Denver Zoo partners with Clayton Early Learning for a new grant-funded program

 

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has recently awarded Denver Zoo a $5,000 "Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium" grant for the Zoo's Nurturing Scientists through Nature Play initiative. This competitive grant is supported through a gift from the Disney Conservation Fund and benefits AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums seeking to develop or enhance family nature play and conservation education programs.

In effort to target under-served preschool children ages 3-5, their caregivers and teachers, Denver Zoo is partnering with Clayton Early Learning for the Nurturing Scientists through Nature Play program. Participating children will be encouraged to explore nature play and develop age-appropriate inquiry and experimentation skills. Students will be immersed in natural environments both at the Zoo as well as their school; exploring, interacting with animals and practicing science skills that encourage children to experience the Zoo and their neighborhood in new and exciting ways.

"AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are centers of conservation, dedicated to connecting communities to nature. These grants help to continue building those initiatives," said Jim Maddy, president and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. "By providing opportunities for families to spend time with one another and to explore nature in new and fun ways, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums play a key role in educating visitors about protecting our earth and inspiring the next generation of conservationists."

To learn more about the "Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium" grant, click here.

About Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

About the Children & Nature Network

Since its founding in 2006, the Children & Nature Network has been advocating for children, their families and communities to enhance their health and well-being through direct experiences in nature. C&NN’s vision is a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. C&NN provides a wide range of user-friendly tools, including those to enhance positive family bonding and access to fun, friendly nature-based activities. To learn more, visit http://www.childrenandnature.org.

About the North American Association for Environmental Education

For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has been a leader in promoting excellence in environmental education throughout North America. It is the only national membership organization dedicated to strengthening the field of environmental education. With members in more than 30 countries and Affiliate organizations in 54 states, provinces, and regions, NAAEE represents more than 16,000 members and supporters. NAAEE also operates the Natural Start Alliance—a network of parents, teachers, and organizations that are working to ensure that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers regularly play and learn in nature.