Zoo, Arts & Parks Blog
Passport Cover Design Contest
We asked you what zoo, arts and parks mean to you. Children from across the county submitted designs through their local library. We got a lot of great designs, and the competition to choose the winning design was so close. Each of the designs was so good.
We are happy to announce that Adventure is right outside your front door, by Sophia, got the most votes. This design will be printed on the front of our Kids Summer Passport this year! Congratulations, Sophia!
#1. Elephant by Hailey, Age 6, Taylorsville
#2. Adventure is right outside your front door by Sophia, Age 14, Draper
Medium: Pen & Colored Pencil
#3. The Wolf of the Moon by Ella, Age 11, West Valley City
Medium: Pen, Colored Pencil & Marker
Learn more about the Kids Summer Passport.
Travel the World at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
Hangzhou: Connecting with China is the newest exhibit at Discovery Gateway, opening to the public
on May 19. Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China presents four
children from Hangzhou in several environments, including at home, at school,
and in the countryside. The Chinese children will introduce themselves through
media and the activities of their daily lives. Visitors will discover that
Chinese life today mixes ancient traditions with modern lifestyles. This
exhibit is a bridge to learn about China and build cross-cultural
understanding. It features original artwork created to present a unique Chinese
aesthetic that delivers an immediate and unmistakable impression: You are in China.
Through this exhibit, Discovery Gateway
Children’s Museum strives to increase awareness around China. In distinctively
Chinese settings, visitors will “meet” children with different interests and in
different environments. The exhibit will dispel stereotypes and demystify the
nation of China. It is organized into several components with lessons and
activities woven throughout.
Gateway membership holders are invited to preview the exhibit on Thursday, May
18 from 1 – 3 pm. The grand opening of Children
of Hangzhou: Connecting with China will be Friday,
May 19 from 11 am – 2 pm. Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will also host
several Chinese Dual Immersion school groups and encourage them to put their
studies to practice by engaging with the exhibit in their secondary language. The
grand opening will kick off with a Lion Dance performed by Calvin Smith
Elementary students, and several performances by artists from Utah’s Chinese
community will follow. The University of Utah’s Confucius Institute will
provide hands-on activities for children and families including Chinese paper
cutting, origami, and calligraphy.
Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China was
produced by Boston Children’s Museum as part of the Freeman Foundation Asian
Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by
Association of Children’s museums. All underlying materials, including all
artwork and the use of Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China characters
are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum.
Kristin Jahne is
the Marketing Coordinator at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. When she’s
not fixing member issues or analyzing data, you can find her interacting with
patrons around the museum or helping plan events for DG members.
An Earnest Ticket Tuesday with Pinnacle Acting Company
Chicks and Chirps: Edward's Pheasants at Tracy Aviary
The weather is warming up, bulbs are blooming, and for Tracy Aviary,
it means its hatching season. In March, Tracy Aviary welcomed the hatching of
five Edwards’s Pheasant chicks! Edwards’s Pheasants are found in only three
provinces in central Vietnam and are thought to be extinct in the wild, which
makes this hatching all the more exciting!
Tracy Aviary participates in a Species Survival Plan to breed this
beautiful bird, increase their numbers in captivity, and ensure they have a future. The chicks are currently being raised by
their mom and dad in the lush Treasures of the Rainforest exhibit and getting accustomed
to finding food on their own, flying, and exploring their habitat. Edwards’s
Pheasants are very secretive and prefer to spend their time hiding under dense
foliage while foraging on the ground for food. The keepers are providing
mealworms, crickets, and specially formulated pheasant pellets for the family
to eat. Sometimes it is difficult to see the
chicks, as mom can be very protective, but if you listen closely you can hear
the family chirping to each other as they explore their habitat.
The chicks should reach their adult weight by the time they are 6 months
old. Males weigh about 900 grams where
females weigh about 600 grams. We will be able to tell if they are male or
female by the time they are 3 months old based on their feather coloration. Exposing
them to important husbandry tools like scales will help us monitor their growth
and overall health throughout their life without being too invasive in their
daily behaviors. Waxworms, which we also refer to as “bird candy”, are a great
way to reward these brave little birds for their curiosity in stepping up on
the scale! These precious little chicks
are vital to the future of their species, so to see them growing so well is
Visitors will have fun
searching for these little chicks inside Treasures of the Rainforest and will
be thrilled when they catch sight of them! As an open air exhibit, Treasures of
the Rainforest is a unique experience where guests get to see birds free-flying
Guests should plan a visit to
Tracy Aviary soon, for these chicks won’t be chicks for long! Along with
exploring Treasures of the Rainforest, guests will be able to participate in
fun summer programming. Our busy summer schedule includes something for everyone - daily bird
shows, nature play for the kids, daily feeding opportunities, nose-to-beak
encounters, and concerts the second Sunday of the month (June-September). Tracy
Aviary is open Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm, with later hours on Monday nights (open
till 8pm June-August). For more information visit www.tracyaviary.org.
Julie Roehner is the Marketing
& Events Coordinator at Tracy Aviary. New to the Aviary, she is enjoying
learning about all of the species on grounds from the rest of Tracy Aviary
Ticket Tuesday with Tracy Aviary