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Family campfire at Blandford Nature Center

Family campfire at Blandford Nature Center

Families are invited to enjoy a summer evening with a campfire at Blandford Nature Center school yard Thursday, August 1.

Participants can roast marshmallows over the fire and make S'mores while getting their questions answered by a Blandford Naturalist.

The campfire event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.  Tickets are $5 for nature center members and $6 for non-members. Visitors must RSVP by calling  (616)735-6240. For more information, visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.

John Ball Traveling Zoo visits two area libraries

John Ball Traveling Zoo visits two area libraries

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Children are invited to Spring Lake District Library and Loutit District Library on Thursday, July 25 for a visit from John Ball Zoo.

This event is part of the "Dig into Reading" summer reading program. John Ball Zoo will bring their Traveling Zoo program to both libraries, giving children the opportunity to get an up-close look at live animals, as well as examine skulls, furs, shells, and other specimens. The program will last approximately 40 minutes and is best suited for children ages 5 and up.

The John Ball Zoo’s Library Traveling Zoo program will take place at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, at 10:00 am. The Spring Lake District Library program begins at 1:00 pm at 123 East Exchange St., Spring Lake.  For more information call Loutit District Library at (616) 842-5560 ext. 216 or Spring Lake District Library at (616) 846-5770, ext.

John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The John Ball traveling zoo will make a stop at the Alpine Township Library Wednesday, July 24.

The traveling zoo usually consists of three animals.  Zookeeper Education Specialist Melinda Robinett says a ferret, owl and snake are expected to make the trip to the library as part of its “Dig Into Reading” summer program, but that could change depending on the animals’ temperament and availability the day of the trip.

The John Ball travelling zoo began about 12 years ago. Each year, the John Ball traveling zoo makes about 200 trips to libraries, schools and organizations as far away as White Cloud, to educate children about wildlife. The traveling zoo will arrive at the Alpine Township Library at 6:30 p.m.

 

John Ball Zoo celebrates Bear Day July 16

John Ball Zoo celebrates Bear Day July 16

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Bear Day arrives at the John Ball Zoo Tuesday, July 16.

Bear lovers can watch bear demonstrations at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Children who bring in their teddy bear can have it examined by the veterinary staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Bear Day will also include a bear scavenger hunt and sing-along music with Martin Zyla.

John Ball Zoo will have special extended hours for Bear Day; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.   Tickets for adults are $8.50, seniors are $7.50, children ages 3-13 are $6.50 and two and younger are free.  For more information, visit the John Ball Zoo Society’s homepage.

Rock & Roar Zoo Party Fundraiser June 14

Rock & Roar Zoo Party Fundraiser June 14

Celebrate the beginning of summer with the best party in town at the John Ball Zoo on June 14.

The event starts at 7 p.m. with a pre-party inside the Bissell Tree House.  Visitors can then mingle throughout the zoo, enjoying food stations, demonstrations, activities, a silent auction, musical entertainment and much more.  The event wraps up at 11 p.m.

Proceeds from the zoo party will benefit the new tiger exhibit. For ticket information, visit the John Ball Zoo Society's website or call (616) 336-3063.

Sibley Elementary students fight invasive plant

Sibley Elementary students fight invasive plant

Students at Sibley Elementary are doing their part to help stop invasive plants from taking over Millennium Park.

On May 14,  students removed Garlic Mustard from the park, replacing the invasive plant with native plant seed balls they formed themselves.  Preventing the spread of Garlic Mustard helps keep the food supply intact for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Last year, Sibley students built nesting boxes to support the wood duck population.   A spokesman for the Grand Rapids Public Schools says activities like this teach students the importance of preservation and show them how they can make a difference.

Arthritis Walk honors Grand Haven child

Arthritis Walk honors Grand Haven child

 

Grand Rapids, Mich. (Arthritis Foundation) – Honoring 14-year-old Riley Innes of Grand Haven, the Arthritis Foundation will host Arthritis Walk on May 4, 2013, at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids.

This annual event promotes the health benefits of physical activity while raising awareness and support for programs, services, and research that help people with arthritis.

Arthritis Walk is a fun and non-competitive three-mile walking event. Walkers will enjoy refreshments, music, messages, and other family-friendly activities all on the beautiful grounds of the John Ball Park Zoo. Proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s work to prevent, control, and find a cure for arthritis.