The zoo was one of three nominees for the Brooklyn division of the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge, an online contest where the public votes for local charities to receive IKEA makeovers in communities across America.
IKEA will convert an existing hallway into a new learning space for teens participating in the Prospect Park Zoo’s various programs and will then furnish the new lab.
“We are extremely thankful to IKEA and the community for giving us this amazing opportunity to improve our educational programming space,” director of the Prospect Park Zoo Denise McClean said. “Our teens have a passion for conservation, and a new lab and classroom area will greatly enhance their learning experience.”
The lab will feature a study area for the teens, iPads, laptops, microscopes, new stools and tables, a bathroom and plenty of storage space.
“We believe in creating a better everyday life for many people, and by making this contribution, IKEA Brooklyn and our co-workers are able to support the Prospect Park Zoo and the good work of the Wildlife Conservation Society,” said Fredrik Rabe, IKEA Brooklyn Store Manager. “We hope this new classroom and laboratory space provide a great space for young people to learn and contribute to the conservation work of the Prospect Park Zoo.”
The Prospect Park Zoo’s numerous programs for teens cover many aspects of the science of working in a zoo. Teens can participate in programs where they will teach visitors about the zoo animals, learn about urban ecology, learn about various science careers at zoos and aquariums or even intern at the zoo, assisting in the care of the animals and studying their behavior.
Some of these programs are accepting applications until mid-May. More information can be found here.