Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Upcoming Events

Autumn Conservation Festival

October 3 & 4, 2015

Notice: With the declaration of a State of Emergency in Virginia due to Hurricane Joaquin, we have made the tough decision to cancel the Autumn Conservation Festival at SCBI this year. More information to come.

Join us for an unforgettable day of tours, and activities at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chat with our world-famous scientists one-on-one and learn about their fascinating research that spans the globe. Scientists will also be on hand to help you explore the tools and technology they use to understand animals and their environments.

Boo at the Zoo

October 23, 24, 25, 2015

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

Night of the Living Zoo

October 30, 2015

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

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 202.633.4470.