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Brookfield Zoo
Fiscal Year: 
2016
Award: 
$149,984.00
City: 
Brookfield
State: 
IL
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
Museums for America
Program Categories: 
MFA-Learning Experiences

The Brookfield Zoo will expand its "A Zoo for All" initiative which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through programs and resources hosted at their Play Zoo, a hands-on exhibit surrounded by outdoor discovery gardens featuring more than 300 animals. The primary purpose of the project is to ensure the inclusion of children, adult caregivers, and families of all abilities in early learning, family programs, and nature play experiences. The project will develop access and inclusion advisory councils; add an inclusion specialist to zoo staff; add a resource center and quiet spaces to the site; assess and revise existing programs; host public open houses; engage in ongoing evaluation to gauge the effectiveness of programs and activities; and communicate and disseminate results.