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(besides aircraft and space artifacts)

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 Christmas Hero Premieres!

Hot off the presses! December 8th marks a very exciting day for us at the Air Zoo - A Christmas Hero, filmed mostly at the Air Zoo in 2019, will hit the US on DVD and many Video on Demand (VOD) platforms. This movie, which debuted in the U.K. on November 23rd, depicts a young disillusioned war vet named Nick (Michael Welch), recently home from Afghanistan. As Nick finds himself struggling with depression and despair, a visit from his guardian angel (Lauren Rys... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
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Building a Model

As many prepare for the winter weather and the holidays, your Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections departments are also busy working on exhibits for 2021. One of those new exhibits will explore the history of and give guests a look into a model aircraft and spacecraft building. America’s fascination with aviation rose right along with Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first aircraft. When Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, businesses including the Cleveland Model & Supply... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
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Air Zoo and Christy Kincaid named in 2020 MMA Member Awards

Every year, the Michigan Museums Association (MMA) presents awards to members for exceptional programs, exhibits, and individuals that made an impact during the year. 2020 has been challenging on many fronts, so they're putting their typical awards program on hold in favor of celebrating MMA members, individuals and institutions, that supported, adapted, and innovated this year. We are extremely proud to have been awarded the 2020 Pivot! Award , as an organization... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
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Exciting volunteer opportunities for people of all ages at the Air Zoo

As a non-profit, the Air Zoo is supported annually by hundreds of amazing volunteers. Recently, our team has been supported by Zach Zlomek - an aspiring Eagle Scout - who has been working on his Eagle Project. As part of his project, Zach has coordinated over a month of volunteer hours (on 40 hour weeks) to repair, sand, paint and set up 14 new (to us) display cases.  Over the weekend, Zach and his crew of volunteers helped set up 4 of these display cases to include new stories about:... Read More
at Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
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Air Zoo takes 2020 Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards to Streaming Event

Staff at the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan are busily preparing for the 7 th annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awards (SIHOF), which honors the heroes of our past through the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, celebrates today’s inspirational and dedicated teachers, and highlights the exceptional accomplishments of some of our region’s best and brightest students. What has typically been an evening of fundraising, dinner, music, awards and celebration at the Air Zoo’s annual... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Oct 12, 2020
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The Air Zoo: A Storied Past (and Present!)

November 2020 marks the Air Zoo’s 41st birthday. We’re proud of our four decades (plus one year!) of engaging, educating, and entertaining our West Michigan community and beyond. As our Collections and Exhibits teams look back over 41 years, we recognize that the Air Zoo’s story has always been about people: People and their unique stories. Each airplane and spacecraft displayed on our exhibit floor required a dreamer and a designer; engineers and test pilots; mechanics... Read More
at Friday, Oct 9, 2020
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The Air Zoo Launches Live, Virtual Learning Labs to Support Science Education – Across the Country

As the country enters its seventh month of altered operations, and schools and educators alike, across the country, struggle to support student learning and engagement in this new environment of onsite, online and hybrid learning, the Air Zoo innovates its science offerings  to help fill the gap.  “As we build on the outstanding success of our new, immersive and engaging virtual summer camp programs, that reached children and families across the country, and even in to... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Oct 2, 2020
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B-17 Flying Fortress to Visit Air Zoo Last Michigan Stop in the 2020 Salute to Victory Tour 

The Yankee Air Museum announced it is dispatching its flagship, the Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady,” to the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport on Saturday, October 3, 2020.  The Museum’s award winning World War II heavy bomber is visiting the area, offering self-guided tours and Air Adventure rides.  The plane will arrive at approximately 10:00AM.  Flight operations are scheduled to begin at 11:00AM at the Air Zoo,... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
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 WWII Transport Airplane to Visit Air Zoo

August 11, 2020,  Portage MI —The Douglas C-47 “Hairless Joe,” cargo plane will visit the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  The plane and crew will be arriving around 9am and plan to offer Air Adventure rides to those interested in booking a seat for flights scheduled that morning. “We are elated to have an opportunity to offer the community an exciting distraction. Whether folks want to book a ride or just enjoy the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 10, 2020
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Preston Seiter "Pete" Parish - November 10, 1919 - July 1, 2020

It is with deepest sadness that we share that our co-founder Pete Parish passed away last week.  From his service as a Marine in WWII to his philanthropic works across our region, Pete was truly a hero in every sense of the word.  His remarkable legacy will live on throughout this community and through all who experience the Air Zoo for decades to come.  Pete will be forever honored through our work at the Air Zoo. As we celebrate his life and legacy, we look forward to hearing... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020
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The Air Zoo – Phased Re-Entry Welcoming Guests, Both In-Person and Virtually

Portage, MI, July 6, 2020 – Following an announcement made mid-June, the Air Zoo reopened its doors to its Members on Monday, June 29 th , kicking off a two-week members-only appreciation period. General admission to the public will resume on Monday, July 13 th at 9am. The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center staff and volunteers are excited to be putting months of preparation and planning, outlined in a 32-page document, referred to as the “Air Zoo Re-Entry Plan,” into... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020
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A message of support

This has been a very difficult statement to write as we struggle to find words that feel supportive enough, that communicate the essential need for change and that convey our intent to be part of that change. As places of learning and growth, we know that museums must not stand separate from the inequities that plague our nation. At the Air Zoo, we stand with our Black colleagues, community and partners who are demanding racial equality. As an institution, we stand ready to listen and to learn... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jun 5, 2020
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