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In this email...

  • Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Member Nights
  • Travel to Kenya
  • Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens
  • Plant.Grow.Fly.
  • Summer Camps
  • ECO-CELL
  • Educator Workshop
  • Barnaby's Story
  • Discover, Connect, & Take Action for Conservation
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Blank Park Zoo’s WILD LIGHTS Vé MIDAMERICAN Presented By NENERGY COMPANY.












Only two weekends remain. Purchase your tickets today.


This year’s festival features animal displays, interactives, Asian mythical creatures, and many, many photo and selfie opportunities.


Wild Lights Festival - now through May 27

Wed-Sun, plus Memorial Day

7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Play the We Love the Lights video
Play the Wild Lights Teaser video for 2024
Purchase tickets to the Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company
group of penguins swimming at Blank Park Zoo

Member Late Nights June 3, July 1, August 5 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join us on the first Monday in June, July and August for our exclusive, member evenings at the Zoo.


The Zoo will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., just for our members to enjoy. Experience all the Zoo has to offer, but in cooler weather and with less crowds. Rides and experiences are weather dependent and all animals will go indoors 30 minutes before sundown.

No registration is required for this event.

Travel to Kenya


Looking for a fun summer vacation? Join Blank Park Zoo on the safari trip of a lifetime to Kenya and experience Safari Mystique Under African Skies, July 17 - 29, 2024.


This 10-day trip will take us to Nairobi, The Ark in the Aberdare Mountains, Sweetwaters, and Maasai Mara - also known as the “Jewel of Africa.” A post extension trip option is available to Tsavo and Amboseli National Park. Experience one of the largest and most magnificent animal migrations, opportunities to search for the “big five”, spend an evening observing wildlife that frequent one of the watering holes, and enjoy safaris that provide not only opportunities to see some of the most popular mammals but over 500 bird species.


Want to learn more, email Chris Eckles, Chief Engagement Officer, at [email protected], for a full itinerary and pricing. Spaces are limited, reserve your spot by May 17.


Please note: this trip is reserved for ages 13 or older.

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Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens


Have you ever wished that you could eat doughnuts and support the Blank Park Zoo at the same time? I'm sure most of us have. Well now is your chance. Now through May 31, we have partnered with Krispy Kreme through Groupraise to participate in the Digital Dozens program.


All you have to do is order your dozen doughnuts through our special site after which you will get a code. Take that code on your phone into any Krispy Kreme location to receive your doughnuts. Half of each dozen purchased is donated back to Blank Park Zoo. It's simple. Not available in stores - you must order in advance through this link. Feel free to forward this link to family and friends and let's raise some money while eating doughnuts.

Purchase Donuts and Support Blank Park Zoo

Celebrate 10 Years of Plant.Grow.Fly.


We have teamed up with Bonfire as a way to show conservation pride.


Show your support and order today.


We invite you to join us this year to make a difference for pollinators. Once you plant your garden, register it with the program and help us meet our goal of 2024 registered gardens in 2024. Information collected provides data about location, size, and types of plants.


Click here for gardening support, information about pollinators and to register your garden. Whether you plant a single pot on your back porch or an entire prairie field, YOU can make a difference!  


Need help getting started with your native garden? 


We are partnering with Allendan Seed Company this year! You can order PGF Pollinator Plug Packs directly from their website. Choose your pack size - 6, 12, 24 consisting of nectar and host plants (milkweed, blazing star, asters, goldenrod). Packs will be mailed directly to you after Mother's Day.

Join Plant.Grow.Fly. Today
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Summer Safari Camps

Registration for Spring & Summer Safari Camps is now open.


Summer Safari Camps are week-long day camps for children ages 3-grade 7. Each week, campers participate in hands-on, minds-on STEM learning and experience all that the Zoo has to offer.


Blank Park Zoo members save 20% on all camps. Hurry camps fill quickly.

Learn more and register

ECO-CELL

Drop off old, broken and outdated cell phones and other hand-held electronics through our partnership with ECO-CELL at the Admissions Desk. Minerals from recycled electronics are reused and any proceeds go to support the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center. Recycling of your old, no longer used electronics can help to decrease habitat destruction. 


Better yet, start your own collection drive at your school, church or community group. Email [email protected] to receive a toolkit with everything you need to launch your own drive.

Chalk board with the words Educator Workshop Educator Worl%shorp

Calling All Educators


Blank Park Zoo would like to invite educators to participate in our next unique, fun-filled, and informative educator workshops. Upcoming workshops will include:


  • June 17 & 18: Patterns in Nature
  • July 22 & 23: Habitats & Adaptations


All workshop activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Iowa Core for science, with connections to literacy, math, social studies, and the arts. Lessons are flexible, allowing teachers to adjust for their student's abilities and grade-level groups.


One hour of license renewal credit is available through Heartland AEA.


Cost: $65 (does not cover license renewal fee)

Register Today

Watch Barnaby's Story, part 1:

Play the video about Barnaby
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Discover, Connect, and Take Action for Conservation 

Blank Park Zoo's conservation priorities are focused around programs and projects that directly support the animals in our care and their wild counterparts.


Animals in the wild face similar threats - habitat destruction and loss, poaching and predation by both humans and other animals. We believe that by identifying those threats, raising awareness, and encouraging behavior change actions we can help animals both locally and globally. Click here to learn more about May's conservation feature - rhinos.


Join us for our DISCOVER the WILD Days:


  • May 19 - rhinos
Want to help the zoo? Purchase a membership!
Do you enjoy Blank Park Zoo? Purchase a membership and enjoy the Zoo every day. A Blank Park Zoo membership pays for itself in just three visits for a family of four. In addition, you will receive discounts on camps, free or discounted event admission and much more. Make it a tri-membership by adding the Science Center of Iowa and Living History Farms to save even more money.
Become A Member Today!
The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.
Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 285-4722
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Upcoming fun at Blank Park Zoo Blank Park Zoo logo BIEANS PIARLS Blank Park Zoo Open Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube   Polar bears on pond at wild lights In this email... * Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company * Member Nights * Travel to Kenya * Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens * Plant.Grow.Fly. * Summer Camps * ECO-CELL * Educator Workshop * Barnaby's Story * Discover, Connect, & Take Action for Conservation Plan your visit Visit our website Blank Park Zoo’s WILD LIGHTS Vé MIDAMERICAN Presented By NENERGY COMPANY. Only two weekends remain. Purchase your tickets today. This year’s festival features animal displays, interactives, Asian mythical creatures, and many, many photo and selfie opportunities. Wild Lights Festival - now through May 27 Wed-Sun, plus Memorial Day 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Play the We Love the Lights video Play the Wild Lights Teaser video for 2024 Purchase tickets to the Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company group of penguins swimming at Blank Park Zoo Member Late Nights June 3, July 1, August 5 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Join us on the first Monday in June, July and August for our exclusive, member evenings at the Zoo. The Zoo will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., just for our members to enjoy. Experience all the Zoo has to offer, but in cooler weather and with less crowds. Rides and experiences are weather dependent and all animals will go indoors 30 minutes before sundown. No registration is required for this event. Travel to Kenya Looking for a fun summer vacation? Join Blank Park Zoo on the safari trip of a lifetime to Kenya and experience Safari Mystique Under African Skies, July 17 - 29, 2024. This 10-day trip will take us to Nairobi, The Ark in the Aberdare Mountains, Sweetwaters, and Maasai Mara - also known as the “Jewel of Africa.” A post extension trip option is available to Tsavo and Amboseli National Park. Experience one of the largest and most magnificent animal migrations, opportunities to search for the “big five”, spend an evening observing wildlife that frequent one of the watering holes, and enjoy safaris that provide not only opportunities to see some of the most popular mammals but over 500 bird species. Want to learn more, email Chris Eckles, Chief Engagement Officer, at [email protected], for a full itinerary and pricing. Spaces are limited, reserve your spot by May 17. Please note: this trip is reserved for ages 13 or older. iz KRISPY KREME DOZENS TO SUPPORT x \ Q $15 PER DOZEN Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens Have you ever wished that you could eat doughnuts and support the Blank Park Zoo at the same time? I'm sure most of us have. Well now is your chance. Now through May 31, we have partnered with Krispy Kreme through Groupraise to participate in the Digital Dozens program. All you have to do is order your dozen doughnuts through our special site after which you will get a code. Take that code on your phone into any Krispy Kreme location to receive your doughnuts. Half of each dozen purchased is donated back to Blank Park Zoo. It's simple. Not available in stores - you must order in advance through this link. Feel free to forward this link to family and friends and let's raise some money while eating doughnuts. Purchase Donuts and Support Blank Park Zoo Celebrate 10 Years of Plant.Grow.Fly. We have teamed up with Bonfire as a way to show conservation pride. Show your support and order today. We invite you to join us this year to make a difference for pollinators. Once you plant your garden, register it with the program and help us meet our goal of 2024 registered gardens in 2024. Information collected provides data about location, size, and types of plants. Click here for gardening support, information about pollinators and to register your garden. Whether you plant a single pot on your back porch or an entire prairie field, YOU can make a difference!   Need help getting started with your native garden?  We are partnering with Allendan Seed Company this year! You can order PGF Pollinator Plug Packs directly from their website. Choose your pack size - 6, 12, 24 consisting of nectar and host plants (milkweed, blazing star, asters, goldenrod). Packs will be mailed directly to you after Mother's Day. Join Plant.Grow.Fly. Today 3 IVIE sy FVA\ ; ( BLANK PARK ZOO ) Summer Safari Camps Registration for Spring & Summer Safari Camps is now open. Summer Safari Camps are week-long day camps for children ages 3-grade 7. Each week, campers participate in hands-on, minds-on STEM learning and experience all that the Zoo has to offer. Blank Park Zoo members save 20% on all camps. Hurry camps fill quickly. Learn more and register ECO-CELL Drop off old, broken and outdated cell phones and other hand-held electronics through our partnership with ECO-CELL at the Admissions Desk. Minerals from recycled electronics are reused and any proceeds go to support the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center. Recycling of your old, no longer used electronics can help to decrease habitat destruction.  Better yet, start your own collection drive at your school, church or community group. Email [email protected] to receive a toolkit with everything you need to launch your own drive. Chalk board with the words Educator Workshop Educator Worl%shorp Calling All Educators Blank Park Zoo would like to invite educators to participate in our next unique, fun-filled, and informative educator workshops. Upcoming workshops will include: * June 17 & 18: Patterns in Nature * July 22 & 23: Habitats & Adaptations All workshop activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Iowa Core for science, with connections to literacy, math, social studies, and the arts. Lessons are flexible, allowing teachers to adjust for their student's abilities and grade-level groups. One hour of license renewal credit is available through Heartland AEA. Cost: $65 (does not cover license renewal fee) Register Today Watch Barnaby's Story, part 1: Play the video about Barnaby m;‘w Pt 3 ,.»-P m( 2 BLANK PARKZOO CONSERVATION DISCOVER, CONNECT, AND TAKE ACTION FOR CONSERVATION  Blank Park Zoo's conservation priorities are focused around programs and projects that directly support the animals in our care and their wild counterparts. Animals in the wild face similar threats - habitat destruction and loss, poaching and predation by both humans and other animals. We believe that by identifying those threats, raising awareness, and encouraging behavior change actions we can help animals both locally and globally. Click here to learn more about May's conservation feature - rhinos. Join us for our DISCOVER the WILD Days: * May 19 - rhinos Want to help the zoo? Purchase a membership! Do you enjoy Blank Park Zoo? Purchase a membership and enjoy the Zoo every day. A Blank Park Zoo membership pays for itself in just three visits for a family of four. In addition, you will receive discounts on camps, free or discounted event admission and much more. Make it a tri-membership by adding the Science Center of Iowa and Living History Farms to save even more money. Become A Member Today! The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation. Blank Park Zoo 7401 SW 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50315 (515) 285-4722 Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube   Make a Donation Contact Us Education Conservation Support The Zoo Blank Park Zoo | 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 | Constant Contact Data Notice Sent by [email protected] powered by Trusted Email from Constant Contact - Try it FREE today. Try email marketing for free today!
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