Happy Zoo Year!

It’s time to start thinking about your goals for 2023, and the Virginia Zoo wants you to make meaningful choices. Our mission is to encourage our community to take action to save the world’s wildlife and their ecosystems, and our new Zoo Year’s Resolutions program will help you make conservation and sustainability top priorities for the next year and (we hope) forever.

Zoo Year’s Resolutions is a free education program for all Zoo guests. You decide how to participate.


Step 1: Make a Plan. Watch our website for updates or chat with Virginia Zoo staff and volunteers at information stations that will be set up at each Zoo event throughout the year to share information about the Zoo Year’s Resolution program. 

Step 2: Set Your Goals. Select your goals at our Noon Year’s Eve event on December 31st (or at many other future Zoo events). The Zoo will store your selections in a database to help track your progress. You can register as an individual or group to challenge or collaborate with friends and family. Make goals for your home, work, commute, school, community, and more.


Step 3: Report Your Progress. At Zoo and community events throughout the year, check in and let us know how you’re doing! Telling us about your goals will earn you 1 point. Showing us photos or videos of reaching your goals will earn you 2 points. If we think you’ve learned something new or mastered a task, we’ll give you 3 points and consider the goal met! Having trouble meeting a goal? Our staff and volunteers can give you advice and encouragement! 

Step 4: Discover the Difference. At the end of the year, points will be tallied, and top earners will earn prizes from the Zoo and community partners. Even better, we’ll share the accomplishments of all of our participants. You’ll be amazed at what a group of people can do to protect wildlife and the environment! 


  • Noon Year’s Eve: Sign up kick-off! Check out our education stations to commit to your Zoo Year’s Resolutions on December 31 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Click here for full event details.
  • 2023 Zoo Events. Check our Events Calendar for more check-in dates throughout the year! We’ll have staff ready to hear about your progress at events such as Growl Fest, Bike Night, Member Nights, EdZoocation Days, and more! You may even find us out and about in your community!