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Category: education programs

Air Zoo education team participates in Grand Rapids Griffins annual School Day Game

A UNIQUE, EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE The Air Zoo is excited to be joining the Grand Rapids Griffins annual School Day Game on  Wednesday, November 17, 2021 , presented by the Army National Guard. Every year, thousands of West Michigan students and educators head to Van Andel Arena for this unique and fun learning experience that features interactive exhibits and educational displays throughout the concourse and during the game. The educational exhibits, with a STEM focus for... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
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Open Cockpits in September this year!

Open Cockpits at the Air Zoo Typically, February marks and exciting month for the Air Zoo and its community with the annual Open Cockpits event, which allows guests to get up close and personal with some of their most beloved aircraft. Due to the necessary safety precautions that were in place as a result of COVID-19, 2021's Open Cockpit Month was postponed to September!  Visit the Air Zoo each weekend in September (2021)  for your chance to get up close and personal... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 16, 2021
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Creating Community in 2021

A letter from Troy - Eight years ago, as I embarked on a new career at an aviation museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the first people I had the chance to get to know was Pete Parish. It was from Pete that I learned about the dream that inspired the Air Zoo and the vision our founders had for using the Air Zoo to strengthen our community for future generations. Nearly a year after Pete’s death, it is still hard to think about the Air Zoo without him. Pete was one of the most... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 9, 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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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 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 into Mexico, the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Oct 2, 2020
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Current and Former Air Zoo EFE Students Bound for the Air Force

Submitted by Maria Newhouse   At 18, Sheldon Shen (Portage Central High School) spent two hours of each school day at the Air Zoo this year, taking part in the organization’s KRESA Education for Employment: Introduction to Aviation course taught by Alan Hollaway, who also serves as the Air Zoo’s technical services manager. About Sheldon, Mr. Hollaway shares that, “Sheldon is an outstanding example of the best of our young people, and I have no doubt he will... Read More
at Thursday, Jun 6, 2019
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Air Zoo Hosts Free Event Wednesday (4/17) Evening & 50% Discount for Military Families Saturday & Sunday (4/20-4/21)!

Portage, MI , April 15, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to be partnering with two amazing organizations, offering free and/or reduced admission to visitors.  The festivities begin Wednesday, April 17 th , with a free after-hours event called, An Evening at the Air Zoo . On Saturday and Sunday, April 20 th & 21st, the Air Zoo will be offering all military personnel and their immediate families 50% off general admission in recognition of April being designated as Month of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Apr 15, 2019
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