Minnesota Zoo to Host Second Annual American Sign Language Day
Nearly 750 students expected to participate
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Apple Valley, MINN – April 29, 2013 – As part of the Minnesota Zoo’s World Language Days series, American Sign Language (ASL) students will visit the Zoo on Tuesday, April 30 for an educational and exciting time interpreting zoo animals.
From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., upper level students from a variety of schools (including Chaska and Eden Prairie High, Faribault High, Irondale and Minnetonka High, MN State Academy for the Deaf, Park High, Woodbury High and Somerset School) will tour the Zoo and discover fascinating facts about animals presented in sign language. One hundred presenting students will interpret at 30 animal exhibits by use of costumes and props; observing students will receive a “passport,” where they tour the exhibits and get a stamp at each station. ASL majors from St. Catherine University will also volunteer their services around the Zoo.
World Language Days, which have been at the Zoo since 1979, are designed for language students in grades 7-12 and elementary immersion students. For information on upper level language student presenters call 952.431.9260.
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For
more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an
accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an
institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).