The Creature Conservancy



Upcoming Events

In addition to the numerous presentations we give for schools, clubs, private and corporate groups, The Creature Conservancy schedules several events each year that are open to the public. Below is a list of the upcoming opportunities to meet, learn about, and sometimes touch cool creatures from around the world.

Many of these events are held in the Special Events building at The Creature Conservancy (4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) while others take place at locations around the community - and the country!


Sunday, October 11th, 2015 - Creature Feature logo in Ann Arbor

5:00 - 8:00 pm at The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Enjoy an evening of excitement and meet some of our most gregarious animals at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's annual Creature Feature event! You will find our exhibits on the main floor of the museum. Each exhibit will have our volunteer staff members on hand to introduce you to the animals and answer your questions. Don't forget your cameras!

Tickets should be purchased in advance as this is always a sold-out event. See the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum website for details, and look through the photo gallery below to see photos of past Creature Feature events!

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Teacher Appreciation Evening

7:00 pm at The Creature Conservancy

Calling all teachers in Washtenaw County - you are invited to attend our free Teacher Appreciation Evening!

We have been quietly offering exceptional hands-on interactive science programs for schools and other groups within the community for years, but it's time to introduce ourselves to the broader community of educators around the county.

As part of this effort, we are hosting an evening event for area educators. Meeting a reindeer, touching a sloth, hearing the squeaks and squeals of a young warthog are all part of this fun-filled evening. Food, drink, and door prizes are part of the festivities as well!

If you're already familiar with us, you'll get to see new facilities and new animals. If you are just now learning about us, you'll be amazed at what we have to offer teachers and students in the community.

Registration is required. Please register early, as seating is limited.

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And please feel free to spread the word to your fellow educators. We look forward to seeing you!

"Spooky Species" at The Creature Conservancy

Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 7:00pm - 8:30pm*

Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 5:00pm - 6:30pm and 7:00pm - 8:30pm*

Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

*followed by fruit bat free flight (see description below)

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Join us for an exciting event filled with classic Halloween creatures... bats, vultures, owls, snakes, scorpions, and more. At our annual Halloween event, you'll get to meet many live animals face to face, one of which is an actual Monster! During these hour-long programs, we'll discuss some myths and legends as we replace fiction with facts about these amazing creatures. These interactive programs offer hands-on opportunities with several of the animals along with time for questions.

NEW THIS YEAR - join us to watch the Egyptian fruit bats fly in our large indoor arena after the evening programs! We will move from our Education Center to our main building at 8:45pm both Friday and Saturday evenings. When everyone is inside, we will turn out the lights, open the bat door, and watch in amazement as these intriguing bats have the "run" of the arena!

Paid admission to any of the four Spooky Species presentation includes this opportunity. Please indicate your interest when you register.

The 7pm Spooky Species programs Friday and Saturday are for adults, and families with teens. These sessions involve a longer animal presentation with more complex discussion and are not recommended for children younger than 12. Enjoy cider and doughnuts after the program, and more hands-on opportunities with some of our coolest spooky species!

The 5pm Saturday Spooky Species program and the Sunday afternoon program are for families with children aged 6+, and includes an hour-long animal presentation followed by cider and doughnuts. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $15 per person (paid with registration) plus a food donation for the animals. The foods needed most are quality brands of canned and dry cat and dog food. For other options, please see our wishlist!

See photos below of previous Spooky Species!

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Recent Events

enjoy photos of many of our annual events (below)... click to enlarge