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!
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 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!
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.
Annually, the Center participates in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Darwin Day celebration. Join the Center's binturong mascot, Popcorn, and one of our educational ambassador animals at the Museum in Raleigh for an afternoon of science exploration and discovery!
NC Science Festival
The Center is a regular participant at North Carolina's annual Science Festival. Center staff will be joining Kelvin and all the rest of the NC SciFest crew at various locations throughout the week.
Eno River Festival
Join us as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and performances along the Eno River at the annual Eno River Festival!