OKC Zoo hosts spring painting series — ‘Paint the Wild’

Paint the wilderness at OKC Zoo.

Brighten up your spring with the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Botanical Gardens’ new four-week Paint the Wild painting series. This exclusive experience offers participants 12 years and older an unforgettable opportunity to combine their passion for wildlife and wild places through a fun and creative outlet painting! OKC Zoo launches Paint the Wild with a virtual event in March and hosts socially distant personal events at the zoo every weekend in April from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re always looking for new ways to improve our calendar of events while creating new ways for people to connect with the zoo’s animals in a safe and unique environment,” said Jenna Dodson, OKC Zoo’s events manager.

Paint the Wild events invite attendees to the zoo to paint a range of animals in scenic areas of the park and begin a caretaker chat. Under the guidance of Pinot’s Palette of Norman, guests choose one date each weekend to learn how to paint some of their favorite zoo animals. The same painting and instructions are taught on both Saturday and Sunday with a different animal that is presented every weekend. April Paint the Wild Dates and Featured Animal Pictures Include:

Saturday April 3 and Sunday April 4: Asian elephant painting (Lotus Pavilion in Sanctuary Asia)

Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th: Bison Painting (Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital)

Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th: Sea lion painting (Sea Lion Stadium)

Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th: Flamingo painting (Roughneck Pavilion at Zoo Lake)

Guests can also add a VIP experience to their Paint the Wild session to get in early and see the featured animal up close through a feeding experience or special presentation. The VIP experiences are limited to 20 guests per event and take place before the painting class. Check-in starts at 1:30 PM and the VIP experience ends at 2:30 PM

A selected menu of culinary appetizers and alcoholic beverages for adults aged 21 and over can be purchased during the personal Paint the Wild events.

Tickets for Paint the Wild in-person events will be available for ZOOfriends members from Monday, March 8th and Monday, March 15th. Cost per person for General Admission: US $ 50 (members) / US $ 72 (non-members) or VIP admission: US $ 70 (members) / $ 92 (non-members) and includes entry to the zoo for non-members. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Events take place in rain or shine. Due to limited capacity, ticket reservations cannot change after purchase and must be purchased in advance. Capacity varies depending on the date and location.

Embrace your artistic mood with a virtual Paint the Wild event with social media sensation, Puddles! Zoo fans from across the country will enjoy painting a portrait of the zoo’s popular fishing cat Puddles that can be made anywhere, anytime. Registration includes an art kit of canvas and paint (brushes can be added for a fee), as well as a video tutorial delivered straight to your inbox. Paint the Wild kits are available for collection from the zoo from Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 28. Cost per person for kits with brushes: $ 40 (members) and $ 45 for (non-members) / kits without brush: $ 30 (members) and $ 35 (non-members). Kits can be shipped at an additional cost.

Tickets for the in-person and virtual event will be available from Monday March 8th and can be purchased at www.okczoo.org.

Paint your world wild with Paint the Wild! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance sales tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members and can be purchased at www.okczoo.org/tickets. Tickets for the zoo are limited daily to maintain social distance between guests. Located at the intersection of I-44 and I-35, OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, the Adventure District of Oklahoma City, and a partner of Adventure Road. General admission is $ 12 for adults and $ 9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over. Children under two years of age have free entry.

Stay connected with the zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok and check out our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Memberships at ZOOfriends.org can be purchased from US $ 45 and offer year-round access to the OKC Zoo as well as additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about zoo events, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.


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