Sunset Zoo To Open New Nature Exploration Center This Weekend

By: Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers
By: Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers

MANHATTAN, Kan. – June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month and Sunset Zoo has a weekend full of historic celebrations planned. On Sunday, Sunset Zoo will unveil its new entryway and education facility, The Nature Exploration Center, to the public. The Zoo will open at Noon with a formal ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony; guests be invited to use the new ticket booth immediately following the ceremonies. Zoo Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the facility to answer any questions as guests explore; regular Zoo admission rates apply for this event.

“We can’t wait to show off this new building to the community,” said Scott Shoemaker, Zoo Director. “We’re excited for folks to see how this new space will enhance their connection to Sunset Zoo and I cannot thank our guests enough for their patience throughout the construction process.

Community members got an exclusive first look at the new facility during Friends of Sunset Zoo’s Wine in the Wild Saturday evening. The event’s VIP reception was held in the Nature Exploration Center with wine and food tasting stations set up throughout.

Sunset Zoo’s new Nature Exploration Center will house an interactive distance learning lab, expanded education offerings, a year-round gift shop and ticket booth, and provide a unique venue for private events, including weddings, family reunions and corporate gatherings.

The project is funded primarily through a sales tax initiative that was passed by Manhattan citizens in 2009. Private support is also a crucial aspect of the project with several organizations and individuals providing funding. For more information about the Nature Exploration Center, the Zoo’s new Gibbons Exhibit or Grand Opening festivities, visit or call 785.587.APES.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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