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The Journal Gazette

Friday, December 04, 2015 8:50 am

Families urged to explore outdoors

The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center, and the Little River Wetlands Project are partnering to launch an initiative called Families4Nature.

It is intended to encourage parents and kids to explore the outdoors and includes a yearlong calendar of programs and events.

As part of Families4Nature, in 2016 the zoo will construct a Nature Discovery Zone near the site of the former Diehm Museum across the street from the zoo. The Nature Discovery Zone will feature logs, rocks and sticks for old-fashioned fort building plus a small marsh for exploration.

Families4Nature also includes a Nature Passport that can be turned in for free zoo tickets and other incentives.

Families can fill out the Nature Passport by completing simple outdoor activities such as taking walks or collecting leaves or by attending events at the three partner locations.

Families can download and print the Nature Passport and see upcoming Families4Nature events at kidszoo.org/conservation/.