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At The Zoo
BY KARI PARKER, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Binder Park Zoo
Zoos are not just for kids! At Binder Park Zoo, we love when kids meet nature face to face, but we want adults to make that connection too. Our mission is to
connect people to nature, so we plan ways to engage people of all ages at the Zoo and inspire them to be conservation minded. Our many special events offer
Zoos are not just for kids!
5K around and a great way to spend a June morning at the Zoo.
By mid-summer the season is in full swing with Reptile Weekend on August 5 and 6 where guests can marvel at a giant snapping turtle or perhaps a rainbow boa constrictor. Members of the Michigan Society of Herpetologists collaborate with Zoo staff to help expose the misconceptions about these often misunderstood but very important and fascinating creatures – reptiles and amphibians.
Tour de Zoo on August 24 is the
food stations, beer and wine. A limited number of guests can enjoy a premium experience that includes an overnight stay in their own tented camp and breakfast overlooking the savanna.
Fall fun officially begins in October! Breweries from around Michigan are showcased at one of the most popular beer tasting events in the state - BontebOktoberfest on October 14. This 21 and up party is for beer lovers (wine, mead and cider, too) and features a staggering number of the finest craft brews to sample, an array of food options,
high level musical entertainment and zoo themed fun and prizes at the famous Carousel Derby.
From October 19- 29, ZooBoo attracts multitudes of ghosts and goblins, witches, princesses, and super- heroes. For over 30 years ZooBoo has been a traditional stop for families celebrating the season’s festivities. Hayrides, trick or treating, the Boo-ville Carnival and Haunted Africa are some of the highlights at ZooBoo, and of course the “merry-not-scary” fun
isn’t complete without a visit to see your favorite Zoo animal.
ZooLights ushers in the holiday season during the evenings of December 15-23 when the Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling light displays and themed decorations. Wander the lighted paths, visit the winter-hardy Zoo animals, have dinner with Santa, and enjoy festive activities for both the young, and the young at heart!
Binder Park Zoo opens for the 2017 season on April 13. No matter what your age, the Zoo has something for everyone to see and do. Mark your calendars now and plan to join in the fun. Go to www.binderparkzoo.org and like us on Facebook for information and updates about everything that’s happening at the Zoo.
opportunities for adults the Zoo with or without children. Whatever your stage in life, the Zoo has something fun, valuable and interesting to do! As a nonprofit zoo that receives no tax funding, our events are important fundraisers that help care for the animals, maintain our facilities, teach the importance of conservation and wildlife management, and inspire children of all ages to become ambassadors for wild- life.
to enjoy being at
REPTILE WEEKEND
Our first event of
the season is Corks for
Conservation on June
9. This posh, wine-tasting festival for the 21 and over crowd features an incredible selection of Michigan wines and light food pairings to savor. Live music creates the ambiance, while the natural beauty of the Zoo serves as the backdrop. Guests can enjoy bidding at the auctions for unique items and experiences, try their luck at the wine pull and visit the real celebrities of the evening – the Zoo animals.
The fastest land mammal – the endangered cheetah takes center stage during the Cheetah Chase 5K on June 24. Thousands of runners and walkers course through the Zoo, all in the name of conservation. Some are out to beat their best time while others take a more leisurely pace. Whatever your speed, the Cheetah Chase is still the most unique
third annual “bikes, beasts and beer” FUNdraiser event that everyone is talking about! Ride your bicycle through the Zoo and enjoy the hydration stations along the way sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. Then the fun moves to the pavilion with food, entertainment, prizes and more bike- themed shenanigans. Kids are welcome and costumes and decorated bikes are optional.
The summer winds down with an event as intriguing as its name - Sunset on the Savanna on September 1 is the ultimate date night. Couples can enjoy the Zoo exclusively for several hours before traveling to Wild Africa for the evening’s festivities. As the sun sets behind the savanna the romantic mood is set to enjoy South African themed
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