The Zoo is expanding its educational mission with the development of a new pre-school building and grounds to accommodate up to 160 students ages 3-5. The design includes renovation of an existing 20,000 sq. ft. school adjacent to the Zoo proper. New classrooms will support the nature-based curriculum with nearly half of the teaching spaces integrated into surrounding landscape. The school will also have a direct connection to the greater teaching environment of the Zoo and help to reinforce the Zoo’s conservation mission for future generations. Zoological exhibits will be tightly integrated with the new building and landscape, seamlessly blending play, learning, and adventure.