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Celebrate America Recycles Day!

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Tomorrow’s America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to celebrating and encouraging more recycling. A program of Keep America beautiful, millions turn out to thousands of events held through the country to learn more about recycling and what they can do to help. The #GreenestZooInAmerica is hosting our annual America Recycles Day field trip, engaging almost 400 elementary students in activities that promote the three R’s – reducing, reusing, and recycling. These activities make the connection between wildlife, conservation, and waste reduction, encouraging students to take positive actions in their daily lives. By recycling as much as we can, we will save energy, conserve natural resources, divert waste from landfills, and create jobs.

In addition to Friday’s field trip, the Cincinnati Zoo will continue celebrating America Recycles Day by participating in Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s “One Stop Drop” on Saturday, November 16. Residents are encouraged to bring their non-curbside recyclable items free of charge to the Whole Foods Parking lot in Rookwood between 10am and 2pm. These items include e-waste, plastic grocery bags, plastic #5’s such as butter or yogurt containers, and used writing utensils. A full list of accepted items can be found on their website.

Cohen Recycling, the electronics recycling partner of the #GreenestZooInAmerica, will also be hosting an e-waste drive with the Bengals on Saturday, November 16 from 10am-1pm in the lot at Longworth Hall. This e-waste collection event will allow Bengals fans to recycle their unwanted electronics in a responsible way, keeping harmful materials out of landfill and securely protecting your data. A small fee will be applied to recycle CRT monitors ($5), and tube/ projector TVs (under 32” are $10, over 32” are $20). All other electronics are recycled free of charge. A list of accepted items can be found on their website.

Dave Lapham, Margus Hunt and a teammate or 2 will be on hand for autographs and pictures between 11:30 and 12:30 during the event.  Plus, everyone recycling items can also enter for a chance to win many great prizes.

One lucky recycler will win VIP experience with club seats and sideline passes when the Bengals host the Ravens on December 29. Other prizes include a meet and greet with Dave Lapham plus dinner at Holy Grail during his radio show December 23, autographed footballs and Bengals Pro-shop gear.

Join the Cincinnati Zoo in celebrating America Recycles Day! If you visit the Zoo this Friday, look for the field trip activities throughout the Zoo. All are welcome to participate and learn more about recycling. This weekend, go to one of the drop off events to keep harmful items out of the landfill!

November 14, 2013   2 Comments

A Classroom Experience Your Students Will Remember

Hands on an Armadillo

Instead of looking at a picture of a blue-tongued skink’s crazy colored tongue, lecturing about difference between a chinchilla’s fur and a frog’s skin, or watching a video about the way an alligator is adapted to be a water predator, why not bring your class to the zoo to experience 45 minutes that your students will surely talk about for days? The zoo is currently offering six different hands-on animal demonstration classes for students preK-5.  These classes are the perfect opportunity to enrich any life science lesson.  Every class, held in the Harold C. Schott Education Center, is designed with content vocabulary, hands-on activities, and at least three live animals the students will get to touch!

Our classes for the 2011 School Year Include:
• Fur, Feathers, Scales (PreK – 2) – Younger students learn how to determine if animals are mammals, birds or reptiles based on body coverings.
• Adaptations (PreK – 2, 3-5) – Adaptable for younger or older students, this program introduces several unique live animals and explores their adaptations related to survival.
• Life Cycles (K – 2, 3-5) – Adaptable for younger or older students, live animals are used to show the different ways that wildlife goes through life cycles.
• Inquiry: Are Animals Picky Eaters? (K – 5) – Students learn how to ask introductory investigative questions about the world around them and conduct a simple experiment involving live animals. Tailored to the age group.
• Food Chains ( 3-5) – Bring food chains to life while learning how living things get energy to survive, as well as how they may be affected by changes in the environment.
• Living Dinosaurs ( 3-5) – Discover ancient adaptations and relationships that today’s animals have in common with dinosaurs.
At the conclusion of each state standard aligned animal demonstration, your students will be roaring to explore the zoo in a new way. Warning: Zoo classes may cause extreme excitement about learning!

To get all the details on animal demonstration classes, check out http://cincinnatizoo.org/education/schools-teachers/visit-the-zoo/school-classes-at-the-zoo/animal-demonstrations/ and be sure to check out the Service Learning Discount to really get your students involved!

September 22, 2011   1 Comment