Sunday, April 29th, 2018

8:00 a.m., Swan Valley High School

8400 Ohern Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609


Are you ready to Run Like an Animal?

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is gearing up for its inaugural “Run Like an Animal” race.  Whether you run with the wolf pack in the 5K or Half-Marathon, or play with the pups in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, there is something for all ages to get out, get active, and get connected with nature. Half Marathon and 5K Run courses are both USA Track & Field Sanctioned and Certified.

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is thankful for the opportunity to continue with the success of the “Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids” races and will be contributing a portion of the proceeds to Covenant Kids.

Register today at


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October 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd, and 28th and 29th

12:00pm - 06:00pm


It's time to put on your costumes and head to the Saginaw Children's Zoo for our annual Halloween bash! Make your way through the merry-not-so-scary Zoo, exploring all of our spooktacular decorations! Meet some of our creepy, crawly animal friends, then take a ride on the Pirate Train. Stop by the many activity stations for a treat, a craft, or a game! Take pictures next to our hauntingly adorable photo opportunities. Don’t miss out on mad scientist Dr. Slime’s mysterious, scientific show! There's so much to do at Zoo Boo!


Zoo Members & General Public: $6.00


Discount tickets available through October 13th $5.00


Purchase your tickets here!




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Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club


What is the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club?


The Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club is a wonderful way to explore the great outdoors right here in Saginaw! We encourage families of all sizes and children of all ages to join us for an hour of nature play and nature related activities.

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What is Nature Play?

  • A safe time for structured learning and unstructured exploration
  • Open-ended and hands-on free play
  • Limited adult restraints and rules


How is Nature Play beneficial for my family?


  • Positive impacts on child development
  • Increases physical activity and decreases time spent in front of electronic screens
  • Aids in family bonding
  • Facilitates positive interactions with, and attitudes towards nature
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What does Family Nature Club involve?


  • Each meeting will include a structured activity, a walk, and time for nature play
  • Going outside to explore and connect with the world around us!
  • Feel free to join us for any sessions you can attend. You don’t have to come for every session to enjoy the fun!


We will be holding the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club on every third Wednesday of the month through April from 2pm-3pm!

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Please let us know if you are planning on attending! Click on the date you would like to attend to be brought to a registration page. Once a session’s meeting location is determined, the link to the registration page will be added. Please check back here for updates!





Meeting Location

January 17th, 2018

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Ojibway Island (meet at small pavilion along river)

February 21st, 2018

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Green Point Environmental Learning Center (3010 Maple St, Saginaw, MI 48602)

March 21st, 2018

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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April 18th, 2018

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



Are you planning on joining us for a Family Nature Club session?

Here are a few tips to help you be prepared:


  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and you are okay with getting dirty!
  • We recommend bringing weather/sun protection, a full water bottle, and a light snack
  • The trails we walk on may not all be paved
  • A Zoo staff member who is First Aid and CPR certified will be present and have a first-aid kit, but you are also welcome to bring your own
  • We encourage you to bring along anything that will help you and your family enjoy the outdoors! This can include a magnifying glass, binoculars, or a field guide, but these items are not required.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver and photo release form when you attend the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club


All sessions are free and all dates and times are subject to change. Transportation is available for Saginaw City residents. Please contact the Zoo by phone at (989)759-1408 or by email at for more information. Please keep in mind that children must be accompanied with an adult chaperone. The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square would like to thank the Children & Nature Network for supporting the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club.


The Passing of Bean, cotton-top tamarin


          With grieving hearts, we announce the loss of Bean, one of the twin tamarin monkeys, on Wednesday, May 24th. The loss is unexpected and the cause of death at this time is unknown. We have taken Bean to the Diagnostic Center for Population & Animal Health at Michigan State University, in hopes of answers. Michigan State will be conducting a necropsy, which is an autopsy for animals. As we gather more information on the cause of death, we will be releasing more information.

“After years of hoping for a successful birth we were thrilled with the arrival of Pax and Bean and excited to share the news with the public, which makes this time especially heartbreaking for our animal care staff,” says Julia Terrien, Animal Collections Supervisor. “The tamarin family is holding up well, and we will be keeping close watch as time progresses.” They will continue to be closely monitored with their diets and behaviors.

Twin tamarins, Pax and Bean were born on February 28th, 2016 here at the Children’s Zoo. With less than 6,000 Cotton-top Tamarins left in the wild, every life is critical for this species’ survival.

Native to a tiny portion of the rainforest in Colombia, South America, cotton-top tamarins are almost extinct in the wild. Between the 1960s and 1970s, over 60,000 individuals were captured and transported to the United States for use as laboratory test animals. This practice ended in 1974, with the exportation of this species no longer allowed. However, between the destruction of the rainforest, and the illegal pet industry, wild populations continue to decline. Only through cooperative breeding strategies, such as the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan that we participate in, and a few organizations in the field, can we hope to keep cotton-top tamarins in the wild.

The Zoo would like to thank the community for its ongoing support. Please share your Tamarin family memories with us as we mourn in this difficult time. Visit the Zoo’s Facebook to share your pictures and/or memories of Bean.


Zoo Wish List

Help make our wishes come true! 

Select an item from the list below, purchase the item and drop it off at the Zoo and the Zoo staff will make sure your favorite animal gets a great new form of enrichment. Need more help on what to purchase or have a different item in mind? Email us to ask if something is appropriate for the animals.

Check out our wishlist on HERE for even more donation ideas!


Things around the house – new or gently used
• Cardboard tubes – paper towel, toilet paper, wrapping paper
• Boxes
• Tupperware
• Newspaper
• Phonebooks
• Paper bags
• Perfume/Cologne
• Radios
• TVs with built in DVD/VHS player
• Linens – sheets, pillowcases, t-shirts, socks
• Blankets
• Towels/washcloths
• DVDs – nature or kids
• Metal baking pans
• Pots and pans
• Spoons
• Buckets
• Sports balls
• Toddler toys – indoor/outdoor

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New items you can donate
• Reptile hides/houses
• Jolly Brand Toys
• Large and small parrot toys
• Cuttlebones
• Non-toxic finger paint
• Sidewalk chalk
• Diving pool toys
• Kong toys
• Nature CDs
• Mirrors
• Metal bells
• Paper bags
• Yard waste bags
• Blankets
• Sports balls
• Catnip spray
• Bubbles
• Carabiners
• Zip ties
• Cotton mop heads
• Toddler toys – indoor/outdoor









Food Items you can donate
• Animal crackers
• Peanut butter
• Nuts in shell – unsalted, raw
• Herbs and spices
• Cooking extracts
• Food coloring
• Kool-aid – sugar free
• Gelatin – sugar-free
• Uncooked pasta
• Popcorn kernels – plain
• Horse treats
• Sunflower seeds

   Questions about possible donations for enrichment? Contact