Friends of the National Zoo

Member News


FONZ Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting

FONZ members may begin reviewing 2015 nominiee bios and cast their ballot between October 8 - October 16. Newly elected members of the FONZ Board will be introduced at the FONZ Annual Meeting on October 19.

Click here to review each candidates' biographical information and cast your vote.

The 2015 FONZ Annual Meeting will be held in the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium on October 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come hear one of our resident panda experts, biologist Laurie Thompson, share updates about the National Zoo's Giant Panda Program and our newest cub, Bei Bei.

Eventbrite - FONZ Annual Meeting

2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes

Learning is Wild at the National Zoo: Registration for 2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes is Now Open!

Member Parking Information

Parking Lot A will be closed due to construction until October 24. Please park in Lots B, D, and E when visiting the Zoo.

A valid FONZ membership card with matching photo ID is required for free or discounted parking. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early when weather is nice. National Zoo parking gates open at 6:00 a.m. April through October and many animals are in their outdoor exhibits before 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.

Members who forget their membership cards, do not have matching IDs, or present illegible or expired cards or IDs, will be charged the full parking fee.

Need a temporary replacement card? Please contact the FONZ Membership Office at least 1 business day in advance your visit if notice your card is damaged or missing so that we can send you a temporary membership verification letter via email. The FONZ Membership Office can be reached directly via email or phone at (202) 633-2922, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Lost your membership cards? Replacement cards are available online for a $5.00 reprinting fee.