Head to Pet Supplies Plus this Saturday!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

From 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (July 19) the ZooMobile will visit Pet Supplies Plus in Fairport as a way to celebrate a partnership to help our Education Animal Collection. Pet Supplies Plus generously donated four domestic rats and a new enclosure to the Education Animal Collection. The rats named Lily, Aster, Rose, and Tulip can be seen all summer long in the Zoo’s Stage Show.

The Zoo offered to send a ZooMobile as a thank you, and in response, Pet Supplies Plus offered to run a donation event for the Zoo! For the entire month of July, you can make a donation at their checkout. All the money goes to purchase items for our Education Animal Collection.

So come on out and meet some of our animals, see all the goodies Pet Supplies Plus can provide for your pets and also help the Education Animal Collection.

Pet Supplies Plus is located at 585 Moseley Road in Fairport. We hope to see you there!

- Kenny Nelson, Interpretation Coordinator

 

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Do your part. Plant a butterfly garden!

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Our Outreach Coordinator has some exciting news about Monarch butterflies!

Watch this video to learn more.

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Interning at the Zoo: “A truly rewarding experience”

During the spring, all of us involved with the ZooTeen Leaders program were lucky to have Kyleigh Schoenweitz as our intern. The program is a year-long opportunity for teens to learn through activities focusing on conservation issues, local and global environmental issues, communication skills and career development.

Below is Kyleigh’s post after her culminating presentation to the ZooTeen Leaders. You can see a copy of her final presentation on creating a wildlife garden at your home here.

- Anneke Nordmark, Youth and School Groups Program Coordinator

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Being an intern at the Seneca Park Zoo was truly a rewarding experience. My job was to do the ice breakers or warm ups at every meeting, be there to help out when I was needed and in the end I had to make my own lesson to teach. My dream is to work somewhere like a zoo or something close to it. Being an intern in a program like this is not only fun but it gets me one step closer to the top of the ladder to my career. I made new friends, had new experiences and so much more.

When I first found out that I had an opportunity to become an intern I was excited but also a little hesitant. I was never the one to run up first to do public speaking projects at school because I hated talking in front of groups and this internship required me to do so. I decided to get over that hesitation and jump into it head first and I am so glad I did. It has built my confidence up so much to be a part of this. In the beginning I was nervous, unorganized in my thoughts and I didn’t really know how to give directions to a large group and have them listen to it. As the program progressed it got easier and easier to do these ice breakers or anything for that matter in front of a large group and now I can do it almost with ease as long as I practice a little and plan it out on a paper which were more skills I learned during this.

My final lesson was probably the scariest part of the whole internship. Even though I built my confidence up it was still such a new thing to me. I did my lesson on wildlife gardens and their importance. At first I was nervous because I had to teach completely independently without anyone else but me and the group in the room and I wasn’t used to this but after I started teaching the confidence came back and I started being okay with teaching it. It went really great and everyone seemed interested in it.

This internship was definitely something worth doing. Both Anneke and Julie made it easy and fun for me. I got good tips on how to better myself in skills that I lacked like organization or confidence for example. I loved the setting and I got so much out of it. I’m truly thankful for the opportunity that I had because if I had not done it I don’t know what I would be doing differently than what I had learned. This has even helped me get better in college as this past year was my freshman year and I used skills I learned at the Zoo in things at school. I made amazing friends while I was there and to me it was awesome that I was trusted to do the things that I did independently it made me feel like a part of the Zoo. Like I said in the beginning of this post, this internship was one of the most rewarding things that I’ve done. A big huge thank you to Anneke for not only giving me this amazing opportunity but also helping me better myself and giving me someone to talk to, I’m seriously thankful for it. I could go on and on and on about so many different things about my internship but I will leave it at that.

- Kyleigh Schoenweitz, intern

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ZooCamp is selling out fast!

This week we welcomed our littlest campers to ZooCamp – 3- and 4-year-olds! We have filled our days with songs, crafts, stories, animal visitors, playing indoors and outdoors and investigating the Zoo. It was so much fun.

Our preschool camps are currently sold out but we do still have a few openings in our school-aged camps (for ages 5 to 12) which begin July 7 but spaces are extremely limited. More than half of our camps are currently sold out so if you are thinking of registering your child for camp, be sure to call us as soon as possible. We can’t wait to see you at camp!

To register for camp, please call us at (585) 336-7213 for the latest availability.

- Emily Coon-Frisch, Manager of Program Development

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It’s amazing how far pennies, nickels and dimes can go!

The fifth-grade student leaders at the Harris Hill Elementary school decided to fundraise for charity. After collecting change from their fellow students over several months, the team raised more than $1,500! The student leaders surveyed their fellow students to see what they would like to support with their funds and animals and the environment came out on top.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

That’s when they decided to call the Seneca Park Zoo Education Department. We went to the fifth-grade leaders’ meeting to share about the organizations we raise money Health In Harmony and the International Elephant Foundation, as well as how to best choose a charitable organization to help. After considering the organization’s mission, programs and annual report, students decided to donate their money to Health In Harmony.

This month, the Seneca Park Zoo proudly accepted Harris Hill Elementary’s donation on behalf of Health In Harmony. 100% of the students’ fundraising proceeds will go to this amazing organization

- Anneke Nordmark, Youth + School Group Program Coordinator

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Summer Programs take flight May 24!

Summer Programs take flight this Saturday (May 24)!

Our Interpretation Coordinator Kenny Nelson shares his excitement with his pal Minnow in the video here.

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Birthdays are a blast at the Zoo

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

The excitement of summer is in the air, and that means there are fun times to be had here at the Seneca Park Zoo through our Birthday Party program. Although we run birthdays all year long, summertime is when we get the most requests and questions about our parties. We would like to take a moment to answer a few of the frequently asked questions we receive in order to help make your birthday party the best it can be!

How long do birthday parties last?

Birthday parties run approximately two hours long. We have two time slots available for booking on Saturdays and Sundays, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

What do the birthday parties include and how much do they cost?

Click here for birthday packages.

Where do the birthday parties take place?

We have a few options for locations. The Basic and Deluxe package parties are held in one of our two classrooms, which are located in the Z.O.T. Zone building near the middle of the Zoo. The Family Package parties are located within the same building, however they are in our larger conference room. During the summer months we also have an event tent available for parties, located near our Tiger Exhibit.

What other fun things can I add on to my child’s party?

We have a variety of extras that you may add on to make your party extra special.

Can I bring a cake?

Yes, you can bring a cake! To ensure there is no chance of illness we simply ask that it be purchased from a store or bakery.

How do I book a Zoo birthday party?

To book a birthday party, simply call us at 336-7213 to check availability and we’ll assist you through the easy booking process. Please note, we require a non-refundable $50 deposit to reserve a date. There is a two-week minimum reservation time frame before the actual party date.

We hope these help to answer your Zoo birthday party questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 336-7213 and we would be happy to address them. We look forward to celebrating your child’s birthday here at the Zoo!

- Amanda LeClair, Birthday Party Coordinator

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