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We always have fun and exciting things to share with you.  Please check back often for exhibit information and openings, event details, special Air Zoo visitors, educationand  program announcements and soooo much more!

Media contact:
Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing
nstatler@airzoo.org  |  269.350.2811

A Table, a Timeline, and the Visual Representation of Gender at the Air Zoo

Designed to serve as the hub of the Air Zoo’s Women in Air & Space exhibit series, our Women in Air & Space Interactive Timeline not only allowed us to share the stories of more than 50 inspirational women with our guests, but it also called upon commitment to expanding diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, and the visual representation of gender on our exhibit floor. Just as we began to dream our women’s timeline into action, the Air Zoo received a remarkable... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 12, 2021
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Bolles Breaks Barriers

When choosing stories for our new, inhouse exhibit, Women in Air & Space Interactive Timeline, we sought to present a panorama of women of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. Co-funders for the exhibit, the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the IF/THEN Initiative/Lyda Hill Philanthropies, introduced us to an amazing group of diverse women making contributions in their air and space careers today. Among the IF/THEN ambassadors we discovered, NASA’s... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021
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Air Zoo hosts Family Health Center - 2 Dose Pfizer Clinic

Family Health Center (FHC) will be on location at Air Zoo to provide the first dose of FREE Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on Friday, June 25th, 10am-1pm.  Second doses will be available on Friday, July 16th, 10 am-1 pm.  Participants will receive a FREE Air Zoo pass for an upcoming visit of their choice. In an effort to end COVID-19 in the Kalamazoo community, many organizations like FHC and the Air Zoo are partnering and finding innovative ways to incentivize... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jun 11, 2021
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The Air Zoo's Fund Your Favorite restoration campaign soars toward the finish line with announcement of two major gifts

In April, the Air Zoo announced a massive fundraising competition to complete the restoration of the Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless (Bu. No. 2173) and the F-117 Nighthawk Shaba (tail number 817) in 2021. In just two short months, the museum’s donors stepped up to the challenge and raised nearly $10,000 towards the completion of the restoration of these historic aircraft.   Fueled by the energy in the community, the Tyler Little Family Foundation joined in the cause and pledged an... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jun 10, 2021
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Hands-on traveling exhibit at the Air Zoo puts YOU in the astronaut’s seat!

Space exploration just took an exciting turn at the Air Zoo in Portage, MI, with the recent addition of an interactive traveling summer exhibit named “Be the Astronaut.” This hands-on and highly immersive experience is well-suited for space fans of all ages and will be on site for guests through September 12, 2021.  Air Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of space as they are guided through three training stations by virtual spaceflight experts,... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jun 7, 2021
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Astronaut Christina Koch

As we curate and install a beautiful new space-themed wallpaper and welcome a cosmically cool traveling exhibit, Be the Astronaut (May 28 – September 12, 2021), we’ve got space adventure fever! The same could be said for Michigan-born Christina Koch (b. 1979), whose longings for space travel drove her to “be the astronaut.”     As a child, Christina loved things that made her feel small: the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, May 31, 2021
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The Air Zoo partners with STEM Flights to offer free flight experiences for local students.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Air Zoo Media Contact: Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing  Phone: 269.350.2811  Email: nstatler@airzoo.org   STEM Flights Media Contact: Carley Walker  Phone: 703.851.7952  Email: carley@stemflights.org   The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center has partnered with a fellow nonprofit to deliver free educational flight experiences for middle and high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area.  The flights are... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Asian American Aviatrix: Hazel Ying Lee

In the early 1930s, when Oregon-born Hazel Ying Lee (1912-1944) dreamed of becoming a pilot, her mother advised her, “It’s not ladylike to fly.” Hazel disagreed. To save money for flying lessons, she worked as a department store elevator operator—one of few jobs opened to Chinese women in America. The Portland Chinese Benevolent Society sponsored Hazel’s flying program and the young pilot took to the sky by age 19. A proud WASP during... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
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Lots of new items in the Fly Buy Gift Shop!

We’ve been adding to our collection of interactive  toys ,  books , and  clothing  for  babies and toddlers . These popular items encourage hands-on learning, sensory play, and fun! From space and science books to educational toys and an adorable brand-new onesie, we’re sure you’ll find a unique gift item for the little ones in your life.   Check out the Baby University series from author Chris Ferrie, a... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
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The Air Zoo launches competition, nationally, to raise $100,000 for completion of the SBD-2P & F-117 Nighthawk restorations in 2021

April 21, 2021 Portage, MI – Excitement is building at the Air Zoo as they announce a competition of mass proportions to complete the restoration of the Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless (Bu. No. 2173) and the F-117 Nighthawk Shaba (tail number 817) in 2021. Anyone who has visited the Air Zoo, or follows them on social media, knows that one of their most inspiring experiences is housed in the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center. Since 2013, the Air Zoo has proudly boasted one of the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021
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We have partnered with Target Circle

We are honored to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target's donation to us! Now through June 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target's donation will be divvied up. Find out more about target circle here: www.target.com/circle We're asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Apr 1, 2021
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Meet Shaba

In 2019, the Air Zoo was notified that it will be the proud recipient of one of the first F- 117 Nighthawks released for public display at a non- government institution. The highly decorated Shaba (817) is one of 15 Nighthawks with over 5,000 flight hours. This incredible aircraft is one of 10 Nighthawks to fly at least 50 combat sorties; one of 7 that flew in at least three of the four significant campaigns in which Nighthawks were used; and one of only 5 that fit all three categories. ... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
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