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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!

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

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May Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Garrett Havenaar

Garrett has been with the Air Zoo since February of 2017 and currently serves as Front Desk Ticket Lead. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Garrett for being consistently reliable, motivated to provide excellent guest service, and always pushing himself to do the best job he can. Garrett is a great help to his co-workers. Great job, Garrett! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, May 3, 2019
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Air Zoo to Share Innovative Programs at 2019 Joint Conference

Submitted by Maria Newhouse In October 2019 Air Zoo staff members Christy Kincaid, collections and exhibits coordinator, Mary Lawrence, director of talent management and finance, and Maria Newhouse, development associate, will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to give two presentations at the 2019 Association of Midwest Museums and Michigan Museums Association Joint Conference. Ms. Kincaid and Ms. Newhouse will be presenting on the Air Zoo’s innovative Infant-At-Work program, while... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, May 2, 2019
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April Guest Experience Ambassador Employee of the Month - Natalie Neckermann

Natalie (aka Mrs. Claus!) has been with the Air Zoo since June of 2015. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Natalie for being a helpful and effective co-worker who goes above and beyond to help others. Great job, Natalie! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Apr 16, 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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Air Zoo Receives $129,000 in Support of New Education Classrooms!

Portage, MI, April 9, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to announce that it has received a $57,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support the renovation of its existing classroom spaces. This important grant will match the investment already committed by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in September 2018, in addition to a $15,000 grant from the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation. This funding supports a complete renovation of the Air Zoo’s existing... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
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Air Zoo to Debut Special Anniversary Exhibit, Memories & Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo April 12

Portage, MI , April 9, 2019 – The Air Zoo proudly announces the grand opening of its next featured exhibit, Memories and Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo, on Friday, April 12 th at 9am . This exhibit is a celebration of the past 40 years of the Air Zoo’s commitment to sharing the wonders of aerospace and science with our community.   Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections Manager, April Bryan states “This is our first big in-house exhibit since I came on... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
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Air Zoo’s Science Innovation Hall of Fame (SIHOF) Awards Honors Students, Educators, Lifetime Achievements - Saturday, April 13

Portage, MI , April 3, 2019 – The Air Zoo is proudly planning their sixth annual Science Innovation Hall of Fame (SIHOF) Awards event, which will take place at the Air Zoo on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Presented by Western Michigan University, this festive and interactive event recognizes and encourages West Michigan high school students, K-12 level educators, and local organizations and individuals who have innovated and excelled within, or shown exceptional support of,... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Apr 5, 2019
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March 2019 Guest Experience Ambassador Employee of the Month

Congratulations - Nik Zumburs! Nik has been with the Air Zoo since May of 2016. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors appreciate Nik for always being punctual, dedicated, reliable, and friendly. Great job, Nik! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo!   Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Mar 1, 2019
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Game Changers Makes US debut as Air Zoo’s 2019 Traveling Exhibit!

Portage, MI , February 5, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to announce their visiting exhibition of 2019, Game Changers , is now open to the public as it makes its US debut right here in Portage, MI. This interactive exhibit developed and produced by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, provides visitors with a hands-on multi-sensory experience like no other.  Game Changers  is a highly interactive and immersive travelling exhibit that explores... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019
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