Center Events - Conservators Center

Center Events

The Conservators Center hosts several annual and special events throughout the year at the park. In addition, Center staff participates in many offsite events throughout the region. Each of these events offers unique features and opportunities for visitors to learn and explore.

Events are quite different from our public tours and typically offer visitors the freedom to move about the park at their own pace. With docents stationed throughout the park to share information and answer questions, this can be a wonderful way to learn more about a favorite species, see training demonstrations and have an opportunity to ask a keeper or handler your questions.

The Center also participates in many other events and activities around the Triangle and Triad metropolitan areas. Watch for us at theMuseum of Natural Sciences during many of their celebrations, including Darwin Day!

Have Questions Please check our Tour FAQ! You can also send us an email from our Contact Us page, or give us a call at 888.650.1139.

Onsite Events

Events planned throughout the year provide fun, exciting educational opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages!

Girl Scout Day

Girl Scouts spend an exciting day meeting the animals from as close as 5 feet away, participating in an information scavenger hunt for facts (some serious and some silly) about the Center and our animal residents, create toys for critters and crafts, play games, and make s'mores and more at this wildly popular event.

Lions, Tigers, & Beer

A wildly popular event in 2017 & 2018.  Before guests toured our zoological park, they sampled food and beer pairings inspired by our animals—animals like tigers, lions, and lynxes. Even better, we partnered with local restaurants and breweries like Haw River Ales, Saint Jacques, and more to bring you the best cuisine North Carolina has to offer.

Tree Toss

Tree Toss is the Conservators Center's signature event. Held in January each year, we use unsold evergreen trees donated from Cranberry Tree Farm to provide one of a kind enrichment to our residents! You'll see our lions, tigers, leopards, and wolves, as well as many other residents, play with their treats, trees, and toys made by visitors at Arthur's Workshop. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets early!

Pumpkin Prowl

Grab a coat and a friend, and join us for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, the most unique and thrilling way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina! Join us in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins; after our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures, watch as they introduce our animals to an autumn wonderland. Enjoy the fun at your own pace because Pumpkin Prowl is a self-guided walk-about event, meaning you can spend as much time as you want admiring the residents you find most enjoyable.

Offsite Events

We participate in a number of events throughout the Triangle and Triad areas to further our outreach and bring wildlife education to a broader audience.