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Feeding the parakeetsCome check out the “Keet landing” exhibit. (more…)

You don’t have to have a busload of people to enjoy groups activities or take advantage of our group rates. There are so many options for groups you’ll be jumping like a kangaroo! (more…)


Wetland Workshops for Educators

Wetland Plant ID: Know ’em and Grow ’em © $35

August 4, 2012 9am-4pm

This course provides educators with an understanding of wetland plant ecology and adaptations, and the resources to identify plant species in the field.  Material will cover native and non-native species along with planting tips. Educators will gain valuable tools for exciting students about wetland plants and inspiration to construct schoolyard wetland habitats.

All courses include curriculum and course materials.

Spaces are limited. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to reserve your spot.

For questions or to register contact Environmental Concern at 410.745.9620 or visit their website.

There are around 17 different species of Macaws; we have some of the more common species here at the zoo. Among theme are the Blue and Gold Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw.





Encounter furred, feathered and hoofed friends. They’re all there for the fun, feeding and photographing!

Definition ~ a member of the family of humans that can be identified by the camera around their necks. They may come from anywhere, but they are often seen at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo observing and photographing the unique variety of wildlife. Approach them with caution! They are known to capture thrilling memories of their favorite animals and treasure those memories for years to come.

Here’s How it Works:

Throughout the 2011 season you may enter any of your digital photos shot at the CWPZoo in each of the months of April, May, June, July, August, and a special Fall category, combining September and October. Each months contest photos must be taken within the corresponding month between the 1st and the 30th.

Only pictures submitted electronically though the e-mail address are eligible. (If you use conventional film, be sure to ask the photo-processor to have your shots put on CD in addition to the usual prints and negatives. That way you will have digital images as well as film images.)

No special equipment is necessary. Enter as often as you like, but enter your best. There is no age qualification to be a CWPZ SHUTTERBUG. Entries will be judged in the 13 and under and over 13 age categories.

Don’t forget to include your name in the e-mail! Each month’s winner will be announced on the 15th of the following month, for example, April’s winner will be announced on May 15th.  The judges’ decision will be final.  The winner will be announced in the newsletter along with their winning photo as well as posted on the zoo grounds, on the Zoo website and featured on the zoos Facebook page.

Start creating those special memories now, and win!   Join the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s Shutterbug family now and maybe YOU will be a winner!

CLICK HERE to Review the rules and find out HOW TO ENTER.


parties at the zooHave a Party at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and your birthday experience is sure to be WILD. (more…)

Parties at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Ever thought about having your next office party or family birthday celebration at a unique location?  Well, you’ve found it!  The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is now offering our party room to you! Consider our space for your next gathering.  We will offer you a decorated space for children’s birthday parties or adult birthday parties and you may opt to decorate for your holiday or family gatherings. We will also offer an array of animal encounters, a fall Safari Ride or a guided tour through the Zoo.  Experience a “Keeper for the Day” with our Animal Care department or just bundle up and enjoy a spot by the fire pit!

We have a few different spaces available for you and your guests.  The “Discovery Room” in our gift shop is a 20’x30’ space with a museum ‘feel’ throughout.  You’ll appreciate the authenticity of our educational and enlightening “Discovery Room”!  The “Discovery Room” is capable of accommodating approximately 30-40 guests.

The Global Wildlife Safari Pavilion is also available for use.  Bundle up as you and your guests enjoy warm cider, spice cake and s’mores by our fire pit.  We have plenty of room, as the pavilion can seat up to 75-100 people comfortably.  On a sunny fall or winter day, this is the place to be!

Call us for more details on renting these spaces.  Birthday package pricing is available.  You may opt to bring your own catering supplies or your meals and beverages may be provided by one of our local catering establishments, which can provide a array of options to you to suit any budget.  Please ask for a list of these catering establishments.   Call 301.271.4922 ext. 10 for more information.