Peoria Park District happenings for August 2014

As Central Illinois residents, we are lucky to live in one of the most diverse migratory flyways in the world called the Mississippi Flyway. Nearly half of North America’s bird species, and about 40 percent of its waterfowl, spend at least part of their lives in the Mississippi Flyway. Join us Saturday, August 2, 11 am to 2 pm to celebrate our fine feathered friends through games, activities, and up close animal encounters. Learn about the birds who call Peoria Zoo home as well as those found in your very own backyard! Regular admission will be charged – Adults 13+: $9.00; Children 3-12: $5.25; Senior Citizens: $8.00. Consider a Family Membership and you’ll receive unlimited FREE admission to the Peoria Zoo for one full year, plus other great benefits!
Fun Bird Facts for a couple of highlighted Peoria Zoo Bird residents:
Emu
Calls consist of booming, drumming and grunting. The booming is created in an inflatable neck sac and can be heard up to 1.2 miles away.
Second largest bird by height in the world.
Red-Tailed Hawk
The eyesight of a hawk is 8 times as powerful as a human’s. They can spot a mouse from a height of 100 ft.
Sit and wait for food by watching from an elevated perch. They also hover in strong winds.
For questions call the Peoria Zoo at (309) 681-3509 or check our website at www.peoriazoo.org.

Adult Men’s Soccer League
The Peoria Park District’s Adult Men’s Soccer League will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting August 18 at Mossville Soccer Complex. This league will feature 7v7 style play. Registration deadline is August 8. Fees are $350 for 8 games.
For more information, contact Matt Suellentrop, Sports Coordinator, at 681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org.
FREE T-SHIRT DAY AT PEORIA ZOO
The Peoria Zoo is giving away free t-shirts from 10 am to 12 pm (or while supplies last) on Saturday, August 16, when you pay regular admission and bring in 3 non-perishable items (per t-shirt). The food items will be donated to the Heart of Illinois Harvest. Each family will be allowed 2 free t-shirts with their donation. Regular admission charges are – Adults 13+: $9.00; Children 3-12: $5.25; Senior Citizens: $8.00. Purchase a Family Membership and you’ll receive unlimited FREE admission to the Peoria Zoo for one full year, plus other great benefits!
For questions, call the Peoria Zoo at (309) 681-3513 or check our website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.peoriazoo.org” www.peoriazoo.org.
ZOO TOTS PROGRAM AT PEORIA ZOO
Meet the animals from A to ZOO! at Peoria Zoo’s Zoo Tots Program, an education program for children ages 2 to 4. Zoo Tots is designed for you and your child to explore the amazing world of animals. Fee for each class is $7 for Zoo members/$15 for non-members.
Sa:8/9 or Th: 8/21 10-10:50 am T is for…
Sa: 9/13 or Th: 9/18 10-10:50 am U is for…
Sa: 11/8 or Th: 11/20 10-10:50 am V is for…
For more information and to pre-register, call 681-3513.
Adult Men’s Soccer League
The Peoria Park District’s Adult Men’s Soccer League will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting August 18 at Mossville Soccer Complex. This league will feature 7v7 style play. Registration deadline is August 8. Fees are $350 for 8 games. For more information, contact Matt Suellentrop, Sports Coordinator, at 681-2866 or visit www.peoriaparks.org.

Happy Feet Soccer Program offered at Peoria Park District
The Peoria Park District will offer Happy Feet for ages 2-3 at Mossville Soccer Complex and Lakeview Rec Center starting the week of August 16. This soccer program is a perfect starting point for developing skills as it is non-competitive and uses fun techniques to train advanced motor skills, dynamic dribbling, shooting skills and fitness. The registration fee is $36 for both residents and non-residents. A variety of Happy Feet practice times are available. To find a day and time that fits your schedule, visit www.peoriaparks.org or call Matt Suellentrop at 681-2866. You may also email Matt at msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org.
peoriaparkdistrictbriefsTHEY ALL LOOK THE SAME… SO HOW DO YOU TELL ONE ZEBRA FROM ANOTHER
Find out how a baby zebra finds their mother in a crowd of zebras when you join us at Peoria Zoo for a light breakfast with the rhinos and zebras in our Africa! classroom. We’ll teach you more about these amazing animals while watching them enjoy their breakfast too. You can register for either day: Saturday, August 9 or Sunday, August 10, 9:00 am-10:00 am. Cost of this event is $7.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members.
For questions or to register, call the Peoria Zoo Education office at (309) 681-3513 or check our website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.peoriazoo.org” www.peoriazoo.org.
HOME EDUCATOR CLASSES AT PEORIA ZOO
Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards for home schooled children. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Registration is required. Parents are welcome but not required to attend (parents will have to pay if attending). If classes fill, alternate dates may be available. Min/Max: 10/30. Fee is $6 for members/$12 for non-members for each class. The August class will be on Aug. 13th from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Topic: Animals in Action. Please pre-register for these classes by calling 681-3559. If you have questions or for more information, call the Peoria Zoo Education Department at 681-3559.

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