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Host an Event at the Zoo

Companies that make an unrestricted donation to Smithsonian's National Zoo are invited to co-host a special event in celebration of their gift at one of the Zoo's various event sites. Your contribution supports the Zoo's important wildlife conservation, science and public education programs. Donation levels are dependent 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Events of a personal nature, such as weddings, as well as fundraising, product marketing, religious, commercially ticketed and political functions, are not permitted. Corporate events must comply with Smithsonian policies and guidelines.

For more information on locations, availability, and booking, please contact us or call 202.633.3045.

New Event Space: Conservation Pavilion

The brand-new Conservation Pavilion is an airy space with vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the lower end of the Zoo. With a lighted outdoor plaza, full A/V capabilities and climate control, guests will delight in the Zoo's newest LEED-Certified space. Capacity is 120 for a banquet, 200 for a reception and 250 for an indoor/outdoor combination. Call today to book: 202-633-3045!

  • an interior view of conservation pavilion
  • a close up view of a table and display wall in conservation pavilion
  • the outside of conservation pavilion