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,

Tree Planting on SW 9th Street 

What: Planting 50 trees along SW 9th beginning at Army Post Road and moving south.
When: June 9 from 9am to approximately 12pm
Where: Meet at the corner of SW 9th and Bundy Street – use the address 6601 SW 9th Street for navigation. Google map link here: Parking available along side streets and at area businesses.
Notes: Bring a shovel and gloves. Additional tools will be available for use if you do not have a shovel. Wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Refreshments will be provided. 
Sign-up here: and feel free to share this with anyone you think would like to help!
Thanks goes to: Friends of SW 9th, Blank Park Zoo, and area Trees Forever TreeKeepers
Trees Forever Information: 
Contact: Leslie Berckes, 

Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge Events

Seed Prorogation Days
Dates: Saturday May 12, Wednesday May 16
Time: 9:00 – 12:00pm
Planting plants grown in the greenhouse outside at different areas of the Refuge.  Plants grown in containers to give the root systems a head start.

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  

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 June 21, Thursday July 19, Thursday August 16
Times: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  Join us for social hour at Confluence after the event

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