Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Dragon Sensory Hours: The dragons will be asleep from 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Novelis Party for the Planet

Earth Day Clean Up


A two-day celebration of Planet Earth - Clean Up, Create, and Connect!

We invite the community to help spruce up the zoo grounds. Sign up for “Clean Up” to help with weeding, raking, mulching and trash pickup around the zoo starting at 9 a.m.

You can also “Create” better habitats for wildlife by doing a cleanup in your own neighborhood, planting wildflowers or a tree – then watch as these habitats flourish with life!

“Connect” and share your photos of what you did to improve your local habitat via social media with the hashtags #syracusezoo and #CelebratePlanetEarth for a chance to win a special prize!

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to join in the fun and help support our mission? Volunteer! Join our Earth Day Clean Up as a group or individual, help setup for Party for the Planet and more.

For more information, please contact Event and Volunteer Coordinator Chris Omolino at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8528.

Calling Local Artisans and Businesses!

Friends of the Zoo is offering a great opportunity for local artisans and businesses to participate in Party for the Planet.

To apply - download and fill out the pdf form below. Please return completed application form to Olivia Fottrell, Development Associate at [email protected]


** Please submit your logo and website with your application. **

For more information, please contact Development Associate Olivia Fottrell at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8518

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

2024 Exhibitors

  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Lakewood Studio
  • NYS Department of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • SEEC at ESF
  • Onondaga County Public Libraries
  • Greening USA
  • Leanna's Art Room
  • Onondaga Earth Corps
  • Climate Change Awareness and Action
  • Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
  • Snailblazers 
  • Alliance for a Green Economy

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