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Only 15 days left for kids to pick up free zoo tickets!

August 26th, 2015 by Mike

For the thousands of kids and teens who have participated in The Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning, it’s time to pick up free tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo.

From the library:

Just by filling out a simple survey, children and teens (ages 0-18) who participated in Summer of Learning can receive two free tickets to an end-of-summer party at the zoo on Friday, Sept. 11, Saturday, Sept. 12 or Sunday, Sept. 13.

The surveys, which will help us improve next year’s program, are located in the back of the Summer of Learning activity booklets and on the fliers for early learners and teens (all available at your local Library branch) or online on the Library’s Summer of Learning Web page. Turn surveys in to your local Library branch by Thursday, Sept. 10 for zoo tickets.

Tickets provide free admittance to the zoo for one person 18 or under and one guest. There will be a welcome program at noon every day, followed by free music in the North Meadow.

The 2015 Summer of Learning program is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out. This year’s program features the theme “Wild Science!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, U.S. Bank and Woodland Park Zoo.

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Zoo Doo postcards accepted starting tomorrow

August 31st, 2011 by master

Gardeners have been anxiously awaiting the time when they can send in their postcards for a chance to buy the much coveted “Zoo Doo” or “Bedspread” composts from the Woodland Park Zoo.

A steaming pile of Zoo Doo. Photo courtesy Woodland Park Zoo.

Well, the time is now. Send in a postcard from Sept. 1-23 to request your compost (you can request both Zoo Doo and Bedspread, but separate postcards are required and only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing). Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. “Dr. Doo” will contact the lucky drawn entries only.

Send a standard postcard to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information:

  • Name
  • Day and evening phone numbers
  • Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
  • Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
  • Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin Oct. 1 and end on Oct. 17. Winners load their own compost, but Dr. Doo will provide shovels. Costs: pick-up truck 8×4 bed – $60; 6×4 bed – $45; 6×3 bed – $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStores for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

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Zoo's Nocturnal Exhibit may not be closed forever

April 12th, 2010 by master

This story is part of an innovative partnership announced today between the Common Language Project, University of Washington and Next Door Media. Read about the partnership here.

As zoo officials announced the closure of the popular Nocturnal Exhibit, thousands of people turned to Facebook to organize an effort to save it.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Thanks to Internet activism, the exhibit may not be closed forever, but a critical fundraising deadline looms. Click here to read “Lights out, Computer on.

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Just in time for spring: Zoo Doo

March 2nd, 2010 by master

The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

To enter for a chance to buy some of this steamy Zoo Doo or Bedspread (similar to Zoo Doo, but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust), send in a postcard from March 5 through March 20.

You are only allowed to send in one postcard for each drawing. For Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo.” For Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. [Read more →]

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