Kids these days spend too much time in front of a screen and not enough time learning about nature. That is why the City of Idaho Falls has accepted a donation of $500K to build a new education center at Idaho Falls Zoo.
William Maeck, a local retired chemist, is interested in supporting both education and animals. In the past, he has helped support a number of programs including the Snake River Animal Shelter and ARTitorium on Broadway. The new education center will be named the William Maeck Education Center in honor of his generous contribution.
The Tautphaus Park Zoological Society has also raised $250K for the education center and will continue to raise $100K perpetually for maintenance and utilities.
The proposed building will house three new classrooms that can accommodate 200 students and help reconnect them with nature and the world they live in.
The new education center will be part of the Idaho Falls Zoo Master Plan which intends to direct growth at the zoo. The proposed location of the education center is near the Zoom Administration Office.
Source: The City of Idaho Falls Press Release