The Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center
Our goal is to tap into the curiosity in young minds and spark a lifelong interest in animals, conservation and the environment. With the construction of the new 25,000-square-foot Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center, we have expanded our educational programs to serve more children and adults. The Center features eight classrooms, a two-story investigation and discovery lab, a conference room, library and offices. The new building is located conveniently off the Zoo parking lot, providing schools, children and families easy access. The facility opened in fall 2004. By summer 2007, we had a record 11,700 participants in Zoological Society summer camps.
As a "visitor orientation center," the building will act as a landmark and gathering place where visitors can plan their day at the Zoo. The U.S. Bank Gathering Place, a gateway to the Zoo experience, will offer an inviting indoor space including an upgraded restaurant, a quick snack bar, customer-service areas, accessible restrooms, and gifts shops with a fluid, bazaar-style feel. The atrium will include an animal-presentation area and potential gallery space. Visitors can learn what’s new at the Zoo, what’s going on each day and what they shouldn’t miss. This 28,548-square-foot space also will link the Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society offices.
Northwestern Mutual Family Farm
The goal of the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm is to give children a special place to meet animals up close, explore the world of farming and gardening, learn about Wisconsin animals, and develop a love and respect for nature in its many forms. New features include:
- The Stackner Animal Encounter building offering daily animal presentations in the summer season (children can touch animals and ask questions)
- A remodeled and enlarged Birds of Prey Theater
- More gardens, including a butterfly garden
- Two fun-filled play areas for different age groups.
- A renovated Goat Yard and new chick hatchery
- Remodeled entrances and lots of flowers
- Renovated interactive exhibits on dairy farming
The New Lakeview Place Restaurant
A new indoor dining facility overlooking Lake Evinrude seats 100 visitors. The site is approximately the halfway point of a typical Zoo visit, making it a popular location to stop and have lunch. The new Lakeview Place Restaurant takes advantage of beautiful views toward Lake Evinrude, the Ralph Evinrude Landing, and several of the North American animal exhibits.