Zoo Scholarships for El Valor Campers
Extending the Wonders of Wildlife Throughout Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Camp wrapped up last week, with 730 young nature lovers spending weeklong sessions at the zoo. Participants ranging from 4-year-olds–fourth graders learned about animals in the zoo’s living classroom. Kids did everything from making piñatas to enrich the Eurasian lynx at the Kovler Lion House to collecting behavioral data on gorillas and Grevy’s zebras—just as zoo scientists do.
Among the happy campers were 18 4- and 5-year-olds from Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The group, affiliated with community organization El Valor, enjoyed full scholarships from Lincoln Park Zoo. As a result, thelittle ones got to touch worms at the Farm-in-the-Zoo, meet a three-toed box turtle at Regenstein Small Mammal–Reptile House and chat with a keeper about what’s on the menu for the zoo’s birds.
As the kids formed a closer connection with wildlife, Community Relations Manager Alex Gallegos introduced their parents to the zoo’s wonders as well. A special tour highlighted animals ranging from massive black rhinos to tiny pied tamarins. He also showcased the zoo’s range of free daily activities, encouraging the families to come back after camp had closed.
“It was a big success,” says Gallegos. “The campers had a great time, and their parents learned about everything the zoo has to offer. It’s all part of our effort to connect people with nature at Chicago’s free zoo.”
by James Seidler • Published August 20, 2012
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