Explore Outdoors

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to learn about new plants and animals. Discover an outdoor adventure on Zoo grounds or in Point Defiance Park!

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Geocaching Adventures

See the exciting live animal show Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure at Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. As Dr. Bones hunts for the Golden Treasure, you'll learn about geocaching, which combines navigation and good old-fashioned sleuthing skills with the allure of a treasure hunt. Join Zoo staff after each show to search high and low for real geocache treasure!


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Explore the Shore

Ever wonder what it’s like to run a finger over the back of a prickly pink sea star? Or hold a tiny ocean crab in the palm of your hand? Join Zoo naturalists and stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there and helping catalog them for scientific research. Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach and learn about the biodiversity of beaches and how to protect them.



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Garden Tours

Join our Zoo Horticulturist on an in-depth tour of the plants in the Zoo collection! Learn about the beautiful plants on Zoo grounds and how they fit into the ecosystem. Garden Tours take place at 10 am on the first Sunday of every month. Meet at the Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside the front gate, to join the tour.


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Looking for more opportunities to observe animals in nature and contribute to real science research? Check out the Citizen Science projects offered every summer.