Wild Things Zoo Attraction
Wild Things Zoo Attraction was started on a rural Minnesotan farm by a professor that wanted to diversify his estate and better understand his surroundings. They have since created "open design, community pen, free flying style exhibits," which they brought to our region this summer as part of our Summer Reading Program. Their exhibit, which features both local and exotic animals, focuses on the belief that understanding more about our environment and surroundings makes us better people, and better community members.
After each program we distributed evaluation forms to find out what patrons learned from the program, why they enjoyed it, and to collect public comments. We expect that patrons will come away with a new respect for the natural world around them, an increased interest in animal behavior, and a greater understanding of the way our communities interact with our local ecosystems.
99% of respondents said that after watching this program they learned something new about animals, or were introduced to a new animal. 88% said that they enjoyed this program because it helped them to increase knowledge, or better understand a topic. 59% said that it helped them to spend quality time with family or friends. 92% of respondents said that this program increased their interest in animal behavior, biology and/or ecosystems. Public comments included: "We loved this library program, there was a wide variety of animals and the presentation was informative," and, "very youth friendly, those in attendance were captivated," and, "thanks for having programs, it's nice to have in our community."
In Hallock, volunteers helped to set up chairs and clean up after the program. In Greenbush the Friends of the Library set up chairs, cleaned up after the program and served ice cream snacks.