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Posted on: May 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] STEM Day at the Idaho Falls Zoo – Fluor Idaho Partners with Zoo

AltTextFluor Idaho is partnering with the Idaho Falls Zoo for the 2017 season to introduce the first annual “STEM Day at the Zoo” and “Exploration Stations.”

STEM Day at the Zoo will provide area students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of zoo activities.  School Districts 91 and 93 are both participating in the event on May 19.

In addition to STEM Day, Fluor Idaho and the Idaho Falls Zoo have developed “Exploration Stations.”  These new educational, interactive stations will be positioned throughout the zoo all season and offer a whole new way to experience the zoo.  The stations feature a variety of science-themed activities and displays.

The new programs were made possible through a $20,000 donation from Fluor Idaho.  Fluor Idaho’s Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Director Alice Doswell commented that, “Fluor Idaho is pleased to be able to support these new programs.  The Idaho Falls Zoo is an incredible community gem.  Through STEM Day at the Zoo and the Exploration Stations, the zoo is providing a unique learning environment for kids in a fun setting.”  Doswell also serves on the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society Board of Directors. 

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The Cross Charitable Foundation also supported development of these programs with a $9000 grant.  The Cross Foundation assists organizations in promoting youth education, conserving and preserving wildlife, and improving the quality of life for humans and animals.

The Idaho Falls Zoo is home to more than 300 animals consisting of approximately 130 species.  It is the highest-visited attraction in Idaho Falls next to the River Walk and one of the highest visited and most popular attractions in southeast Idaho.  Truly a gem in the high desert of eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls Zoo is known as the “best little zoo in the west.”

Fluor Idaho is AltTexta wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor.  Fluor Idaho is responsible for safely integrating, accelerating, and delivering the Idaho Cleanup Project for the U.S. Department of Energy.  The company started in 2016 and employs almost 2000 people in eastern Idaho.  Fluor Idaho is committed to being a valued community member and partnered with the zoo starting in 2016.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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