“What is Bear Awareness Weekend at Brookfield Zoo?” by S.M. O’Connor

The third weekend of May, 2019 will be the annual Bear Awareness Weekend at the Brookfield Zoo.  Guests of all ages will be able to attend special Zoo Chats about the three species of bears at Brookfield Zoo: grizzly bears, polar bears, and sloth bears to find out what challenges they face in the wild, as well as what conservation efforts people are making to help wild bear populations.  Volunteers will be manning exploration carts that feature a variety of bear artifacts for guests to touch.  At the Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters will be able to partake in bear-themed arts and crafts.  Note that a fee applies.  For further information, visit www.CZS.org/Events or call (708) 688-8000.

The Chicago Zoological Society is a private, non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on property that belongs to the Forest Preserves of Cook County (formerly called the Forest Preserve District of Cook County).  The Website is www.CZS.org.  The Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (A.Z.A.) accredits the Brookfield Zoo (as well as the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium).

The Brookfield Zoo is located in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois, approximately fourteen miles west of downtown Chicago.  The address of the North Gate Main Entrance is 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  This is on 31st Street, west of 1st Avenue (and thus the Des Plaines River).

The address of the South Gate Main Entrance is 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513.  This is west of Riverside Brookfield High School.  It is within walking distance of the Hollywood Stop on the Metra’s B.N.S.F. Railway, which runs between Chicago and Aurora.

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