Junior Grange Kids make donation to zoo's family farm

Gift will support zoo's educational efforts surrounding Oregon's agricultural heritage

Before visiting the Oregon Zoo's Trillium Creek Family Farm on Thursday, 15 Oregon State Junior Grangers, ages 5 to 14, presented a donation of $1,366 to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to support the zoo's activities and educational efforts.

The kids secured contributions from both inside and outside the Grange community to help the zoo's Family Farm raise awareness about agriculture. Zoo deputy director Chris Pfefferkorn and several ZooTeens were on hand to accept the check, along with other staff and volunteers.

"We're very grateful to the Junior Grange," said Amanda Greenvoss, the zoo's youth volunteer coordinator. "The Family Farm is a great way for visitors to learn about Oregon's agricultural heritage, and this donation will help support that. The timing is pretty neat too. The Junior Grange is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and so is the Oregon Zoo."

State Grange president Susan Noah said the Junior Grangers made the trip to the zoo as their fieldtrip during the 140th Annual Oregon State Grange Convention being held in Canby June 17-21.

"The work of kids like these Juniors makes me proud to be a Grange member and excited about our future," Noah said. "They will be tomorrow's leaders and today they are showing that they understand the value of being part of their community and giving back."

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org