Entrance News and Updates

The Zoo broke ground on the new entrance in a private event on September 12, 2018. Read the story in our Fall 2018 issue of UPROAR.

The membership booth has moved to its new home in the parking lot near the tiger habitat and will serve as the temporary entrance to the Zoo until early 2020.

Demolition of the old entrance will begin on October 29. All visitors must now enter and exit through the temporary entrance.

It starts to feel like a real building when they pour the foundation! In the background, you can also watch the progress of the new bathrooms.

The construction crews worked on the concrete masonry of the new entrance during December and January. Next up: roof beams!

A very fast recap of setting a 59′ glulam roof beam. There are 8 of these beauties in the new entrance!

The building has framing for windows, and the plan is to install them at the beginning of April. In the meantime, interior masonry has continued.

Construction is being done on our entrance building, which will open March 2020.

Leaving a Legacy

An enhanced visitor experience featuring concierge-like amenities, personable guest service, and family care areas will rejuvenate and revitalize the zoo allowing you to enter at ease, access the gift shop and discover a wildlife adventure as you are warmly welcomed into the natural world of the Zoo.

Entrance News and Updates

The Zoo broke ground on the new entrance in a private event on September 12, 2018. Read the story in our Fall 2018 issue of UPROAR.

The membership booth has moved to its new home in the parking lot near the tiger habitat and will serve as the temporary entrance to the Zoo until early 2020.

Demolition of the old entrance will begin on October 29. All visitors must now enter and exit through the temporary entrance.

It starts to feel like a real building when they pour the foundation! In the background, you can also watch the progress of the new bathrooms.

The construction crews worked on the concrete masonry of the new entrance during December and January. Next up: roof beams!

A very fast recap of setting a 59′ glulam roof beam. There are 8 of these beauties in the new entrance!

The building has framing for windows, and the plan is to install them at the beginning of April. In the meantime, interior masonry has continued.

Construction is being done on our entrance building, which will open March 2020.

Leaving a Legacy

An enhanced visitor experience featuring concierge-like amenities, personable guest service, and family care areas will rejuvenate and revitalize the zoo allowing you to enter at ease, access the gift shop and discover a wildlife adventure as you are warmly welcomed into the natural world of the Zoo.

Roaring Forward Friend

$250-$499

Roaring Forward Friend

Become a Friend of the Potawatomi Zoo

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Roaring Forward Ground Breaker

$500-$999

Roaring Forward Ground Breaker

Recognition of donor generosity in all campaign thank-you pieces.

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Roaring Forward Trail Blazer

$1,000 - $2,499

Roaring Forward Trail Blazer

Receive an invitation to the Front Entry Grand Opening celebration. Recognition of donor generosity on all Grand Opening Season signage and in all campaign thank-you pieces.

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Donor Wall

$2,500+

Donor Wall

Leave a lasting impact by honoring a loved one, celebrating a special occasion or leave a lasting memory by gifting any amount over $2,500.

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Concrete Seat Wall

$5,000

Concrete Seat Wall

Donors names can be placed on the concrete bench affixed along the length of the new Front Entry Building.

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Benches

$10,000

Benches

SOLD OUT

Donors names can be placed on one of several benches which will be part of the new plaza. The donor’s name will be affixed directly to the bench for lasting impact.

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Landscape & Gardens

$50,000

Landscape & Gardens

SOLD OUT

Experience the natural and tranquil beauty of native trees and gardens while enjoying the sights and sounds of the plaza and entrance. Donors will receive customized recognition in this unique and beautiful setting.

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Field Trip/Group Entry

$100,000

Field Trip/Group Entry

This separate entrance, adjacent to our new entry building, will enable field trip groups entrance into the Zoo more quickly and safely, enhancing the educational experience for the students and their teachers.

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Education Renovations & Additions

$250,000

Education Renovations & Additions

SOLD OUT

The Education Center will provide an educational link between animals, conservation messaging, educational events, and our guests. Donors can be a part of this messaging by supporting the renovation of our current Red Barn.

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Family Comfort Center

$300,000

Family Comfort Center

This area will provide a unique way to recognize a business or family by creating a comfortable, inclusive space for visitors to care for their family’s needs.

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Entrance

$500,000

Entrance

SOLD OUT

A highly visible investment opportunity for a business or family.

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Gift Shop

$500,000

Gift Shop

This is a unique way to recognize a business or family.

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Plaza

$750,000

Plaza

This is the premier opportunity for investment at the Zoo’s new Entry Plaza. The donor may be recognized in a mutually agreed upon manner. This lead gift provides an ideal way to have a lasting and memorable impact at the Zoo. The donor will be forever connected to this beautifully designed building and gathering area.

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If you would like to support the Front Entry Project but the predefined giving levels aren’t a good fit, you can still support by naming your own amount. Every gift counts!

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