June

Saturday, June 2

Family In The Park Day
11 AM - 4 PM

Come to Lords Park for a full day of fun in the sun with the whole family. The Park, Museum and Zoo will be open. At 11am, join educator Marge Fox at the Museum for a story about bison. From 12pm-2pm, enjoy BubbleFest: Make a bubble blower, shake hands in a bubble, stand in a bubble, and make your own bubble art. Museum staff will guide you in fun bubble activities ($2 for members, $3 for non-members). After that, be sure to visit the food truck for a snack as well as the multitude of fun vendors in attendance. This event will take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. No registration required.

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Wednesday, June 6

Adventures in the Zoo: Botany
11am-1pm; Free!

What is a plant? How do they grow? Explore the wonderful world of plants as kids take a close-up look to discover how seeds develop into plants, what they need to survive, and how they become so widely dispersed. Take a look (and a sniff) at the beautiful wild flowers and trees in Lords Park’s natural savannah. Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo. No registration required.

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Friday, June 8

PAWS on the Porch Programs: Flowers
11am-12:30pm. No registration required.

Youngsters are invited to come to the zoo and expand their imaginations with activities, games and songs about natural topics!

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Wednesday, June 13

Adventures in the Zoo: Insects
11am-1pm; Free!

Insects are everywhere! There are more insects on Earth than all other animals combined. Are all bugs considered insects? What body parts are the same for all insects? See the world through an insect’s eyes and watch simulated mouth parts in action. Use a special, magnifying bug-box to carefully catch a bug in Lords Park and inspect it closely before releasing it back to its home. Join the staff of Elgin Public Museum for some bug-themed crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo. No registration required.

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Saturday, June 16

Uncaged in the Zoo: Incredible Bats!
1pm-2pm; Free!

Come to the Lord's Park Zoo to meet some Incredible Bats! Bat Conservationists, Dan and Sharon Peterson, will have their African straw-colored and Egyptian fruit bats on display to the public. You'll be able to get an up-close look at these beautiful animals, and ask the experts everything you've ever wanted to know about them. This is a free program presented by the Elgin Public Museum. No registration or ticket required. Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo. Check out more about Incredible Bats at www.incrediblebats.com

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Friday, June 22

PAWS on the Porch Programs: Night
11am-12:30pm. No registration required.

Youngsters are invited to come to the zoo and expand their imaginations with activities, games and songs about natural topics!

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Sunday, June 24

JG’s Reptile Road Show
12:30pm-1:30pm; Free!!

Join us at Lords Park Zoo for an exciting, educational and hands-on experience with reptiles found all over the world. You will get to learn about, see and handle all sorts of scaly creatures! Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with these incredible animals that most people fear and misunderstand.
For more information, visit www.jgsreptileroadshow.com

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Wednesday, June 27

Adventures in the Zoo: Owls
11am-1pm; Free!

Learn about the natural history and unique adaptations of these birds of prey. Discover the specialized eyes, ears, talons and feathers which make them the perfect predators. See owl specimens up close, sift through the skeletal remains of an owl pellet, and watch demonstrations. Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo. No registration required.

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Saturday, June 30

Bison Feeding in Lords Park
7-8:30 AM; Fee: $2/Adult, $1/Child, Members Free
Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Sponsored by Friends of the Lords Park Zoo.

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