Zoo Adventure Passport: An Urban Environmental Initiative for Children and Families

October 1st, 2014 - September 30th, 2016 | PROJECT

Brookfield Zoo will expand its "Zoo Adventure Passport" (ZAP!) program for urban families with children ages 3-12 to serve additional families and increase informal science learning opportunities in the two Chicago suburbs of Cicero/Berwyn and Melrose Park. The program will serve as a gateway to new family experiences, teaching families and children about their local and world environments, and providing an opportunity for family enrichment in a community-centered learning environment. The zoo will use presentations and activities to enhance science learning, offer field trips that reconnect urban families with wildlife and nature, and provide STEM content through multigenerational science learning. Through this project, the zoo will increase family participation by 25%; improve student performance in school; increase family interest in and enthusiasm about science, nature, and the environment, and increase family participation in their children's education.

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Team Members

Jo-Elle Mogerman, Principal Investigator, Chicago Zoological Society


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-20-14-0438-14
Funding Amount: $146,579


Access and Inclusion: Urban
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Public Programs