Celebrate Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with us!

It’s the last weekend in October, and we’re going out with a bang. Join us! Celebrate Halloween here at the zoo for a spooktacular weekend.

Treat Bags all Around

Nothing says Halloween like free candy. Visit now through November 1st and get a FREE treat bag! There are fun surprises hidden inside each one, so come claim yours today. Besides, plain old trick-or-treating has nothing on us–we’ve got awesome animals, prehistoric creatures, AND yummy chocolate!

Celebrate HalloweenTreat bags available while supplies last. 

Last Weekend for Dinos and Butterflies

Take advantage of these exhibits before they close for the season. Sure, they’ll be returning next spring, but who wants to wait that long?

Dinosaurs Come to Life

Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Bigger and better than ever, this year’s exhibit boasts 7 animatronic dinos–the most we’ve ever had!

Butterflies

Experience hundreds of butterflies in flight! Did you know butterflies are found everywhere but Antarctica and they taste with their feet? Learn all this and more with a stroll through our butterfly greenhouse.

Don’t Forget about Fair Trade Month

Our gift shop is full of fair trade treasures, and while we hate to use the “C word” this soon (it rhymes with isthmus), it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!

Fair Trade Month


So visit this weekend for a win-win-win situation: FREE treat bags for the kiddos (adults, too!), zoo fun for all, and fabulous fair trade gifts that support artisans all over the globe. We can’t think of a better way to spend your Halloween.

Click here for our hours, rates, and show times.

Visitors “Dug” Dino Days

Last weekend we hosted Dino Days, an event dedicated to all things prehistoric. It turned out to be a fantastic weekend, despite the uncooperative weather.

Our special guest for this 2-day event was Chris DeLorey, also known as Dr. Dino, Director of Education at the Brevard Zoo. As a paleontologist and dinosaur expert, he’s gone on many digs and has traveled all over the world. He brought fossils and artifacts from his personal collection to share with guests, gave special presentations in our Program Center, and answered all kinds of dino-related questions!

  • Dr. Dino giving his exciting “Dino Hunt” presentation

  • We didn’t let rain put a “damp”er on the weekend–but umbrellas were a must!

  • Dr. Dino sharing his artifacts (and knowledge) with guests

  • Taking a break from the weather

  • Sabian enjoyed making his very own fossil rubbing book

  • …and so did his little sister!

  • The Prehistoric Prize Package that children could enter to win

Kids could create their very own fossil rubbing book, and enter to win our Prehistoric Prize Package filled with dino-themed goodies! They also got to take home real dinosaur bone fragments courtesy of Dr. Dino.

It was a fun, educational weekend, and based on all the positive feedback we received, we’re anxious to outdo ourselves next year with another DINO-mite event!

Support Frog Conservation with a Night at the Zoo!

Support Frog Conservation With a Night at the Zoo!

You may have heard ads on the radio or received an email about Wine and Design: Paint for Conservation, but here’s a little more insight into why we’re having this event.

Last year we hosted Cheers to 50 Years, an event celebrating our 50th anniversary. Attendees raised a glass to our milestone with wine and beer samples from 8 local producers. The Genetti generously sponsored the event and provided fantastic food for all 300 guests. The zoo was lit by torches and lanterns, live music filled the air, and zoo keepers strolled around with animals. We even fed our gators and komodo dragons for everyone! It was the first time we threw an event like that, and we received such positive feedback afterwards, we knew we had to do it again (in some capacity).

Without a big anniversary to celebrate, we weren’t sure what to do. Sure, we could throw a big party and invite everyone, but we wanted it to be something more than that; we wanted it to have a purpose. Knowing how popular Wine and Design has become, we wanted to incorporate that with a night at the zoo, but in a way that made sense. Then through a few team brainstorming sessions, we had an “AHA!” moment. We could invite Wine and Design Williamsport to come and teach guests how to paint a tropical scene with exotic frogs, then donate a portion of ticket sales to amphibian conservation! Thus, Wine and Design: Paint for Conservation was born.

Few people realize, but the global amphibian crisis is serious: nearly 1/3 of the world’s amphibian species are known to be threatened or extinct, as many as 159 species may already be extinct, and at least 42% of all amphibian species are declining in population. For these reasons (and other alarming facts not listed), we are donating funds to the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG) to support amphibian conservation. Every little bit helps, and we’re anxious to contribute to this cause, above and beyond our existing conservation efforts.

Support Frog Conservation with a Night at the Zoo!

That’s the backstory. Now for a bit more on the event itself…

As excited as we are to have partnered with Wine and Design, the truth is, you don’t need to paint to enjoy the event (or help frogs). We realize that not everyone is the painting kind, so we’re selling non-painting tickets at a lesser rate for those that just want to enjoy a great night out at the zoo!

The Genetti is providing refreshments and selling wine. Blue River Spell will be playing a little bit of everything (they take requests, too!). We’ll have all the zoo exhibits open*, animal encounters and feedings throughout the evening, and zoo grounds lit up with torches–a perfect summer night!

Another special part of the event comes from one of our very own volunteers, Austin Orelli. Austin helps out at the zoo every Wednesday, and he’s a great worker. Lucky for us, he’s also the talented artist behind The Wildlife of Autism! He will be here selling his animal-inspired artwork and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the ATAG as well. We’re so grateful for his involvement, and we know everyone will enjoy his art!

We invite EVERYONE to come support frog conservation with a night at the zoo! Tickets are on sale now- click here for more information or call 570.538.1869.

Note: Even if you can’t make it to the event, we’d appreciate if you’d share this with your friends and family–the more attendees, the more funds (and awareness) raised for amphibians!

*Our butterfly greenhouse will be open from 7:00-8:00 pm during the event.

Spring Forward: Exhibits, Events, and Warmer Temps!

While it may feel like winter will never end, this weekend we “spring forward” by moving the clocks ahead an hour; if nothing else, at least it’s a step in the right direction!

Aside from the longer days, sunshine, and greenery to look forward to, we’re especially excited for spring because it means the return of our seasonal exhibits, plenty of kids visiting for field trips, and the anticipation of awesome events to come!

Dinosaurs Come to Life and Butterflies | April 25 – November 1

Our hugely popular dinosaur exhibit is back…and bigger than ever. Dinosaurs Come to Life features 6 static models and 7 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, the most we’ve ever had! With a whole T. rex family, the impressive Quetzalcoatlus (NEW!), and Dilophosaurus‘s new paint job, we can’t wait for you to see them all this spring!

Peaceful music, lush landscaping, and hundreds of flitting beauties–our butterfly greenhouse is like a springtime oasis. We also offer the opportunity to feed the butterflies. Since different species can be seen throughout the duration of the exhibit, be sure to stop in a few times to see them all!
Note: Memberships are great for visiting again and again!

New In the Gift Shop

In preparation for the slew of kids who will be coming through our doors soon, we stocked up on new items for the Natural Selections Gift Shop. Come check them out!spring forward

Event Sneak Peek

They’re still in the works, but we’re so anxious to share our events that we decided to give you a sneak peek!*

Ghost of the Bayou | May 22 – September 7

White alligators are extremely rare. From the Louisiana Bayou, these creatures are thought to be mystical, bringing good fortune to those who set eyes on them. We can’t say for sure if that’s true, but we invite you to visit this summer and find out for yourself…

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Dino Days | June 27 & 28

Join us for an entire weekend dedicated to dinosaurs. Paleontologist and dinosaur enthusiast “Dr. Dino” (AKA Chris DeLorey of the Brevard Zoo, FL) will be here to show off his extensive fossil collection and take guests on a special dino hunt! Fun activities, prehistoric artifacts, and animatronic dinosaurs–mark your calendars for this DINO-mite event!

Wine & Design: Paint for Conservation | July 11

On its own, Wine & Design is a great way to spend time with family & friends, paint a beautiful picture, and relax with a glass of wine (or two). This summer, we’re excited to pair the Wine & Design experience with a great cause: frog conservation.

Frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate, and this event will raise awareness and funds for the global amphibian crisis. Guests can paint a picture showcasing these beautiful creatures, then walk through our Exhibit Gallery to admire them in person. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the AZA Amphibian Conservation Grant Fund, which supports amphibian-related conservation as well as scientific and educational initiatives.

Much of this event is still being planned, but we hope you’ll consider attending to help support this worthy cause (and enjoy a beautiful evening at the zoo)! We will post more information as soon as possible, but tickets should be on sale by late May.

*Event details subject to change
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Check back for more details and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for other important zoo updates.

In the mean time, until Spring actually arrives, keep warm!
(Our Winter Warm-Ups are perfect for getting out of the cold…hint, hint)

 

 

 

 

Give from the Heart: Valentine’s Day Gifts that Give Back

give from the heart - fair trade jewelry

Sick of giving the same old flowers and candy to your special someone? Why not give from the heart with these Valentine’s Day gifts that give back?

give from the heart - fair trade jewelryWe carry countless fair trade items from around the world, but we think the Brass Images line is especially exquisite, making it a great gift for Valentine’s Day (or any occasion…like a Tuesday).

Based in South Africa, Brass Images produces handcrafted brass and copper jewelry. Artisans apply high heat to these metals to produce ruby red copper and antiqued brass finishes without the use of paints or dyes. Gemstone accents add a colorful touch to the beautiful ethnic designs. These pieces have a unique yet polished look that can be dressed up or down and are sure to make a statement this Valentine’s day–because nothing says, “I Love You” like gorgeous jewelry that supports artisans in South Africa!

give from the heart - fair trade jewelry

Not your style? Not to worry. Check out these other fair trade gifts on the Product Spotlight page, or stop in the Natural Selections Gift Shop and browse our wide selection in person!

Note: the beautiful metal leaf sculpture featured in these photos is also for sale!

Frogs Alive

Have a Hoppy Holiday with Frogs Alive

Take a break from your holiday shopping and check out Frogs Alive!

hoppy holiday- frogs aliveThis limited-time exhibit is at the Lycoming Mall through the end of the year. Conveniently located next to Old Navy, it provides a great escape for anyone who needs a time-out from all that shopping–especially the kiddos!

It’s been seen by over 5 million people in big cities across North America, and now people in Central PA have the opportunity to experience it! With over 100 LIVE frogs, interactive exhibits, and educational graphics, Frogs Alive! is a must-see exhibition.

We recently had a group of young students visit, and they had a blast! They enjoyed seeing exotic frogs from around the world and playing with the interactive components of the exhibit. They even got to do a fun frog craft!*

So whether you need a hiatus from holiday shopping or you’re just looking for something fun to do, visit Frogs Alive!, open through December 31, 2014. Call 570.538.1869 for hours.

Have a very hoppy holiday season!

*Craft is provided by the Lycoming Mall and is only offered to education-based groups scheduled in advance. If interested in bringing a group to the exhibit, please call  the number listed above for pricing and availability.

Summer Fun at Reptiland

It’s no secret we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. We’re halfway through our planned events, and we don’t want the summer fun to end! It’s a good thing we’ve got two more events coming up! In case you missed them, here’s a glimpse of our celebrations thus far.

Summer Celebration Series – Dino Day

What a DINO-mite day! Kids got their faces painted with geckos, frogs, and butterflies; zoo keepers gave special animal encounters throughout the day; and everyone got to take home their own REAL dinosaur bone fragment! A large dino-filled coloring page was a collaborative project for kids visiting that day, and our friends from Sweet Frog, Scoop and Cookie, stopped by too! We also had a special Prehistoric Prize Package drawing that one lucky girl got to take home. It was a beautiful sunny day, and fun was had by all…We can’t wait for the next SCS day, Buggin’ Out!

Cheers to 50 Years

This event was the first of its kind at Reptiland, and we think it was a huge success! Thanks to the Genetti’s sponsorship, we were able to offer tickets for only $25, and the food they provided was amazing; from the passed hors d’oeuvres to the roast beef carving station, everything was fantastic. Also, three lucky guests won a complimentary night in the Genetti’s jacuzzi suite including a full hot breakfast the next morning–an awesome gift to walk away with for sure!

In addition to sampling beer and wine from local establishments, guests also enjoyed rhythmic drumming by Steve Mitchell and folk/rock music by Zac Baggett & Isaiah Britton. Clyde signed copies of his new book, Reptiland: How a Boyhood Dream became a Modern Zoo, and chatted with guests. Keepers entertained everyone with animal encounters and special alligator and Komodo dragon feedings. All of the exhibits were open as well, and guests were encouraged to meander through the zoo to enjoy all that the night had to offer!

We had wonderful exhibitors, superb entertainment, delicious food, and perfect weather, not to mention great company. We hope to host something like this again in the future–we’ll just have to find another reason to have a big party soon…another 50 years is too long to wait!

The summer fun isn’t over just yet–we’ve got two more Summer Celebrations left! Visit us tomorrow, July 22, for Buggin’ Out and on August 12 for Reptiland Safari. Click here for more information on these events. Hope to see you there!

Great Things to Come in 2014

Don’t succumb to post-holiday/seasonal depression. Yes, it’s still cold and snowy in Central PA, but here at Reptiland, we’re too busy prepping for great things in 2014 to let ourselves get down in the dumps.

Our 2nd annual Paint the Dino Coloring Contest starts today! While our subject for the contest isn’t technically considered a dinosaur (Dimetrodon is a pelycosaur, another prehistoric reptile), we’re anxiously awaiting the submissions we’ll get from all the talented and creative kids out there. So if you know any children 11 and under with a knack for art, who love to color, or have a passion for reptiles, print this coloring page for them and submit their designs for the chance to be chosen as Dimetrodon‘s custom paint job this spring. But hurry–the contest ends February 14! Click here for contest details.

VenomDue to its popularity, Venom: Nature’s Chemical Weapon has been extended through January. This fascinating live show centered around animal toxins features 8 venomous/poisonous animals. Roughly an hour long, Venom educates and excites guests, explaining both the dangers and benefits of these toxins. In case you missed it this fall, come check it out–weekends at 1:30 pm!

22q International FoundationOn Sunday, May 18, 2014 we will be participating in 22q at the Zoo. This worldwide event aims to bring awareness to 22q11.2 deletion, a chromosomal syndrome that is present in 1 out of every 2,000-4,000 live births. No two people affected are the same, making detection and diagnosis difficult. 22q at the Zoo gives families a chance to have a fun-filled day at the zoo, socialize with other 22q families, and help raise the public profile of this little-known syndrome all in one day. We’re happy to support this great foundation, and we’re excited to show everyone a great time on May 18!

July 2014 officially marks 50 years in business for Reptiland! To honor this milestone and celebrate it with our members and visitors, we’re planning a series of special events for this summer. We can’t reveal any of the details yet, but stay tuned–we’re doing it BIG for our 50th anniversary!

Don’t forget to check facebook, twitter, and our website regularly for details on these and many other exciting things to come for 2014. Happy New Year!

 

Venom Starts this Weekend!

Update 12/5/13:  This limited event has been extended through January 2014!

Just in time for Halloween, when ghoulish characters and terrifying monsters are lurking about, we’ve got our own creepy creatures here at the zoo…

Monsters and Dragons and Giants, OH MY!

Gila monsters, Komodo dragons, and a giant cane toad to be more specific, and you can see all of them starting this Saturday at 1:30 pm! Check out Venom: Nature’s Chemical Weapon.* This fascinating live event showcases venomous species in a safe, entertaining format. Featured animals include a variety of reptiles as well as a scorpion and the poisonous cane toad (neither of which are on display here at the zoo!).

Although this show introduces viewers to many widely feared species, it’s also meant to educate people on the benefits of venom, particularly in the medical field. For instance, many know the deadly effects of venom, but did you know that it is also used in several medications as a pain reliever and helps treat various heart conditions?

Venom dispels common myths, highlights the potential animal toxins offer for human medicine, and presents tips for safely enjoying nature in areas where venomous reptiles live. Visit us this weekend at 1:30 (or any weekend through December) to experience Venom LIVE!

BONUS: Get here early and witness a Komodo dragon feeding in our new Island Giants building!

*Featured as our 1:30 pm show only on weekends in November and December; all other show times feature our standard Reptile show.