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4-H members can visit Omaha zoo

Mar 05, 2013

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students active in 4-H have the opportunity to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., and sleep under a 20-foot tree with free flying colorful birds or take part in an exploration station of the entire zoo June 5-6.

Buses will leave the morning of June 5, making stops throughout Region 19 from Jefferson County to Lucas County to pick up participants. Buses will arrive in the afternoon at the Amazing Pizza Machine in Omaha where members can play games and enjoy a full pizza buffet. After a fun-filled afternoon, the participants will arrive at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Participants will spend the night in the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Building where they will use the Exploration Station to explore the zoo through an interactive map and videos that preview some of the biggest highlights of the zoo, such as the Scott Aquarium, Lied Jungle and more. Numerous animal displays and an interactive animal demonstration stage where an animal handler will visit the participants with a featured animal from the zoo are included.

The center of the Wild Kingdom Pavilion features a 20-foot high netted tree with free flying colorful birds. Below the tree features a water display with turtles, archer fish and much more. The exhibit is safari themed and deemed the “Trail Head” where visitors begin their wild adventure at Omaha’s Zoo. Participants will take a night hike before coming back to view a movie in the 300-plus seat auditorium in the exhibit area.

After sleeping under the tree in the exhibit, the members will enjoy a breakfast before setting off on another guided hike.

Before boarding the buses, the participants will be able to enjoy a little free time with their chaperones to explore other exhibits the zoo has to offer.

Each county in Region 19 may have financial aid and funds available to help their members with the trip fee causing the cost of the trip for the members to vary from county to county. Contact the local county Extension Office for details. Locally, call Kaye Gilbert, the Jefferson County 4-H youth coordinator, at 472-4166.

Sign up for the trip before March 15.

Trip payments include transportation, the afternoon at the Amazing Pizza Machine, entrance to the Henry Doorly Zoo, breakfast while at the zoo, a visit from an animal handler and a T-shirt the member must wear while on the trip.

4-H’ers will be responsible for lunch both days in addition to whatever spending money the member may want to have.

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