Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable: our annual Pumpkin Prowl event!
Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center!
From 11:00 to 11:45, decorate or carve a pumpkin as enrichment for our animals! Starting at noon, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors while the kids play autumn-inspired field games. While you're enjoying the games, taking photos, and meeting our mascots, we will decorate our animals' habitats with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. Starting at 1:00 p.m., watch as our animals discover these fascinating new items in their habitats!
Have you ever wondered why we train Arthur Tiger to touch a target, or why it’s important to be able to check a wolf’s paws and ears, or what caracals like to eat for snacks? During Pumpkin Prowl, while you watch the animals explore their enrichment at your own pace, you can also learn interesting facts about how we care for our animal residents from our staff and trained handlers at the Conservators Center!
Our favorite food truck, locally owned and operated Porchetta, will return with their delicious spread of Italian style seasoned pork sandwiches, sausages, burgers, and vegetarian options.
Iron Gate Wineryalso returns with wine for purchase by the glass or bottle, including some of the Center's very own custom labels.
Enjoy local brews from Mystery Brewing of Hillsborough, NC, also returning as a crowd favorite.
Tenco Coffee, a mobile coffee truck will be onsite with both hot and cold drinks.
Event Schedule - Saturday, Nov. 17th, 2018
- 11:00am: Check-In Opens
- 11:00am - 11:45am: Pumpkin carving and decorating
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Enjoy food and drinks from local vendors while the kids play autumn-inspired field games, and visit our fun photo stations.
- 1:00pm: Animal park opens - watch as our animals discover these fascinating new items in their habitats
- 3:00pm: Farewell roar & park closes
Accessibility, Safety, and Pets
The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.
If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.
For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.