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ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo merges learning with fun
Sep 18, 2013

Program features special curriculums for teachers, students and public 

Education is a key part of the mission of every accredited zoo, and the Dallas Zoo’s ExxonMobil Science Day spreads knowledge and fun at the same time. (www.dallaszoo.com)

More than 500 teachers are expected to attend the Zoo’s event on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Giants of the Savanna and Wilds of Africa areas. Booths staffed by community partners, the Zoo, and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will offer engaging activities and curriculums for preschool through eighth-grade levels.

It’s a great way for teachers to connect with science-focused community partners. Teachers who participate for at least four hours, visit all booths and complete grade level-appropriate activities will receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. At the end of event, teachers will have access to all curriculums online.

Participating community partners include Audubon Dallas, City of Dallas Cease the Grease, Dallas-Area Rapid Transit (DART), Perot Museum of Nature and Science, SciTech Discovery Center, Texas Discovery Gardens, Texas Wildlife Association and children’s book author D.S. Arnauld. Nature photographer and author Greg Dimijian will be a featured guest. In addition, six Dallas Zoo booths will share information about these topics: Citizen Science; Wildlife Research; African Savanna; Zoo Careers; Wilds of Africa; and Aquatic Ecology by the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

DART will provide complimentary flash drives to all participating teachers so they can download the curriculums provided by the community partners.

ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo is free for pre-registered teachers. Teachers who have not pre-registered by the end of today (Sept. 6) must purchase a $12 Zoo admission to attend and obtain access to all activities. Teacher pre-registration is available online at www.dallaszoo.com/education/education-events.

The event also is open to the general public with paid Zoo admission of $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

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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, $9 for ages 65 and above, and free for ages 2 and younger and DZS members. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7500.


About Exxon Mobil Corporation:

ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company and operates in most of the world’s countries, using technology and innovation to help meet growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.


ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community