Events and Programs

Night Howls

Third Thursdays, October through February from 5:30-7pm

January 17 Canceled due to snowy conditions
February 21

Bundle up and bring your friends to the zoo to hear the wolves howl, the owls hoot and the big cats call!

Participants will begin the night indoors enjoying hot cider and cookies while learning about nocturnal animals and the noises they make.  Guests will then proceed outdoors for a guided tour of the zoo in the dark to observe the creatures and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night.

Members: Children $9/Adults $12

Non-Members: Children $12/Adults$15

To pre-register, visit our Square store.

2nd Annual Fierce Films Festival

Thursday, March 14 from 6-8pm

Calling all budding filmmakers!  Mill Mountain Zoo is looking for 3-15 minute short film entries about animals, nature or conservation.  Film submissions from all ages are welcome!  Mill Mountain Zoo Staff will select 7-15 films, depending on length, to show at The Spot on Kirk from 6-8pm on March 14.  One winner will be selected at the end of the screening and will win a Mill Mountain Zoo Gift Basket and Family Membership.

All submissions must be on DVD, preferably in MP4 or AVI formats and mailed to or dropped off at the Zoo by February 8.

For the screening, all ages are welcome!

$15/non-member adult
$12/non-member child

Members get in for free!

Tickets can be purchased through our online store.

Spring Fling

Saturday, March 23 from 11-4pm

Spring is in the air!  Come up to Mill Mountain Zoo to celebrate the beginning of spring with activities related to gardening, birding and other fun things to get you thinking about springtime!  Enjoy spring themed crafts, get your face painted and of course see our great collection of animal residents.  All of the activities are included with regular zoo admission!

Spring Break Camp

Mill Mountain Zoo’s Spring Break Zoo Venture is back!  As in years past, each day has a special theme and is chocked full of fun and educational activities. There will be hands-on interactions with animals, guided zoo tours, games, art activities, stories and more.  To make it easy for any schedule, parents can pick and choose half days or full days and can enroll their children in one day or in all three!


Zoo Venture is designed for students ages 5-13.  Half day camps run from 9am-12pm or 12:30-3:30pm.  Campers can also be enrolled in the full day from 9am-3:30pm. All camps are outdoors and occur rain or shine, so students must dress appropriately. Tennis shoes are required. Full day campers should bring along a lunch that does not require refrigeration. The zoo will provide water and juice.

Registration deadline is April 8, 2019!

Reservations can only be made with full payment. No refunds are given unless the zoo cancels camp. Space in all camps is limited. To register, fill out the downloadable registration form and return to the zoo with full payment.  Registration may be faxed, mailed, e-mailed or dropped off at the zoo. No phone reservations will be accepted. Please call or email Bambi Godkin with additional questions at (540) 343-3241 x23 or

Day Rates:
Member                   Non-Member
Morning Half Day (9am-12pm)             $30                             $40
Afternoon Half Day (12:30-3:30pm)    $30                             $40
Full Day (9am-3:30pm)                          $55                              $65

3 Day Rate:
Member                Non-Member
Morning Half Day (Tues-Thurs.)            $85                             $100
Afternoon Half Day (Tues.-Thurs.)        $85                             $100
Full Day (Tues.-Thurs.)                            $160                           $180

Camp Schedule

Tuesday, April 16-Eew, That’s Gross!
Scent marking, regurgitation, eating your own skin and even eating your own…dare we say it?  Poo!  These are just a few of the behaviors animals can engage in that people may find pretty yucky.  Campers will spend the day learning why these behaviors are so important and how they actually help animals survive.

Wednesday, April 17-Extreme Animals
Many animals have amazing abilities that allow them to do extreme things.  How does a snow leopard stay warm in cold mountain temperatures?  What helps certain animals feel so at home in the water?  Campers will explore these adaptations and many others that allow animals to live and thrive in extreme conditions and do extreme things.

Thursday, April 18-Animal Detectives
What makes a bird a bird or a mammal a mammal?  Do reptiles always have scales?  Campers will learn about how animals are classified and use their detective skills to identify various animals at the zoo.