As Minnesota’s state Zoo, we are committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to all our citizens – regardless of age, geographic location, disability or background. “Zoo Unlimited” is our community outreach and access initiative that unites a wide range of programs and policies designed to ensure every Minnesotan has unlimited opportunities to form stronger connections with the natural world. Legacy funds help us implement this program bridge barriers that keep people from connecting with all the Zoo has to offer.
Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang - Complete staff field trainings led by elder-first speakers focused on ricing, trapping, sugar bush and basket-making. Produce high quality audio files of the language of each cultural activity and develop immersion curriculum for each incorporating the audio. Apply, test and disseminate the curriculum through workshops focused on each activity. Develop searchable archives for the audio files in teh Fond du Lac College Library.
Project Goals and Objectives: With this proposal, 1) we seek to increase Ojibwe proficiency intergenerational language speaking opportunities for community members within our camp and afterwards. 2) We want to develop teaching materials for outdoor activities for use in any camp setting, and 3) Provide a model for professional development of language camp staff.
Legacy funds allow the Minnesota Zoo to extend the season of the Wells Fargo Family Farm beyond its historical May to September season to include full programming and exhibits from April through November.
Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang - will train five staff members in the language and practice of traditional activities associated with babies and parenting, led by knowledgeable elder-first speakers with years of experience. Staff members will spend a total of 16 days with four elder-first speakers engaged in language associated with pregnancy, birthing, newborns, infants, toddlers, cradleboard, moss bags, baby swing, and baby rattles. We will make audio-video recordings of these training sessions to have as a detailed record and reference tool.