zoo’s residents as inspiration for fun, colorful and unique art projects.  Painting, 3-dimensional work and multi-media projects are just a few of the possible, critter-themed activities children will have a chance to participate in.

Member:  $15
Non-Member: $20

Wine Fest

Saturday, June 17 5:00-8:30pm

Please join us at our first annual Wine Fest and taste libations from Fincastle Winery, Whitebarrel Winery and Virginia Mountain Vineyards at the Mill Mountain Zoo. Music will be provided by Kombucha Trio and light cuisine will be provided by Center Stage Catering. Children are welcome as well! Tickets in Advance: Member:  $15 Non-Member: $20 Tickets at the Gate: Member: $20 Non-Member: $25. In honor of our 65th Anniversary, zoo memberships will be on sale for $65 the night of the event!

Visit our online store to purchase tickets today!

Summer Camp

Mill Mountain Zoo’s popular summer camps are a terrific way to introduce your child to the animal kingdom or to foster an existing interest in the feathered, furry and scaly critters we share the planet with.  Each 3 day camp is designed to encourage a child’s respect and enthusiasm for the natural world through hands-on, fun and educational activities.  Besides shadowing and assisting keepers, campers will experience up-close animal encounters, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, scientific explorations and OH, SO MUCH MORE!  There are camps available for ages 8-13.

Special Notes!

  • All camps are outdoors and go rain or shine so students must dress appropriately. Tennis shoes are best.  No flip flops, sandals or crocs please!
  • All camps are from 9am-3:30pm, although there is After Camp Care available.
  • Campers will need to bring a lunch. The zoo will provide water and juice.
  • Space in all camps is limited. Registration is required one full week prior to the start date of the camp.
  • The Emergency Medical Form and the Liability Form will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form. Please return forms by the start date of camp.
  • No refunds unless zoo cancels camp.

Member: $160
Non-Member: $180

Camp Schedule

Camps for ages 8-10
June 27-29               Zookeeper 101                   
Just what does a zookeeper do?  Campers will get to explore the various animal husbandry techniques it takes to care for the many birds, mammals and reptiles that make up Mill Mountain Zoo’s collection.  The importance of animal enrichment for an animal’s well-being will also be explored.

July 18-20                 Zookeeper 101                   
Just what does a zookeeper do?  Campers will get to explore the various animal husbandry techniques it takes to care for the many birds, mammals and reptiles that make up Mill Mountain Zoo’s collection.  The importance of animal enrichment for an animal’s well-being will also be explored.

Camp for ages 10-13
August 1-3    Junior Zookeepers                                   
Junior Zookeepers builds on the information that campers learned in Zookeeper 101.  Campers will delve further into how animals are cared for at the zoo as they assist keeper staff with some of their daily duties.  Be ready to get dirty!
Requirements for Junior Zookeepers:
It is preferred that campers have taken Zookeeper 101 this summer or a previous summer.  Campers also need to submit a letter stating why they think they would be a good Junior Zookeeper

To register, download reservation form and return, with full payment, to Mill Mountain Zoo.

Animal Enrichment Fun!

Thursday, June 29 2-4pm/Ages 8-12
Tuesday, July 11 10-12am/Ages 12-16
Tuesday, August 8 10-12pm/Ages 8-12
Wednesday, August 16 2-4pm/Ages 12-16

A lot goes into taking good care of the animals at the zoo.  Besides feeding and cleaning, keepers also need to find creative ways to entertain the zoo’s residents.  This is called enrichment, and if you sign up for this class, you can help create some!  Not only that, you’ll get to see the animals enjoy their enrichments at the end of the program.

Member:  $15
Non-Member: $20

July  4th–Come celebrate our official 65th Anniversary. 65 years to the date from our opening in 1952!

We will be offering FREE ADMISSION to active military and first responders (with ID) all day.  We will have crafts for kids, animal encounters, keeper chats, anniversary-themed animal feedings and much more! More details to follow.

Where in the World?!?

Thursday, July 13 10-12pm
Tuesday, July 18 2-4pm

Travel the world using the animals at Mill Mountain Zoo!  Child and caregiver will follow clues on a scavenger hunt around the zoo as they learn fun facts about the animals, including where they come from.  As parent and child travel the globe, they can stamp each country they visit in a special passport they make at the start of the program.

This program is for 4-6 year olds to attend with a caregiver.

Member: $15 for one child and one caregiver
Non-Member: $20 for one child and one caregiver
$5 for each additional child attending with a caregiver

Advanced registration is recommended, but drop-ins are welcome.

65th Anniversary Summer Brew at the Zoo

Saturday, August 19 5:00-8:30pm

Come enjoy local craft beer and music at one of the only wildlife attractions on the entire span of the Blue Ridge Parkway! Stay tuned for updates and more details on this event.

65th Anniversary Fall Brew at the Zoo

Saturday, October 14 5:00-8:30pm (October Fest themed)

If you miss the August Brew at the Zoo, we’ll have another one in the fall.  Come enjoy beer and music! More details to follow.

Zoo Boo

Saturday, October 28 11-4pm

Are you looking for a great, safe place to bring your family for some howling Halloween fun?  Spend your Halloween holiday at Mill Mountain Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo!  From trick-or-treating, to costume contests, to performances and “spooktacular” art activities, Zoo Boo is a fun-filled day for the whole family!  Plus, you get to enjoy it all in the beautiful outdoor setting of Mill Mountain Zoo.  Even better, all of these activities are included with Zoo admission!  So for a “terrorably” good time, come and celebrate Halloween 2017 with the animals and staff of Mill Mountain Zoo.