Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant

Instead of being right or left-handed, an elephant is either right or left tusked, which is distinguished by the one that is shorter, more rounded, and grooved at the tip.

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Catering at the Zoo

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, zoo tour and may include an animal encounter or keeper talk.

Sand Boa

A parent or guardian is required to attend preschool sessions with their child; parents are optional for sessions for kids ages 6-10. 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: $18 per child/one adult pair per session
  • Non-members: $23 per child/one adult pair per session
  • $12 for each additional child or adult (member or non) in the same session

Under the Sea

Come out of your shell and join us as we make waves and celebrate World Oceans Day! "Seas" the day and help us as we honor and protect this critical resource and home to amazing animals. We'll be sure to pay a visit to some of the zoo's fishy and squishy friends along the way!

Ages 3-5 with parent
Friday, June 2
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 3-5 with parent
Saturday, June 3
10:30 a.m.-noon

Ages 6-7 parent optional
Saturday, June 3
1:30-3 p.m.

Ages 8-10 parent optional
Saturday, June 3
1:30-3 p.m.

Become an Edventure Academy graduate! Each child who attends 6 or more classes during the 2016-17 school year is invited to attend the Edventure Academy graduation ceremony during our annual Member Appreciation Event on Wednesday, June 28. Join the distinguished alumni of this fabulous program!

EdVenture Academy Wild Beginnings

Want to try EdVenture Academy, but your child is too young?  Give the program a try with these programs tailored just for little ones, aged 12 months to 3 years.  Each themed class includes animal biofacts, nature-themed sensory play, a story and a live animal encounter!  Young ones will explore with their senses as well as develop language and motor skills in the process during this early learning adventure.


  • Members: $6 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $9 per child/adult pair
  • $5 per additional child (member or non) in the same session

EdVenture Academy Wild Beginnings: Under the Sea

Friday, June 2, 2017
10:30-11:15 a.m.

Twilight at the Zoo: Family Edition

Family Twilight: Game of Tones

Friday, June 9
6:30-8 p.m.
Members: $20 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $25 per child/adult pair

Without music, life would "B flat." From sweet songbird melodies to the trumpeting of elephants and rabbits drumming, animals compose beautiful symphonies. Join us as we grab an instrument and discover and mimic songs of wildlife.

Ages 3-10 with parent

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 (315) 435-8511 x205. 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. We will not issue rainchecks or transfers/credit.

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

Onondaga County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in employment or the provision of services. Links: Onondaga County's policy, complaint process, and language assistance or disability access issues.