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Hogle Zoo Offers Class for Special Needs Students

Zoo Just for You - learn to identify many Utah birds like the European Starling.

Register by May 10 for Hogle Zoo’s Next ‘Zoo for You’ Class for Special Needs Students.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is kicking off a new citizen science program in 2017 for people with disabilities, ages 14 and up. “On the Wing and in the Bush” focuses on students who are blind or who have low vision, ages 14-25 and will be taught on Zoo grounds on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:30-6pm. Hogle Zoo developed the class in partnership with the Tracy Aviary. Participants will learn to identify local birds by sight and sound, and how we can be citizen scientists by tracking birds this spring. Students will be given the tools they need to help them in their journey to become citizen scientists.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s “Zoo Just for You” programming has been developed specifically for students with special needs. Live animals, photographs, skull models, pelts, animal figures and more engage students and demonstrate concepts. The program utilizes a sensory motor approach where students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items. The program can be geared towards students of any age and functioning level.

The class fee is $10 and includes an accompanying adult. All students must register online in advance by May 10 to ensure their place in the class. Visit for more information and to register your child. Email Elise at for more information.


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