The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recently confirmed what hundreds of thousands of children already knew – Nature's Neighborhood is a winning place to learn and play!
At the AZA's national conference Nature's Neighborhood earned 2011 Top Honors in exhibit design. The AZA Exhibit Award recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA-accredited Institution (U.S. or International) or Related Facility member.
Nature's Neighborhood opened in 2009 as an explore-able, engaging and educational area for children to learn through play. The $7.7 million children's zoo, made possible by a 2006 Lucas County capital levy and through private contributions, is truly state-of-the-art, from its use of the latest inquiry-based educational programming to the innovative green technologies employed throughout the exhibit. Its amazing array of animals, from familiar goats and guinea pigs to exotic birds and leaf-cutter ants, gets kids in touch with the natural world.
"The Toledo Zoo is proud to accept the 2011 Exhibit Award for Nature's Neighborhood and looks forward to inspiring young minds for generations to come," said Toledo Zoo CEO and Executive Director Dr. Anne Baker.