Barred Tiger Salamander

Barred Tiger Salamander

The tiger salamander is a “species of special concern” in California and is “endangered” in New York State. They are beneficial to the environment as insect eaters.

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Edventure Academy


Winter Weather Policy

All education programs, including Edventure Academy, camps, and overnights, will run as scheduled unless the zoo has been closed by order of Onondaga County administration. Sorry, but no refunds or rain checks will be given for 'no-shows' for any reason.

Edventure Academy

Edventure Academy provides a unique opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! Each session is specifically designed for the age group indicated and includes a craft, snack, biofact (skulls, fur, feathers, etc.) presentation, a zoo tour, and may include an animal encounter or keeper talk.

Edventure Academy

A parent or guardian is required to attend preschool sessions with their child; parents are optional for 6-9 year old sessions. Class size is limited to ensure that your child has the most educational and fun experience we can offer! Please help us by leaving toddlers and infants at home. Pre-registration is required for all sessions; a minimum number of registrants is required to run all Edventure Academy programming.


  • Members: $15 per child/one adult pair per session
  • Non-members: $20 per child/one adult pair per session
  • $9 for each additional child or adult (member or non) in the same session

If you prefer to register by check, please click here to download a registration form and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form.

Twilight at the Zoo: Family Edition!

This program is full. To be added to our waitlist, please email Ashlea with the number of children's tickets you need and your contact information.

Spring into the Zoo!       

Friday, May 2            
6:30-8 p.m.
$15 for the first child, $9 per each additional child; parents FREE with paid child!

As the trees start to bud, the days get longer and the air warms, the animals at the zoo change, too! Join us to explore the zoo after hours! This unique experience will give your family the opportunity to visit the zoo in the evening with a zoo educator and learn all about how animals change with the seasons! This experience will include a personal tour of some of the best areas in the zoo to spot animals, a spring-inspired craft and a sensational snack!


Terrific Tigers! 

Join us as we watch our tiger family romp and play in the cool spring weather! We'll see our tigers get some tasty treats, create a stripy craft, and find out what makes the tiger tops during this tiger-ific class!

FR050214 3-5 with one parent May 2, 2014
This class is full.
AM050314 3-5 with one parent May 3, 2014 This class is full.
KA050314 6-7 parent optional May 3, 2014 This class is full.
KB050314 8-9 parent optional May 3, 2014 This class is full.

Goin' Buggy!    Reserve Now

What in the world is a bug, anyways? We'll go on a bug safari, meet some insects up close and personal, and create a buggy craft in this crawly class!

FR060614 3-5 with one parent June 6, 2014
This class is full.
AM060714 3-5 with one parent June 7, 2014 This class is full.
KA060714 6-7 parent optional June 7, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm
KB060714 8-9 parent optional June 7, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm

For questions please call Ashlea at (315) 435-8511 x124 or e-mail

Consent and Waiver Policy

Every participant under the age of 18 without a parent or legal guardian on the premises during the education program must have a signed consent and waiver form on file with the education department. This form will be kept on file for one (1) year, so you only need to fill it out once. If your child's medical history, including food allergy or activity restrictions changes, please notify the education department to update your file at 435-8511 ext. 124. To download the education program consent and waiver form, please click here.

Cancellation Policy

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the wait list can fill the space. If there is no wait list for the session indicated, we cannot issue a refund. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund.

Please check the website throughout the throughout the school year for current Edventure Academy offerings!