ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo to Feature Teacher Workshops and “Edutainment” Booths for Families

Sep 25, 2009 - 04:00 PM EDT

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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teachers and families will be the focus at the ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo, scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival-style event will feature 14 science booths featuring hands-on activities for children of all ages, preschool to junior high, that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. In addition to the activities for families, for a $10 registration fee teachers and home school parents can receive four hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), TEEAC credit, and a curriculum CD-ROM filled with the day’s activities and classroom extensions.

“Programs such as Science Day at the Zoo offer a unique opportunity for teachers to continue their professional development and receive additional classroom resources to help make science more fun and engaging for students,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil Foundation. “We are proud to continue our partnership with the Dallas Zoo and support North Texas teachers.”

Participation at the activity stations and map stamps are free with Zoo admission. In exchange for participating in each station, families will receive stamps on a map and can redeem the map for prizes.

“This is a fun way to remind people that everyone is a scientist,” said Cynthia Bennett, Ph.D., curator of conservation education and science at the Dallas Zoo. “We look for ways to engage children and families and get them thinking about how things actually happen.”

Educators who pre-registered for the event received free parking and admission to the Zoo for the day. Teachers must pay parking and admission if they register the day of the event, but they can still receive CEUs and the curriculum CD-ROM. Information for educators and downloadable registration forms can be found at www.DallasZooEd.com.

The event is sponsored by the Dallas Zoo and the following community organizations: the Trinity River Audubon Center, City of Dallas Storm Water Management, the Museum of Nature and Science, City of Dallas Water Utilities, Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas Sanitation Services, Wildcare, North Texas Master Naturalists, and the Office of Environmental Quality.

The Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological experience in Texas, with a 95-acre park, interesting and exotic animals, and an education department that offers fascinating, fun programs for all ages. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The DART Light Rail Red Line stops at the Zoo entrance. Admission is $12 for adults and children age 12 and up, $9 for children age 3 to 11 and for seniors 65 and up, and free for children age 2 and younger, Dallas Zoological Society members, and pre-registered teachers. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.DallasZoo.com or call (214) 670-5656.

ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.

Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

Contact:

Eckert Communications
Susan Eckert, 214-528-9347
214-476-2008 mobile
susan@eckertcomm.com
or
Dallas Zoological Society
Sean Greene, 214-943-2771 x336
214-909-9232 mobile
sgreene@dalzoo.org