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Morning at the Zoo: Just for You

In-Person Member Event for Smithsonian Associates Advocate Level and Above

Weekend Program

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET
Code: 1P0766
Select Your Tickets
$10 - Child 12 and under
Free - Child 4 and under
$20 - Member

Materials for this program

  1. Schedule and Map

Please Note: Event registration closes on Sunday, September 18 at 5 p.m.

We are inviting you to join us at the National Zoo on Saturday, September 24 for a special member event. A boxed picnic breakfast and seating will await you at the Patio by the Conservation Pavilion. Children’s corner offering fun educational experiences and crafts reflecting the zoo’s activities and habitats will be available.

After you enjoy your breakfast, stop by the Great Meadow at 8:45 a.m. for an educational Birds in Flight demonstration by the renowned bird behaviorist Phung Luu. Get an up-close look at exotic birds soaring overhead in this limited-run avian spectacular and witness a dazzling display of natural behaviors by his flock of exotic birds—from owls and falcons to macaws, ravens, and cockatoos.

After the demonstration follow the Olmsted Walk to the Elephants Trail and watch elephants, ostriches, and meerkats enjoying their breakfast. Animal keepers will be on hand in the small mammal house, at the Amazonia Trail, and more to talk about the animals in their habitats and Smithsonian’s ongoing commitment to conservation, research, and education to save the world’s wildlife and endangered species. Or if you prefer you can stroll leisurely at your own pace as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo waking up.

General Information

  • This special event is open only to Smithsonian Associates members at the Advocate ($175) level and above and their guests.
  • Pricing: Members and guests: $20 per person; children 12 and under $10; children age 4 and under admitted free. Note that registration is required for all price types (even free).
  • Seating is limited and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Registration closes Sunday, September 18 at 5 p.m.
  • Tickets are not available at the event.
  • For gluten-free/vegetarian breakfast picnic selection, please email
  • Parking: Use vehicle entrance in the 3000 block of Connecticut Ave NW. Lots D and E are closest to Lion and Tiger Hill. Please note there is a $30 parking fee.
  • Pedestrians: Take the Red line to the Cleveland Park or Woodley Park/Zoo Metrorail stop. Enter the zoo in the 3000 block of Connecticut Ave NW.
National Zoological Park
Lion and Tiger Hill
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park/Zoo