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Lincoln Park Zoo awarded 2 significant grants for science education
Date:8/4/2011

Lincoln Park Zoo was awarded two significant, highly competitive national grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Association of Museums (AAM) and the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support science education locally and abroad.

"Science education is a crucial part of our mission, and these grants will provide the assets necessary to deliver high-quality educational experiences that have the potential to impact thousands of people from middle-school kids in Chicago and their counterparts in Africa to families enjoying a leisurely visit to the zoo," said Rachel Bergren, Vice President of Education at Lincoln Park Zoo.

IMLS Museums for America Grant The zoo will receive $149,295 through the IMLS Museums for America grant program to develop a new fleet of six mobile learning stations that are designed to create a dynamic guest experience and foster inquiry-based learning.

Design concepts and development will begin immediately with the assistance of project design consultant Museum Explorer. Learning stations will be pilot tested and evaluated to ensure maximum effectiveness before final design implementation.

"We are excited to bring guests closer to the work Lincoln Park Zoo does in new and exciting ways through specially designed learning stations. With three million visitors a year, this greatly expands our ability to reach our guests," says Jessica Monahan, director of public programs and guest engagement.

Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad Program The zoo was awarded $85,000 through AAM and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad (MCAA) program to develop a collaborative youth program between Chicago and Niamey, Niger called Community of Conservation: Research Exchange Experiences for Global Youth. "The open dialogue that is established by this mu
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Contact: Sharon Dewar
sdewar@lpzoo.org
312-742-2246
Lincoln Park Zoo
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