Zoos

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$891,000
Source: 
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient: 
Multiple zoos - see Project Overview
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity, State Government
Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2011
Activity Type: 
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$891,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Programs at the zoos will increase students' understanding of Minnesota's wildlife, help visitors understand their role in conservation efforts, and renew community interest and participation with their local zoo.

Como Zoo's proposed outcomes:
1. Update educational and interpretive signage in 2 animal collection areas
2. Present a new animal state show to over 200,000 guests
3. Develop 3 off-peak season art shows celebrating artists that have some connection to Como's mission
4. Present Blooming Butterflied to over 400,000 guests

Measurable Outcome(s) 

Como Zoo used Legacy funds for projects including:

  • Education and interpretive signage
  • Animal Show
  • Temporary Exhibits
  • Frog Conservation Exhibit
  • Butterfly Exhibit
  • Roots, Shoots and Fruits Exhibit

 

Lake Superior Zoo used Legacy funds to

  • Develop a new Master Plan
  • Renovate an exhibit for a gray wolves, native species exhibit
  • Develop and implement a Zoo Science program for local and regional students
  • Research and document the history of the zoo

 

Minnesota Zoo used Legacy funds to

  • Develop and design a black bear exhibit
  • Fabricate Moose Art exhibit
  • Develop distance learning initiatives
  • Develop Theater in the Wild

Minnesota Zoo's theater project, Odessa's Magical Menagerie, was presented during the summer of 2011 to school groups and the general public. An initial survey of 100 visitors had the following results:
49% rated the show very interesting, and 42% rated the show interesting
56% rated the show very enjoyable, and 38% rated the show enjoyable
The results of the survey showed that the program was reaching its goal to connect the audience with biodiversity. Survey respondents ranged from 2 to 60+ years old.

 

Pine Grove Zoo used Legacy funds to provide free educational outreach programs to regional schools and senior centers. Programs were designed to be age appropriate, follow current State of Minnesota academic standards in Life Science, be hands-on, incorporate both animals and artifacts, and actively involve participants.

 

To read the Como Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

To read the Lake Superior Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

To read the Minnesota Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f)
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Programs at the zoos will increase students' understanding of Minnesota's wildlife, help visitors understand their role in conservation efforts, and renew community interest and participation with their local zoo.

Como Zoo's proposed outcomes:
1. Update educational and interpretive signage in 2 animal collection areas
2. Present a new animal state show to over 200,000 guests
3. Develop 3 off-peak season art shows celebrating artists that have some connection to Como's mission
4. Present Blooming Butterflied to over 400,000 guests

Measurable Outcome(s) 

Como Zoo used Legacy funds for projects including:

  • Education and interpretive signage
  • Animal Show
  • Temporary Exhibits
  • Frog Conservation Exhibit
  • Butterfly Exhibit
  • Roots, Shoots and Fruits Exhibit

 

Lake Superior Zoo used Legacy funds to

  • Develop a new Master Plan
  • Renovate an exhibit for a gray wolves, native species exhibit
  • Develop and implement a Zoo Science program for local and regional students
  • Research and document the history of the zoo

 

Minnesota Zoo used Legacy funds to

  • Develop and design a black bear exhibit
  • Fabricate Moose Art exhibit
  • Develop distance learning initiatives
  • Develop Theater in the Wild

Minnesota Zoo's theater project, Odessa's Magical Menagerie, was presented during the summer of 2011 to school groups and the general public. An initial survey of 100 visitors had the following results:
49% rated the show very interesting, and 42% rated the show interesting
56% rated the show very enjoyable, and 38% rated the show enjoyable
The results of the survey showed that the program was reaching its goal to connect the audience with biodiversity. Survey respondents ranged from 2 to 60+ years old.

 

Pine Grove Zoo used Legacy funds to provide free educational outreach programs to regional schools and senior centers. Programs were designed to be age appropriate, follow current State of Minnesota academic standards in Life Science, be hands-on, incorporate both animals and artifacts, and actively involve participants.

 

To read the Como Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

To read the Lake Superior Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

To read the Minnesota Zoo 2011 report to the legislature, click here.

Project Overview

This funding is for programmatic development at Minnesota's zoos. Per M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f) the following zoos each received $111,375 in FY2010 and $111,375 in FY2011:

 

In addition, the following zoos received additional funding in FY2010 as outlined below and directed per M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f).

 

The following zoos received additional funding in FY2011 as outlined below and directed per M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f). These funds expire June 30, 2012.

Project Manager

Jane
Xiong
Department of Administration
309 Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Avenue
Saint Paul
MN
55155
651-201-2525

Details/Reports