Wooded Landscapes

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is a unique setting that can accommodate many special events in your life!  Pathways wind throughout our wooded landscape while our charming animal residents provide up-close education and entertainment.


Rentals range from an intimate morning breakfast with your special group of friends to a gala event encompassing the entire zoo for your guests to enjoy.  Please review the rental categories below to see which option is right for your occasion.

Birthday Parties

Create lasting memories for your child with a party held on the Canine Patio. Wolves, deer, and zebus (miniature hump-backed cattle) are close by for all to view.

Parties include: Zoo entry for up to 30 guests (additional guests $5/each), patio rental for two hours for up to 30 people, tables and chairs, 15-minute animal presentation, and an arts & crafts project.  You provide your own food, drinks, utensils and decorations.  (Balloons, music and alcohol are not permitted inside the zoo).

Birthday FAQ

Canid Patio Capacity:  60

Cost:  $249 for 2 hours – Payment is due at time of booking.

Amenities:  Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby

Event Types:  Birthday parties

Available:  Saturday & Sunday (except in December)

Yes, you may bring in decorations except for music and balloons.

Yes, you may bring food into the zoo. No glass or alcohol is permitted. Also, we do not allow anyone to feed our animals since we are a sanctuary and our animals have special dietary needs and medical issues.

Alternatively, There is a large park and picnic area to the right of the zoo along with a very nice children’s playground.

We have a few options if it rains on your party date.  You can choose to have the party despite the rain, in which case we may be able to move the party to the bear deck under a solid roof.  If given advance notice we can move the party to a different date, or you may cancel the party.

We will be taking a tally as your guests show up, so you can pay for any extra guests near the end of the party.

If you have more than 30 guests, the price is $5 per person.  Keep in mind that children under two years old are free.

Parties are available only on weekends and during either a morning or afternoon time slot.

We ask that if you need to cancel your party, we must have at least 7 days notice to refund the full party price.

You can arrive up to a half hour before your party to begin setting up decorations.

We ask that you pay the full amount as soon as possible.  This way you are ensured the date and time of your choosing.

Bear Deck

Enjoy a private rental on the bear deck in the morning before the zoo is open to the public.  You bring breakfast for you and your guests and we’ll provide the bears.

Sit with your friends just inches away from our black bears and watch them forage for their breakfast on the other side of the glass wall.

Rental includes 30 minutes behind-the-scenes tour of the bear exhibit (minimum age 10).  For groups with participants under age 10, an animal presentation is provided in lieu of the exhibit tour.  Tables and chairs for up to 20 people are provided.

Bear Deck Capacity:  20

Cost: $249 for 2 hours

Amenities: Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby

Event Types:  club gatherings, corporate meetings, birthday parties

Available Tuesday-Sunday (year round).


A fun opportunity to snooze at the zoo!

Deck Capacity:  100

Cost:  $48/person for up to 20 ($35 each additional person)

Amenities:  Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby

Event Types:  scout outings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, school groups

Available:  Tuesday through Sunday (April-September)

Facility Rental

Make your event a unique and special occasion by renting the zoo!

Reward your employees and their family members by treating them to a fun evening at the zoo.  Say “I do” in the zoo to create a memorable exchange of vows or host a community fundraiser!

Depending on your group size we can create various “up-close” animal activities to make your visit even more exciting.  Include a private tour, provide enrichment to the animals, participate in a training session and meet some of our animal residents up close!

Facility Capacity:  400

Cost:  $700 for 3 hours (non-public hours)

Amenities:  Gift shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby

Event Types:  corporate gatherings, family reunions, school groups, weddings

Available year round