Pocatello Zoo switches to school year hours

City of Pocatello news release:

As fall approaches the Pocatello Zoo is transitioning to its school year schedule.

Starting today, September 8, 2015, the zoo will only be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new hours will be in place until the last weekend in October when the zoo closes for the winter. But as Cory Coffman, Curator of Education for the Pocatello Zoo, explains, the change in hours doesn’t mean the zoo is going into hibernation.

“We invite our local schools to schedule a field trip during the week here at the Pocatello Zoo,” Coffman said. “Elementary school students can visit for $1.50 per student while the charge for Junior and Senior High School, and college groups is $4.00 per student. We do ask educators to contact the zoo in advance to schedule their field trip.”

Coffman also says if students can’t make it to the zoo, the zoo can be brought to them.

“We also offer a number of interactive outreach programs that meet Idaho Science Content Standards,” Coffman said. “These programs include a visit from a live animal ambassador and hands-on activities. It is really a unique way of presenting wildlife and science to students of all ages.”

For more information on field trips or the zoo’s outreach programs visit zoo.pocatello.us or call Cory Coffman at 234-6264.

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