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Posted by Diana Jones on 04/18/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        April 18, 2012


CONTACTS:  Candice Rennels, OKC Zoo (405) 425-0298 or (405) 412-6172, cell

                          Tara Henson, OKC Zoo (405) 425-0219 or (405) 919-9038, cell




A day of discovery and wonder await thousands of fourth and fifth grade students who will be attending ScienceFest, Oklahoma’s largest Earth Day event, at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, April 19.

ScienceFest is not your typical field trip. This annual event allows students to spend the day learning about environmental science in a unique and fun way. Students are encouraged to “think outside of the box” as they participate in hands-on learning activities that focus on the importance of environmental education and the conservation of natural resources. ScienceFest goers will also enjoy special Earth Day sea lion shows at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

“It makes me extremely proud to be a part of ScienceFest. The purpose of this one-of-a-kind event is to inspire and demonstrate to these students the importance of being good stewards of the environment, and thanks to the continuous support of our sponsors and volunteers we are able to achieve our goal,” stated Jan Kunze, ScienceFest Steering Committee Chair.

Event sponsors include the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, OGE Energy Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Office of the Secretary of the Environment. Event Partners are the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Tinker Air Force Base.

For additional information about ScienceFest or a list of schools that are attending, visit While admission for ScienceFest participants is free on April 19, regular Zoo admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages three-11 and seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under are free. The Zoo is located at 2000 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Editor’s note: For previous event photos, day at a glance schedule and public interest stories, please contact Candice Rennels.

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