The new Harold C. Schott Education Center will be a dynamic facility that integrates the excitement and wonder of exploring a rain forest habitat with the creative approach to educating children and adults for which the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is nationally renowned.
“This Center represents the mission of an institution dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge and conserving nature,” stated Gregg Hudson, President & CEO of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “This facility will be a vital cornerstone of our Zoo made possible by support from individuals, corporations and foundations, and the work of our dedicated Zoo staff.”
The 31,000-square-foot Education Center, designed by CLR design Inc. and Glaserworks, will be home to the Zoo’s expanded educational programs as well as a 350-seat general-purpose auditorium. Ten new classrooms will encircle a “Discovery Forest,” a large round greenhouse containing both plants and animals that will greatly enrich the overall learning experience. The Center will include a distance learning studio for conducting live and taped video connections to local area high schools and will accommodate overnight student groups and clubs that participate in the ever-popular Nocturnal Adventures program.
The Discovery Forest exhibit and expanded landscape outside of the Center . Will give visitors the chance to understand the importance of plants in our daily lives. It will highlight the unique ability of plants to collect solar energy and in turn make it available to the animals that live among the trees of our forests or the grasses of our savannas. Visitors will discover the connection between plants and life saving medicines derived from their biological makeup. The complete integration of a 5,000-square-foot Discovery Forest within the learning environment will set the stage for a one of a kind educational experience.
“This facility is about the future,” said David Jenike, Director of Education for the Cincinnati Zoo. “It is about sharing the wonder and joy of nature with generations to come. It is about creating the commitment needed to leave the world biologically richer than we found it. And it is about providing a vibrant educational opportunity for our community – our city.”
The new Harold C. Schott Education Center will enhance the Zoo’s ability to provide a unique educational experience to the general public, pre-school and school age children and the high school students who attend the on-site Zoo Academy. Throughout the year, the Zoo provides an educational experience to nearly 400,000 pre-school and school-age children. More than 4,600 presentations and over 120 programs are produced. As an informal educational facility, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden creates ideal settings in which students can explore and come to understand the biological richness of our world.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. Opened in 1875, it is the nation’s second oldest zoo and a national historic landmark. The Zoo’s 75 acres house 510 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. This not-for-profit entity is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects around the world.
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