Zoo News is Good News: Zoo Field Trips Get Boost from Oregon College Savings Plan

By Oregon Zoo Staff

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With spring in full swing, the rows of bright yellow school buses at the Oregon Zoo can seem as ubiquitous as May flowers. Around 75,000 local students visit the zoo from April through June, making field trips to support school lessons on wildlife and ecosystems.

The Oregon College Savings Plan has renewed its year-round commitment to the zoo as a signature partner and is once again presenting sponsor for the zoo’s spring field trips, helping to provide exciting and inspiring educational opportunities for students and their families.

In partnership with the zoo, the Oregon College Savings Plan is giving away one household membership to the zoo each month. At the end of the year, a grand-prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account. Last year’s grand-prize winner was James Hitchcock of Grants Pass. To enter and review the official rules, visit OregonCollegeSavings.com/zoo by Dec. 31, or enter in person at the zoo gift shop. (No purchase required; void where prohibited.)

In addition, any teacher who signs up for a field trip before June 1, will automatically be entered to win a fall ZooSchool experience at his or her school. To register, visit oregonzoo.org/field-trips.

Field trips are a tradition for many schools, and the zoo sees these visits as a key opportunity to empower students to be active and engaged stewards of the earth’s wildlife and ecosystems. Each year, the zoo partners with schools to provide educational experiences for children on site, and partners with teachers to help build environmental literacy into classroom curriculums.

“Oregon College Savings Plan’s partnership with the zoo is helping us bring important environmental education programs to more children in the area,” said Grant Spickelmier, zoo education curator. “Together, we are committed to developing the next generation of conservation leaders.”

To register, visit oregonzoo.org/field-trips.