News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Junior Museum & Zoo Receives American Heritage Preservation Grant for Insect Exhibit “Buzzzz”
Contact : John Aikin, Executive Director, Junior Museum and Zoo, Community Services Department    650-329-2111
Tina Keegan, Exhibits Director, Community Services Department    650-329-2111

Palo Alto, CA – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 54 awards totaling $152,112 for American Heritage Preservation grants.  IMLS received 146 applications requesting $412,952 in funds.  The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo - Palo Alto, CA has been awarded $3,000 to restore its insect collection as part of a planned exhibit opening June 4, 2011, titled Buzzzz.

“I am delighted that the American Heritage Preservation Program has supported our effort to restore and preserve the valuable collections at the Junior Museum & Zoo, said John Aikin, Executive Director of the Junior Museum & Zoo.”  “These collections are a vital component of the real objects, scientific equipment and live animals that our science instructors use to engage children in science.  This year, the Museum’s science instructors will provide repeat and inspiring in-depth science instruction to over 3,000 students enrolled in 944 school programs in 152 classrooms, 77 afterschool program, and 46 summer camps in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.”

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will use the funds to purchase archival supplies and expertise to re-house its insect and spider collection, which consists of 1,560 specimens of beetles, butterflies, bees, ants, wasps, dragonflies, and spiders. Most of the specimens were collected between the 1930s and the 1970s, and are significant to the community because many were collected locally or donated by local collectors. Once re-housed, the collection will be used in an expansion of school outreach programs and in the upcoming insect exhibition, Buzzzz.

“We are proud to be partners with the Bank of America Foundation in making these awards. American Heritage Preservation Grants enrich communities’ sense of place and identity,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director. “These projects help libraries and museums care for collections that tell powerful stories about life in the U.S.”

The Junior Museum & Zoo is a place where children and their caregivers come to explore, discover, create and play.  Through hands-on science exhibits and a diverse community of live animals, we seek to engage a child's curiosity for science and nature.  

The Zoo is home to more than 50 species of animals--about 200 specimens in all--many of which are brought into classrooms as part of the Junior Museum & Zoo's science outreach program with local schools. Some of the animals include bobcats, raccoons, jungle bats, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, fresh and salt water fish and invertebrates, a red tail hawk and other birds.

The Museum offers a menagerie of science programs for schools and community groups, as well as classes, summer camps and birthday parties for families.

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, Ca. 94301
(650) 329-2111

A $3 per person donation is suggested.
Tuesday.-Saturday. 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday   1 pm – 4 pm
Closed Monday
All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.