April 09, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Spring In Full Bloom at Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo launched into its summer season at the beginning of April with admission gate hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, regardless of the weather. The public will have several opportunities to experience the zoo this month with special events.

Please note: Road construction at the intersection of Missouri 13 (Kansas Expressway) and Interstate 44 causes significant travel delays. We encourage local residents to avoid the Interstate intersection by taking Glenstone, National or Grant Avenues from the south to Norton Road and approaching Dickerson Park Zoo from the east.

Easter EGGstravaganza – Saturday, April 11

Zookeepers will give papier-mâché Easter eggs filled with treats to animals for their own “hunt.” Enrichment is one way zookeepers stimulate the animals’ natural instincts to hunt for food.

Party for the Planet – Saturday, April 18

Celebrate Earth Day at Dickerson Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy learning stations and curiosity carts with biofacts set up throughout the zoo. The Fishin’ Magicians will perform strolling magic from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presentations in the Junior League Amphitheatre include “Eagles” at 11 a.m. followed by the Earth Hero award announcement (at approximately noon), and “Day Shift, Night Shift, Garbage Man” at 1 p.m.

Regular zoo admission is $7 for adults and teenagers and $5 for children age 3 to 12 and seniors age 60 and older. Children age 2 and younger and Friends of the Zoo members are admitted free.

Teddy Bear Rally – Saturday, April 25

Take advantage of free admission all day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). St. John’s Children’s Hospital will host health- and bear-related activities, entertainment and games from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy “zoolympics” and compare yourselves to the animals and $1-a-ride inflatables. Children are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to participate in the Bear Care Clinic.

For more information, contact: Melinda Arnold, Public Relations Director, 417-833-1570 (office) or 417-848-0162 (cell); marnold@dickersonparkzoo.org

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 North Fort • Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 833-1570 Phone • (417) 833-4459 Fax
Dickerson Park Zoo is a division of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board