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					                                  MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT:
November 11, 2011                                                          Payal Ravani
                                                                           Marketing Coordinator
                                                                           517-342-2772
                                                                           pravani@ingham.org

BIG Zoo Lesson Celebrates 10 Years at Potter Park Zoo
WHAT: Potter Park Zoo is delighted to announce the 10th anniversary celebration of the BIG Zoo
Lesson education program. On Wednesday, November 16, the zoo will celebrate the teachers,
students, and parents involved with the BIG Zoo Lesson with the unveiling of a new wall honoring all
those who have participated in the program. The 10th anniversary BIG Zoo Lesson wall is proudly
sponsored by DFCU Financial. Refreshments will be provided.

WHO: The event is free and open to the public. Teachers, students, and families who have been part of
the BIG Zoo Lesson are especially encouraged to attend.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 at 4:30pm

WHERE: Potter Park Zoo Discovery Center, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing MI 48912

The BIG Zoo Lesson was created by Margaret Holtschlag, Michigan’s Teacher of the Year in 1999-
2000. The program was piloted in 2000 with the help of Dennis Laidler, Education Curator at Potter
Park Zoo. Since then, over 10,000 students in the Greater Lansing area have experienced a week of
interactive learning at the zoo. Many academic subjects such as geography, science, language arts,
writing, math, music, and the arts have been taught through the BIG Zoo Lesson. For more on this, visit
www.potterparkzoo.org.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River
in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more
information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.

DFCU Financial is Michigan’s largest credit union with $3 billion in assets. For five consecutive years,
DFCU Financial has issued the largest dividend in the history of credit unions of more than $90 million.
The credit union continually reinvests in its membership with new branches, a no-interest, no-payment
Career Transition Program and financial literacy education for all ages. DFCU Financial currently
operates 24 full-service branches in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing. For more
information and to find out how you can join, call 888.336.2700 or visit www.dfcufinancial.com
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                          “Potter Park Zoo the Nature of Life!”
                                                   Exceptional in Nature
                                                   INGHAM COUNTY PARKS

                                                   P. O. BOX 178 ~ Mason, MI 48854
                                                   Call us at (517) 676-2233
                                                   e-mail us at parks@ingham.org
                                                   Web Site: www.ingham.org/parks

				
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