Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Upcoming Events

World Oceans Day

June 11, 2016

It's not just marine animals who depend on oceans for survival—virtually all life on earth is affected by these massive bodies of water. This World Oceans Day event will feature a variety of activities, crafts, games, and demonstrations celebrating ocean health and conservation. Learn what you can do to help protect oceans in your everyday life, and find out what Zoo scientists are doing to support ocean conservation at this free, family-friendly event. Don't miss this opportunity to connect to the ocean, and be among the first Zoo visitors to experience the "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea"exhibit!

Brew at the Zoo

July 21, 2016

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo. With over 70 craft brews, live music, food trucks, and exciting animal demonstrations, it’s a night not to be missed.
Drink beer. Save wildlife.

Enrichment Day

September 10, 2016

Join us for the Smithsonian's National Zoo's most exciting day of the year—Enrichment Day! Attend demonstrations, participate in training and enrichment activities, and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals.

Giant Panda Birthday Celebration

August 21, 2016

Come celebrate the birthdays of giant pandas Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian Tian. Visitors can watch as the giant pandas devour frozen birthday "cakes" and see animal demonstrations.

Birthday Parties

FONZ family members have the opportunity to throw a wild birthday celebration at the Zoo. Parties are held on weekends throughout the year.

Sponsor an Event

Find out how your company can partner with FONZ to sponsor an event—and reach a huge audience of people who love the renowned National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

Host an Event

The Zoo can also be a great venue for YOUR special event! Corporations, associations, and others who make unrestricted gifts to the Zoo are invited to co-sponsor a special celebratory event and can choose to hold a dinner, reception, picnic, or other similar activity in accordance with our special event policy and guidelines.

FONZ and the National Zoo host a variety of fun and educational special events and celebrations. Some are free, some are fundraisers, and all are a guaranteed great time.

For information on membership or our events, please call phone icon202.633.4470.