Welcome to our Education page!  We are pleased that you have chosen our wonderful facility for your field trip experience.

The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square provides habitats for the animals that live here. The job of the Zoo staff is to make sure that all animals have the appropriate food, water, shelter and space to live. The Zoo also strives to educate people about animals and their habitats. You will be visiting the habitats/exhibits of many zoo animals that are in trouble in the wild (threatened, endangered, or a species of special concern) because of human impact. Their habitat is being destroyed or polluted, or they are collected for their fur or the pet trade. 

The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with educational learning opportunities in the topics of ecosystems, the role of humans in ecosystems and conservation. This program teaches us that we share the Earth with plants and animals and that we are all connected. Upon arrival at the Zoo your group will have a short presentation on group visit rules from a Zoo staff member. Then your group is free to explore the Zoo at their own pace. Worksheets and teacher references are available for you to print out and use at your discretion. The lesson is split up by grade levels, and is free with the group admission price for all school groups. 

   Grades K - 2

Grades 3 - 5 


The Scavenger Hunt shares the following ideas with your students during their field trip:

  • Students will be exploring the Zoo and learning about habitat, ecosystems and conservation.
  • All animals, including people, live in a habitat. Habitat consists of food, water, shelter and space.
  • Plants and animals live together in ecosystems like lakes, forests, fields, deserts, oceans, etc.
  • Human impact causes dramatic changes to the world’s ecosystems, affecting animals and their habitats.
  • We have the responsibility to care for the Earth and protect ecosystems for animals and future generations. This is called conservation.
  • The Children’s Zoo is responsible for caring for its animals by providing habitat that is appropriate for each animal.
  • The Children’s Zoo also provides education in conservation and positive action for the natural world.
    • RECYCLE ROO PROGRAM: Recycling stations are located throughout the Children’s Zoo in which bottles and cans are collected for recycling.
    • ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY: The Children’s Zoo participates in the State of Michigan highway beautification program, in which litter is removed from the side of roadways.
    • SAVE THE RAINFOREST DONATION METER: Visitors to the Children’s Zoo can give donations to help save the rainforest from habitat destruction.
    • ANNUAL CONSERVATION EVENTS: Go Wild! Earth Day Celebration; Endangered Species Day; World Ocean's Day; Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Blooms; Zoo Boo; Arctic Zoo Fest


With a total of 84 gardens in the Adopt-A-Garden program it is hard to chose just one winner, so there are three.  In addition to the three winning gardens the Zoo visitors voted during the annual Birds, Bugs, Butterfly and Blooms event to pick the Peoples Choice award. 

2010 Adopt-A-Garden Winners

Bricko Brick Paving

Bricko Garden 

Saginaw Bay Underwriters

SBU Garden 

Kathy & Burris Smith

Smith Garden

2010 Peoples Choice Award Winner

 Payton & Baily Sieveke and Onie Jones

Peoples Choice Garden

2010 Honorable Mentions

  • Golfside
  • Covenant Brest Health Center
  • Jean Colpean
  • Mastromarco Law Firm
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Betta Phi Chapter
  • Douglas Family Vision
  • Forrest &Alger Family
  • Youth Outdoor Adventures
  • Judy & Ted Krawczak
  • Pat Blakeley & Joann Jastrzab



The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square 

This Release and Waiver of Liability is executed by the Volunteer, parent or guardian, in favor of the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society, operating as Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, a nonprofit corporation ("Zoo"), its directors, officers, employees, and agents.

The Volunteer desires to participate in the Zoo’s volunteer programs and activities. The Volunteer understands their participation may include a variety of activities required in operating the Zoo.

The Volunteer does hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress execute this Release under the following terms:

1. Waiver and Release. The Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless the Zoo and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may here after arise from Volunteer participation in any Zoo programs.

2. Medical Treatment. The Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge the Zoo from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s participation in any Zoo programs.

3. Assumption of Risk. The Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm in these activities and releases the Zoo from all liability for injury, illness death, or property damage resulting from the activities of the Volunteer’s participation in the Zoo’s programs.

4. Insurance. Each Volunteer is expected and encouraged to have medical or health insurance coverage.

5. Photographic Release. The Volunteer does hereby grant and convey unto the Zoo all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by the Zoo during any programs or volunteer activities, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

6. Other. Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Michigan and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Michigan. The volunteer agrees that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable.

In witness whereof, the Volunteer has executed this Release on this date _______________.


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support your zoo

Without your support, the Zoo would not be able to provide the Mid-Michigan area with the safe, fun, educational and beautiful experience that it does.

In 1987, the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society formed and took over management of the Zoo from the City of Saginaw in April 1996. The City subsidy ended in 2005. The Children’s Zoo receives no tax support. The Zoo is classified as a non-profit, 501-C3 organization.

The beautiful expansions and capital improvements at the Zoo are possible because of the generous support of local foundations. The care and feeding of the animals at the Zoo and the day-to-day operations are solely funded by Zoo gate admissions and donations.

There are many ways to support the Children’s Zoo.

Memberships to the Zoo are a great way to enjoy the Zoo at tremendous savings while supporting the Zoo's programs and operating.

The Zoo welcomes donations in many forms. General donations, which also includes memory or honorary donations and train and carousel fund donations are a great way to show your support. Donations to the Zoo’s endowment fund are also encouraged, to ensure that the Zoo will be able to provide future generations with family-oriented fun and education.

Corporate donations and event sponsorship donations are also ways to help the Zoo provide the events and programs that are so popular. 

Other ways to support the Children's Zoo include purchasing Engraved Bricks, our Adopt-an-Animal program and volunteering at the Zoo. The Zoo also has a Wish List that you can help replenish.

To better secure the future of the Zoo, planned giving through a will, trust, gift annuity or life insurance is another way to be sure the Zoo is here for future generations. Tax benefits apply, so consult your financial planner.

2014 Saginaw Valley Zoological Society Board of Directors 


Elissa Basil
Jennifer Jaffee
Vice Chair
Michael Kelly
Recording Secretary
Tara Girard
Michael Colby
Immediate Past Chairperson
Judy Weldy
Board Advisor


Board Members

Dave Case

Julie Kozan 
Andy Friend  Carol Lechel 
Sherrie Fritze-Harris  Mary Sue Markey 
Carrie Houtman Kevin Shultz
Clay Johnson  Sandra Worner 


Executive Director
Nancy Parker



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Submit application to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989 759-1408
Fax: 989 759 1328

Applicants will be notified upon acceptance into the program.