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 while others take place at locations around the community - and the country!
The Creature Conservancy
4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Spooky Species at The Creature Conservancy
Friday, October 27th, 2017,
Join us for an exciting event filled with classic Halloween creatures... a bat, vulture, raven, assorted snakes, spiders 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.
Back by popular demand: Join us to watch the Egyptian fruit bats fly in our large indoor arena after the evening programs! We move from our Education Center to our main building at 8:45pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. When everyone is inside we turn out the main lights, turn on the red lights, open the door to the colony's roost and watch in amazement as these intriguing bats have the "run" of the arena!
Paid admission to any of the five "Spooky Species" presentations includes this opportunity. Please indicate your interest when you purchase your tickets online.
The 5pm Saturday and Sunday "Spooky Species" programs are for families with children aged 6+, and include an hour-long animal presentation followed by cider and doughnuts. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost for 5pm programs: $15/person (paid with registration) plus a donation towards animal care such as: US-made rawhide chews, parrot toys, pet-safe squeaky toys, 30- and 55-gallon trash bags, paper towels, Windex, Windex re-fill, Chlorox bleach or bleach spray.
The 7pm "Spooky Species" programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday are for adults and families with teens. These sessions involve a longer animal presentation with more animals, and a more complex discussion than the earlier programs; they 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! Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost for 7pm programs: $20/person (paid with registration) plus a donation towards animal care such as: US-made rawhide chews, parrot toys, pet-safe squeaky toys, 30- and 55-gallon trash bags, paper towels, Windex, Windex re-fill, Chlorox bleach or bleach spray.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Creatures of the Night
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Spend the evening with us and meet some fascinating nocturnal animals when they are awake and active! We'll introduce you to Pete, our adorable striped skunk, Harper the three year old cougar and several other creatures of the night.
The experience will culminate with a free flight of the Egyptian fruit bats in our large indoor arena. At over 8000 square feet, this is the largest indoor bat flight in Michigan, certainly, and perhaps the country! With just red lights glowing, our colony of 35 fruit bats will take wing and dazzle you with their agility, their near silence and their sheer size.
This event is for adults aged 18 and over only.
Cost: $15 per person (paid with registration) plus a food donation for the animals. The foods needed most are quality domestic brands of canned and dry cat and dog food. For other options, please see our wishlist!
When checking the featured animal for a particular month's weekend Creature Encounters!, please be aware that featured animal changes are occasionally necessary. In the event that a change has been made, we will update this events calendar as soon as possible!