World Wetlands Day

February 1, 2020 - 10:45am

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with keeper talks and activities at the Oregon Zoo!

Countless plants and creatures—including humans—are dependent on wetlands for survival, and our everyday actions can impact their health.

Wildlife experts from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service will be in the Nature Exploration Station with fun wetland-themed educational activities. Learn about how beavers shape our wetlands, why salmon survival depends on cool, clean waters, and see our "ancient neighbor," the Pacific lamprey—a recent addition to the Oregon Zoo!


  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Educational activities in the Nature Exploration Station with USFW Service and Wolf Ways
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fish biologist with the USFWS will be in the Great Northwest section of the zoo, adjacent to the new Pacific lamprey display

Learn more about each of our wetland residents from the keepers who care for them: 

  • 10:45 a.m. Species Conservation Lab talk in the Nature Exploration Station
  • 11:30 a.m. Crocodile feeding at African Rainforest
  • 1 p.m. Flamingo keeper talk in Flamingo Exhibit
  • 1:30 p.m. River otter keeper talk at the river otter habitat in the Great Northwest
  • 2:30 p.m. Duck keeper talk at the Marsh Habitat in Great Northwest

Free with zoo admission. 

Parking is $2/hour or $8/day, and lots tend to fill up quickly—so taking public transport is encouraged. Call 503-238-RIDE (7433) or visit Trimet for fare and route information.