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Asia Conservation Series – March 6, April 3 & May 1
From rainforests to deserts, Asian environments that are home to some of the world's most iconic species are under threat from intensive development, human population growth and habitat destruction on an unprecedented scale. Join us for the 2014 Conservation Speaker Series to hear about what is being done to protect three of these imperiled species.

Eggstravaganza – Saturday, April 12 & Saturday, April 19
A spring tradition for all of Des Moines, Eggstravaganza is an event for the entire family. Featuring photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, crafts and a golden egg hunt. This event is perfect for guests with small children.


Member's Walking Club - Kickoff Thursday, May 1
Looking for a wild place to exercise this spring and summer? If you are a zoo member interested in staying fit, register and become part of the Blank Park Zoo’s Walking Club. Join us at the zoo on Thursday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m. to kick off this year’s Walking Club.


Gators on the Green – Monday, May 19
Blank Park Zoo continues its mission to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation with our 3rd annual Gators on the Green fundraising event! Driven by our Zoo Ambassadors, this tournament is sure to be on par with the best events in town!

Zoo Brew – Wednesdays in June, July & August
Zoo Brew is back! For those 21 & over, Blank Park Zoo comes to life after hours every Wednesday in the summer. This popular event features a variety of live music, themes and brews while guests enjoy the animals on the Zoo. The middle of the week is now something to look forward to!


Campout at the Zoo – June 13 -14, July 18-19, August 8-9
Gear up! Pack your bags and prepare for an overnight unlike any you’ve had before. Enjoy creatures of the zoo at night at the Campout at the Zoo! Blank Park Zoo invites guests to take a snooze at the Zoo as you hear the howls of the night and the coos of the morning on this campout adventure!


Zoobilation: Around the World - Blank Park Zoo's Annual Gala - Friday, June 20
As a Blank Park Zoo supporter, you’re invited to travel the world right here in Des Moines! Food & beverage, live entertainment and our animal friends will highlight areas from across the globe!


Adventure Days Festival – July 11-12
Join us for this new two day twist on Adventure Days! On Friday, July 11 (members-only event) & Saturday, July 12, the Zoo will be buzzing with different activities for all ages at Adventure Days Festival. Grab your lawn chair and listen to live entertainment, stop by our arts & crafts marketplace, participate in the many family activities, and taste the great brews & food that will be available!


Butterfly Festival - Saturday, July 26
Join Blank Park Zoo at the Butterfly Festival as we kick off our newest conservation project, Plant. Grow. Fly.!  We will celebrate our most eye-popping pollinators with crafts and activities for families, meet-and-greets with local gardening, bee and butterfly experts along with much, much more! Learn what YOU can do to help our pollinators thrive.


Bridal Sneak Peek – Friday, August 29
Wedding planning can be a bit of a zoo in itself! Let us help with the process – Blank Park Zoo invites all soon-to-be brides to get a sneak peek of the Zoo as a wedding venue. Already have a venue? No problem! All of the Zoo's preferred vendors will be at the event offering amazing discounts and prizes. 


Zooktoberfest – Thursday, September 25
Fertig machen! Zoo Brew is back with an Oktoberfest twist! Be part of Zooktoberfest this fall at Blank Park Zoo - a mash-up of the popular Zoo Brew and the ever famous Oktoberfest! Come out and enjoy live music, best seasonal beers, Oktoberfest-style food, and pretzel necklaces. Join us for this 21 & over event you do not want to miss!


Night Eyes – October 16-19, 23-26
After 23 years, Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo has become the sweetest Halloween fun in Central Iowa, and this year’s 24th annual event is sure to continue the tradition! Be sure to join us to see all of our magical characters, take a ride on our train and gather as many sweet treats as you can! Night Eyes supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community by the Zoo and ensures quality care for our many animal friends!


Santa at the Zoo – Saturday, December 6 & Saturday, December 13
Bring the entire family to Blank Park Zoo to enjoy a day of holiday cheer. After snapping a photo with Santa, writing a letter to the North Pole and enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa, explore the wonders of the Zoo, both indoors and outdoors! Bring along your scarf and hat and wish all of our animal friends a happy holiday!

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