Nature Rocks Program Receives National Grant at the North Carolina Zoo

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has bestowed a “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grant to the North Carolina Zoo for its Nature Rocks program. This is the third consecutive grant awarded to this program, which is a part of Kidzone’s nature play mission. Nature Rocks leads monthly nature hikes, camping events and, now, on-site Playful Pedagogy training for teachers and caregivers. The North Carolina Zoo works with community partners such as the Randolph County Partnership for Children, the Dream Center, the Growing Place, and the…

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New Technology Transforms Protected Area Management, aided by North Carolina Zoo


Efforts to combat poaching of wildlife in Asia, Africa and Latin America have just gotten smarter with the release of a powerful new extension to the widely adopted Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) from the SMART Partnership. Called SMART Connect, the new technology allows rangers and conservation area managers to exchange critical information and transmit data in real time. SMART Connect delivers a revolutionary suite of services improving access to data for park staff and managers on pressing issues such as poaching and human wildlife conflict. SMART Connect expands…

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