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Education SceneLearning is WILDLY fun at Binder Park Zoo!BY HANNAH SMEDLEY, Education Supervisor, Binder Park ZooLearning is WILDLY fun at Binder Park Zoo, where engaging experiences build curiosity, encourage exploration, and create respect for nature. Our goal is to inspire guests of every age to make a difference for wildlife and to provide the opportunities to get face-to-face with an- imals and form connections for a lifetime of memories. Come explore with us!Binder Park Zoo – and they happen all year round. Zoo parties come with a bonus too, a little learning with every birthday! Each package includes an animal encounter, and may also include carousel rides, admission to the zoo, and animal feeding opportuni- ties depending on the time of year and lo- cation choice.Hanna with Eliza, a southern ground hornbill.Safari Day Camp is a unique summer experience sure to get kids off the couch, exploring and playing outdoors! Eight weeks of camp between June 17 and Au- gust 16 are for kids entering 1st through 7th grades. Save with membership and multi- week discounts and an “early bird” discount for registration before April 1. Campers will enjoy games and activities, create an- imal enrichment, see live animals up close, chat with the zookeepers and much more.The ZooMobile outreach program con- nects communities to the zoo like nothing else! For over 40 years it has been an im- portant resource for educators and commu- nity leaders as a means for schools, day- cares, libraries, senior centers, etc. to enjoy a zoo visit without leaving their facility. ZooMobiles bring live animals, biofacts, and activities that engage participants to learn about and connect with animals, right in their own neighborhood.Add something extra to your visit with a Wild Walk or Wild Encounter. Wild Walks are guided tours to get the inside scoop on the animals that call Binder Park Zoo home. A single guest or a group of up to 30 people can add a Wild Walk to their visit. Wild Encounters provide guests with a private 30-minute experience with ambassador animals and a topic of their choosing. Up to 40 people can participate in one encounter and smaller groups and families are welcome to join, too. Guests looking for a more in-depth experience can upgrade to a Wild Encounter PLUS – an additional 30 minutes of activities that sig- nificantly increases the educational value of your visit.Overnight Programs provide an amaz- ing time for groups and families to discover the wonders of the zoo at night! Zoo Snooze and Overnight Safari are ideal for scout groups, classrooms, youth groups, and private parties; while the Family Slumber Party is designed for families to experience. Choose from a range of fascinating topics or a custom program that meets your curric- ulum or badge requirements. Overnighters can choose to sleep under the stars near the snow leopard exhibit, or spend the night sa- vanna-side in the tented camp. They’ll meet live animals, hike the zoo and share other nighttime adventures together at the zoo.Designed for the littlest learners, First Adventures with Nature (F.A.W.N), helps parents, grandparents, and pre- schools cultivate a love of nature in their 2-5 year-olds. F.A.W.N. Playgroups in- clude encounters with zoo animals, outside exploration, and imaginative, nature-based play. Early childhood is a critical phase of development for children, and we provide the zoo as a backdrop to make their first connections to nature.Binder Park Zoo also strives to be a resource for educators, and no program accomplishes this better than The BIG Zoo Lesson. It’s where the zoo becomes the classroom for a full week for teachers, students and parents to engage in unique learning that apply to all subjects in a cur- riculum.The WILDEST Birthday Parties are atFor information about these and other programs, visit ISSUE I SCENE 4403 19

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