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Zoo News

Sep 13, 2012

Science Day Presented by Raytheon – Saturday, September 29


The Dallas Zoo hosts Science Day, presented by Raytheon, on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Educators and zoo guests discover science-based activities at 16 different booths located throughout ZooNorth.  Teachers and homeschool parents can participate in educational workshops and earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours.  The event is open to the general public with paid Zoo admission and complimentary for pre-registered teachers. $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11.  Parking is $7 per vehicle. To register or for more information visit www.DallasZooEd.com.

The Dallas Zoo has 11 community partners joining in this event, featuring activities at booths ranging from recycling art projects, water quality testing with benthic macroinvertebrates, rock and mineral identification, bird beak adaptations, Play-Doh fossil imprints, plant identification & gardening, physical demonstrations, and much more.  The Zoo’s 5 booths will focus on Zoology with themes including Australia, turtles & tortoises, birds of prey, tigers and lemurs.  Each booth demonstration presents scientific principles in entertaining ways while also featuring various TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) aligned activities for four grade level groupings (PreK, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th). 

“Programs such as Science Day offer a unique opportunity for teachers to gain additional classroom resources,” said Gregg Hudson, executive director of the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “We are constantly looking for ways to engage teachers, students, and families with children, so these innovative, hands-on activities are a perfect way to do just that.”

The 11 participating community partners include: Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, City of Dallas Water Utilities/Cease the Grease, The Dallas Arboretum, Audubon Dallas – Trinity River & Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centers, City of Dallas Environmental Education Initiatives with UNT, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Texas Discovery Gardens, DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), and The Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

The Science Day event began more than 10 years ago exclusively for teachers, and has expanded to include activities for students of all ages.  Pre-registered teachers can earn 4 CPE hours in addition to receiving curriculum to use in their classroom.

About the Dallas Zoo:  The Dallas Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is the largest zoological experience in Texas featuring a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The official airline of the Dallas Zoo is American Airlines. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). Admission is $12 for ages 12-64, $9 for ages 3-11 and 65+, and free for ages 2 and younger and Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) members. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, download the free iPhone app, visit www.DallasZoo.com, or call 469 554 7500. 


About Raytheon: Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.comand follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.