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Garden Tour

August 2
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join our Zoo Horticulturist on an in-depth tour of the plants in the Zoo collection! Learn about the beautiful plants on Zoo grounds, how they fit into the ecosystem, and how plants and animals relate.Garden Tours take place at 10 am on t... More event info »

Sharks!

August 8
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Explore the watery world of sharks! Join us for a weekend jam-packed with shark-themed activities. Enjoy games and hands-on activities, learn about shark conservation and join us in pledging to protect sharks around the world!Sharks will rece... More event info »

Explore the Shore

August 12
9:30 am
Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the informatio... More event info »

Bowling for Rhinos

August 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bowling for Rhinos program provides the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) a way to raise funds and awareness for rhino and habitat conservation. The 25th annual Bowling for Rhinos event will raise funds for the following organizati... More event info »

Tacoma Public Library's Summer Reading Celebration

August 15
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Zoo salutes young readers with a FREE day at the Zoo in partnership with Tacoma Public Library! Young readers who complete TPL's summer reading program receive FREE admission to the Zoo for the day. Bring your free library coupon to show ... More event info »

Free Day for Seniors and People with Disabilities

August 18
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Seniors (65+) and people with disabilities are invited to a free day at the Zoo (see all 2015 dates). Valid for daytime admission only. Not valid for special events. More event info »

Arctic Blast

August 22
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beat the heat! Join us for an arctic blast in the middle of summer. Watch animals cool off with special ice treats. Frolic in piles of shaved ice on the main Zoo lawn, then "chill out" with an ice cream treat from the cafe! ... More event info »

Explore the Shore

August 28
9:30 am
Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the informatio... More event info »