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Walking Club - May 28 - Sept. 3
Looking for a wild place to exercise this summer?  If you are a zoo member searching for opportunities to be more active, register and become part of the Blank Park Zoo’s Walking Club. 



Animal Days - Throughout July, August, & September
Join us for one of the many animal days at Blank Park Zoo.  You'll learn about the special animal of the day, the challenges they face in the wild, and what you can do to protect the species!



Family S.T.E.M. Night – Tuesday, September 15
Join all the animals at the zoo for a special night celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Participate in fun activities throughout the zoo to encourage students to explore science and art related fields.

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival – Sunday, September 20
Join us for our second annual Monarch Festival at the Zoo on Sunday, September 20 from 12-4 PM. We will have meet and greets with local butterfly and bee experts, crafts and activities for kids, puppet shows and a “Bug Parade” where kids can dress up as their favorite insect. This year’s event will be themed around the astonishing monarch migration to Mexico. Take home a free seed packet to start your own butterfly sanctuary in your yard!

Zooktoberfest –Thursday, September 24
Fertig machen! Zoo Brew is back with an Oktoberfest twist! Be part of Zooktoberfest - 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, pretzel necklaces and of course a handful of your Zoo animal friends. 



Art for the Wild – Thursday, October 1
Art for the Wild is a fundraising art show and auction that will bring together art enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists for a common goal – to save animals! 



Night Eyes – October 15-18 & 22-25
After 24 years, Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo has become the sweetest Halloween fun in Central Iowa, and this year’s 25th  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!

Interested in volunteering for Night Eyes?  Click here to find out more!



Santa at the Zoo – Saturday, December 5 & 12
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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