Plan Your Event

Birthdays! Company Meetings!
Breakfast with the Bears!

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.

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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

Celebrate a special birthday at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Create lasting memories for your child with a party held on the Canid Deck. The deck provides a nice open area for your party with great views of the wolf-hybrids and deer.

Parties include: Admission for up to 30 guests (up to 10 additional guests $7/each), patio rental for two hours, tables and chairs, and an coloring activity. You provide your own food, drinks, utensils, and decorations. Our party host will present a 15-minute animal talk to introduce party guests to a special new friend — maybe a snake, bearded dragon, or tortoise. The party host will share fun information about the animal, answer questions, and allow guests to gently touch the animal (animal presentation varies depending on availability and weather).

  • Canid Patio Capacity: 40
  • Cost: $249 for 2 hours – Payment is due at time of booking.
  • Amenities: Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby
  • Available: Saturday & Sunday (except in December) with a minimum of 10 days advanced notice
  • Note: Balloons, music, and alcohol are not permitted inside the zoo sanctuary.

If you would like to book a birthday party at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, please contact Jessica Donahoo at

Yes, you may bring in decorations. Note: Balloons, music, and alcohol are not permitted inside the zoo sanctuary.

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 barn. 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 $7 per person.  Keep in mind that children under two years old are free and the facility has a capacity for 40 guests.


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.

Breakfast with the Bears

Enjoy a private rental on the bear deck in the morning before the Zoo Sanctuary opens to the public. You supply breakfast for your group, and we provide breakfast for our bears.

The deck provides you with a close-up view of the bear exhibits, so you and your guests can enjoy watching them forage for their breakfast. One of our wonderful volunteer docents will host a biofact table and share fun facts and answer questions about some of the zoo sanctuary animals.

  • Bear Deck Capacity: 20
  • Cost: $249 for 90 minutes
  • Amenities: Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby
  • Event Types: club gatherings, corporate meetings, birthday parties
  • Available: Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the months of September through May, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the months of June through August.
Bear playing in water with ball

If you would like to book a Breakfast with the Bears experience at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, please contact Jessica Donahoo at

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 for 100 guests (additional guests $10)
  • Amenities: Gift Shop, playground nearby, restroom nearby
  • Available: Year Round after hours, Summer 4-7pm, Fall, Winter and Spring 5-8pm.
  • Event Types: Corporate gatherings, Family reunions, School groups, Weddings, Fundraisers
Barn Opening

If you would like to book a Zoo Rental at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, please contact Guy Easterling at

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