November 13, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)



Mayor Fischer, JCPS Superintendent and Other Leaders
Participate in School At The Zoo with Student Buddies

Zoo Celebrates AZA Award for School at Zoo

WHO | Mayor Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens and other community leaders are trading in their briefcases for backpacks and heading to school – at the Louisville Zoo.

WHAT | The Zoo’s Education Department is offering an abridged version of School at the Zoo. The activities, held in Glacier Run, will mimic what the students participate in when they attend the week-long multi-disciplinary program geared to 4th and 7th grade students at JCPS Title 1 schools.  Activities include:

Each leader will have a “student buddy” from Lincoln Performing Arts Elementary who has been through the School at the Zoo program.  At the end of the hands-on activities the groups will report what they have learned and a class photo will be taken.

WHY | In honor of the Zoo’s  2013 Significant Achievement  Education Award  from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  PLEASE SEE FULL RELEASE BELOW

WHEN | Friday, November 15 from 1:30-2:30

WHERE | Glacier Run classroom (sign in at the front receptionist desk). Please contact Kyle Shepherd at 502-744-5639 prior to coverage.


The AZA Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success. The Louisville Zoo received its Education Award in the category of institutions with budgets over $5 million.


The Louisville Zoo functions as a “living classroom” for almost 1,500 elementary and middle school students annually through the School at the Zoo (SAZ) program. This unique learning opportunity offers a week of “hands on” experiences, which engage students’ cognitive, kinesthetic, affective, and sensory abilities. SAZ was created to help with the region’s need to improve test scores, reduce the achievement gap, and make science literacy a reality for all citizens of Kentucky. In the fall of 1998, the Zoo began a pilot week-long program for a few elementary schools. Funding was secured and the response was so positive that the Zoo decided to proceed with the program to include middle school level students. SAZ has continued to grow as it continued to meet the needs of local Title I schools. The Jefferson County Public School System is a collaborative partner in the SAZ program.


About Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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