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Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/18/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           April 16, 2013


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       Thousands of fourth and fifth grade students from across the state will be attending ScienceFest, Oklahoma’s largest Earth Day event, at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

       For students, ScienceFest is a much-anticipated day of discovery and wonder outside the classroom. For educators across Oklahoma, ScienceFest fosters essential scientific literacy. Educators have planned a day packed with 26 exciting exhibits, presentations and hands-on demonstrations all developed to educate students about protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and using alternative fuels and technologies. The interactive activity stations use age-appropriate geology, biology, physical science, health and environmental concepts to teach students how science impacts their everyday lives. ScienceFest goers will also enjoy lunch and special Earth Day sea lion shows at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

       “It’s always a highlight of the year to participate in ScienceFest,” said Jan Kunze, ScienceFest steering committee chair. “The purpose of this unique event is to expose students to the arena of science, inspire them and possibly stimulate some to pursue careers in science. We want to help them be better citizens and stewards of the environment.”

       This year’s 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, visit While admission for ScienceFest participants is free on April 19, regular guest Zoo admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 11, and $5 for seniors 65 and older. Children two and under are free. The Zoo, located at 2000 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73111, 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 at the OKC Zoo.

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