The Conservators Center hosts several annual and special events throughout the year at the park. In addition, Center staff participates in many offsite events throughout the region. Each of these events offers unique features and opportunities for visitors to learn and explore.
Events are quite different from our public tours and typically offer visitors the freedom to move about the park at their own pace. With docents stationed throughout the park to share information and answer questions, this can be a wonderful way to learn more about a favorite species, see training demonstrations and have an opportunity to ask a keeper or handler your questions.
The Center also participates in many other events and activities around the Triangle and Triad metropolitan areas. Watch for us at the Museum of Natural Sciences during many of their celebrations, including Darwin Day!
Celebrate The Wild
Tree Toss is the Conservators Center's signature event. Held in January each year, we use unsold evergreen trees donated from Cranberry Tree Farm to provide one of a kind enrichment to our residents! You'll see our lions, tigers, leopards, and wolves, as well as many other residents, play with their treats, trees, and toys made by visitors at Arthur's Workshop. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets early!
Girl Scout Day
Girl Scouts spend an exciting day meeting the animals from as close as 5 feet away, participating in an information scavenger hunt for facts (some serious and some silly) about the Center and our animal residents, create toys for critters and crafts, play games, and make s'mores and more at this wildly popular event. Coming up on September 16th, 2017.
Grab a coat and a friend, and join us for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, the most unique and thrilling way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina! Join us in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins; after our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures, watch as they introduce our animals to an autumn wonderland. Enjoy the fun at your own pace because Pumpkin Prowl is a self-guided walk-about event, meaning you can spend as much time as you want admiring the residents you find most enjoyable.
Each February, the Center participates in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Darwin Day celebration. Join the Center's binturong mascot, Popcorn, and one of our educational ambassador animals at the Museum in Raleigh for an afternoon of science exploration and discovery!
NC Science Festival
The Center is a regular participant at North Carolina's annual Science Festival. Center staff will be joining Kelvin and all the rest of the NC SciFest crew at various locations throughout the week.
Eno River Festival
Join us as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and performances along the Eno River at the annual Eno River Festival!
Accessibility, Safety, and Pets
The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.
If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.
For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.