News Release                                             Contact : Sondra Katzen
September 6, 2013                                                                                 Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

Chicago Zoological Society Launches Two Educational Programs at Three Local Libraries

Brookfield, Ill.—The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, invites Chicagoland families with children to participate in its ZAP! (Zoo Adventure Passport) and K.I.D.S. (Kids Investigating Diverse Sciences) programs. The FREE programs inspire families to become excited to learn about and explore the natural world.

ZAP!, which is geared for families with children ages 3 to 12, is offered from September 2013 through May 2014 at the West Belmont and Rudy Lozano libraries. During sessions at the libraries and on field trips, Brookfield Zoo educators teach participants about the world’s diverse plants, animals, and cultures through games, crafts, and other activities. This year, families will explore the waterways of Europe and the migratory animals within them. The program is offered in English and Spanish.

Participants who attend three or more ZAP! programs will be invited to ZAP! Family Day at Brookfield Zoo, during which they and their families can apply what they have learned by observing the zoo’s animals. Other excursions are part of the program, and transportation is provided to and from the libraries at no cost to families.

K.I.D.S. is offered to youths in grades 6 to 8 from October 2013 through April 2014 at the West Belmont and Rudy Lozano libraries, at Maywood Public Library, and on field trips. Instructors use science, technology, engineering, and math to explore topics through hands-on projects and laboratory experiments. This year’s program will focus on the science behind bats and urban woodlands.
ZAP! and K.I.D.S. are offered after-school and on weekends. The libraries are located at:
  • Rudy Lozano Library, 1805 S. Loomis, Chicago
  • West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narrangansett Ave., Chicago
  • Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., Maywood (K.I.D.S. only)
For further information about the programs, including dates and times they are offered at each of the libraries, visit and, call (708) 688-8362, or email or

The Chicago Zoological Society inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Open 365 days a year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

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