Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests.


family looking at sloth bear through exhibit glass

Our members are our biggest supporters of species conservation—and they receive special benefits. Discover free parking, discounts, and more by visiting our Membership page.

Education Programs

child at summer camp looking at exhibit

View our monthly program offerings for camps and birthday parties via the Calendar below. Interested in a homeschool series or preschool classes? Visit our Class Series Listings page.

Fundraising Events

Brewlights at ZooLights guests

Get your hand warmers ready. Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, is back for another year of craft beer and microbrew tastings during ZooLights!

Adopt a Species

red panda

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the conservationist in your life? Adopt a Species is the solution. Visit our Adopt a Species page to see a full list of available species.

Browse the calendar below to register for any of our camps, classes, and birthday parties. If you do not see any available dates, please make sure you are logged in.

Most of our camps and classes start on Mondays and run for the entire week. The start dates for these camps and classes will appear on the calendar below based on the filters you select.