Donation part of National Grid’s Engineering Our
Future Initiative to
support science- and math-focused education programs at the
WCS’s New York Aquarium, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo
New York – September 30,
2011- The Wildlife
Conservation Society has partnered with National Grid in support of two
important education initiatives.
National Grid has made a $225,000 contribution
to support WCS science-focused educational programs. This support is a part of
National Grid’s Engineering Our Future Initiative to encourage young people to
study science, technology, engineering, and math.
National Grid’s multi-year commitment will support:
(1) the docent program at WCS’s New York Aquarium; and (2) Conservation Math
presented by National Grid at WCS’s New York Aquarium, Queens Zoo, and Prospect
Park Zoo, a suite of education programming at all three facilities.
“We are grateful to National Grid for this
opportunity to inspire young people in ways that will help secure a better
future for the next generation," said Bertina Ceccarelli, Executive Vice
President for Global Resources. "Through this support, we can encourage
student participants to make conservation an important part of their daily
lives and to consider careers in the sciences."
A zoo or aquarium visit can provide valuable
knowledge and conservation awareness. For example, a WCS survey demonstrated
that 88 percent of visitors to the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest stated that
the exhibit helped them understand basic concepts about ecology.
“National Grid is committed to supporting
initiatives that inspire youth to pursue science, technology, engineering and
math skills,” said Ken Daly, National Grid president for New York. “The
Wildlife Conservation Society’s unique math and science programs are a way to
engage students in an interesting, fun way and at the same time, directly
supports our Engineering Our Future Initiative to make sure that all of our
students have the option to choose engineering as a career choice.”
More information about these and other exciting
education programs can be found online at www.nyaquarium.com,
Contact:Barbara Russo – 718-265-3428; firstname.lastname@example.orgMax Pulsinelli – 718- 220-5182; email@example.com
Society's New York Aquarium opens
every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally. Admission is
$14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 3-12 and $11.95 for senior citizens
(65 and older); children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Fridays after
3pm, admission is by suggested donation. The aquarium is located on Surf Avenue
at West 8th Street in Coney Island. For directions, information on public
events and programs, and other Aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit
our web site at http://www.nyaquarium.com.
Now is the perfect time to visit and show support for the New York Aquarium,
Brooklyn's most heavily attended attraction and a beloved part of the City of
Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo - Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults,
$6 for senior citizens, $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for children fewer
than 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April
through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are
sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at 450 Flatbush
Avenue. For more information call 718-399-7339 or go to www.prospectparkzoo.com
Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for
seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours
are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October,
and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at
53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further
information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.
Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild
places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and
the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by
the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards
nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is
committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on
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the Media: If you would like to guide your readers or viewers to a Web link where
they can make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places,
please direct them to wcs.org.
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