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Lake Superior Zoo celebrates opening of pre-school program

Lake Superior Zoo celebrates opening of pre-school program

Emily Ness
Created: September 23, 2020 04:15 PM

Children age three to five now have the unique opportunity to learn among the animals at Lake Superior Zoo.

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The zoo celebrated the opening of their pre-school program, "Grow Wild Together" Wednesday after a year of preparation.

Through the program, children spend much of their time outside exploring the world around them.

“Every moment is filled with this magic and wonder and awe and so we give the children the time and space that they need to really just explore the world around them, ask questions and dive in deep to what interests them,” Leah Budnik, Preschool Director said.

The program is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm—September through June. Tuition is $900 a month—meals included.

So far, the program serves ten children, but Budnik said they are looking to serve up to eighteen.

“Not only are we getting children ready for kindergarten, but we are preparing them for a lifetime of being active in their community and being active in the natural world,” Budnik said.

A number of grants made the Lake Superior Zoo's pre-school program possible, including the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Northland Foundation, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and the Wilding Mitchell Foundation.

More information about the Lake Superior Zoo's preschool program can be found here.

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