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4-H’ers explore Henry Doorly Zoo

April 9, 2014
The Daily Freeman Journal
Eleven Hamilton County Intermediate 4-H members toured the sites of the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska Friday, April41 and Saturday, April 5 as part of their overnight stay. Hamilton County Omaha Zoo trip participants were Amanda Johnson, Anna Utrera, Trey Temple, Halley Koster, Katelyn Sogard, Stacy Meyer, Sean Godfredson, Levi Greufe, Ursula Leksell, Daniel Blankenship and Noelle Huegerich. This trip was funded by the Hamilton County 4-H Foundation. Counties that participated in this trip include Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Webster, and Wright. 4-Hers participated in a guided night hike tour around the zoo upon arrival. Seeing, smelling and listening to the sounds of the zoo at night is an experience many of the youth will always remember. Snacks and a movie ended the evening as they settled into their sleeping bags within the Scott Aquarium-Penguins. The second day began with a guided morning hike around the zoo plus an animal and keeper visit. Watching the zoo keepers feed and care for the animals in the morning was a special experience. Youth saw many exciting places within the zoo that included the Desert Dome, the Jungle, Kingdom of the Night, Cat Complex, Gorilla Valley, Scott Aquarium, and an IMAX movie entitled “Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar 3D.” The Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Program in Hamilton County offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences for youth in grades K-12. For more information about how to join 4-H, contact the Hamilton County Extension Office at 515-832-9597 or email Cheryll Entriken, Hamilton County 4-H & Youth Coordinator at


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