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The Zoo Can Be a Venue for Your Special Event

Wonderfully Wild

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers organizations the extraordinary opportunity to host an event surrounded by magnificent wildlife in a fun and educational environment.

With unique ways to amaze, inform, and entertain your guests, creating a memorable event is easy at the Zoo! Imagine a picnic at the Great Meadow while marveling at the orangutans swinging freely overhead. Or explore a working lab full of artifacts and animals in Amazonia Science Gallery. Your imagination and our living exhibits make every event at the Zoo special.

Give a Little, Get a Lot

Companies and organizations that make an unrestricted donation to the Zoo are invited to co-host a special event at one of the Zoo’s various event sites. Special events include company picnics, evening receptions, meetings, or similar activities that are in accordance with Smithsonian policies and guidelines.

Social events of a personal nature are not permitted. This includes weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, as well as fundraising, product marketing, religious, and political functions.

Donation levels are dependant on event site, time of event, and group size. Donations are tax-deductible and do not include any direct event costs such as catering, tents, or additional expenses. Donations support the Zoo’s important wildlife conservation, science, and public education programs.

The "Bear" Essentials

Leave the details to us. From catering and tents to group activities and entertainment, we can take care of all the arrangements.

For more information on Birthday Parties, click here or call 202-633-3024.

See below for group meal packages.

Adventures await you at the National Zoo!

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Group Packages at the National Zoo

Bringing a group to visit the National Zoo? Want a meal or snack while you are here? Need guaranteed bus parking? Check out our Group Package program to experience a hassle-free visit. For groups of 15 or more choose from the two packages described below to best enjoy your trip to the National Zoo.

Zoo Adventure Package

Looking for a lunch stop where you can park your bus hassle-free? This is it! Zoo Adventure groups are welcomed by a greeter and receive reserved bus parking, full meals, and a souvenir Zoo button. Meals include a choice of the following sandwiches, chips, whole fruit, and choice of drink.

  • Roasted Turkey Breast on Wheat
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly on White
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Zoo Stop Package

Bringing a group for a short visit? This package is for you! Zoo Stop groups are welcomed by a greeter and receive reserved bus parking, snacks, and souvenir Zoo buttons. The snack consists of a bag of cookies and a bottle of water.

Please fill out this form to reserve one of these great packages now. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.