Garden Club volunteer

Garden Club

Gardens are a vital part of the survival of many native New York species. With a small staff, we rely on our amazing Garden Club volunteers to create and maintain beautiful spaces for our guests (& insect friends) to enjoy throughout the year.

To start your own garden, or volunteer to take ownership of an existing garden, contact us at 315-782-6180

Painting Classes

Canvas & Conservation

Create a masterpiece in the name of conservation! Our painting classes are available to book at your convenience. Have us come to you, or use our facilities to host a painting party that will ultimately benefit the conservation efforts of The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

Call 315-782-6180 or email

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is excited to offer programming for every age group - including adult programs. Looking for things to do in Watertown, NY? Check out our full list of adult programs and events on our Facebook Page. Sign up for a program by contacting Guest Services at 315-782-6180 or email