Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Wild Bunch - Upcoming Events

Join the Zoo’s Wild Bunch 

Did you know Zoo employees and volunteers participate in local conservation projects outside the walls of the zoo and around Polk County!  The Zoo currently collaborates with Des Moines Parks and Recreations, Trees Forever, Polk County Conservation, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation on a variety of projects.  Join us this summer for WILD BUNCH events! 

If you are interested in learning more about our WILD BUNCH, please contact the Zoo’s Director of Volunteers & Guest Engagement, volunteer@blankparkzoo.org.

Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge Events

Invasive Species Removal
Dates: Saturday July 21, Thursday July 26.  
Time: 9:00 – 12:00pm
This will vary depending on how the growing season is going.  Pulling/cutting sweet clover, pulling Queen Anne's lace, or girdling trees are all possibilities.

Prairie Seed Harvest 
Date: Wednesday September 26, Saturday September 29 (our National Public Lands celebration).
Time: 9:00 – 12:00pm

Volunteer for Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge: To sign up for any of the dates above contact: 
Doreen at Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov  

Community Upcycle Events 

We will remove invasive plants from Grey’s Lake and bring approved browse back to the Zoo for the animals!  Giraffe, Rhinos, and Tortoise love Honeysuckle!  Please note: Volunteers must be 14 or older for Upcycle opportunities
Place:  Gray’s Lake
Dates: Thursday July 19, Thursday August 16,  Thursday September 20
Times: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  Join us for social hour at Confluence after the event

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