"Living Classroom" Opens Monday at Topeka's Zoo

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA ZOO -- The Gary K. Clarke Education Center at the Topeka Zoo has undergone a major transformation over the last few months and is now known as the "Living Classroom". The zoo will open the doors of the "Living Classroom" to the public beginning Monday, February 13th at 9:00am.

Themed around three major ecosystems: the grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, the Living Classroom will feature numerous live animals, hands on interactive displays using the newest technology and floor to ceiling murals painted by local artist, Charles Moore. A log cabin style "Ranger Station" will house a "Ranger on Duty" available to answer questions about animals and displays and guide guests through the Living Classroom.

The Living Classroom is the primary location for classes and programs presented by the zoo's education department. Zoo camps, overnights, parties, meetings and numerous special events will also benefit from the use of the classroom. Private rental is also available and more information can be found at www.topekazoo.com.

Education Curator, Dennis Dinwiddie says he hopes the Living Classroom will be a highlight of the Topeka Zoo and allow us the opportunity to interact with visitors in a whole new way.

The Zoo and the Living Classroom are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last gate entry at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.75 for adults, $4.75 for senior citizens and $4.25 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under as well as Friends of the Topeka Zoo members are free.

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