The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation announced today a new partnership with the Sacramento Zoo. The C.A.R.E.S. Foundation gifted an $8,300 grant to the zoo to help provide Science Education Scholarships for low-income children in the Sacramento community. The scholarships will give students the opportunity to attend the zoo’s seasonal educational camps and participate in a variety of other science-based educational programming provided by the Sacramento Zoo.
“We are very excited to partner with the Sacramento Zoo and help provide scholarships to low-income students, who would not have been able to afford the opportunity to participate in the zoo’s educational programs otherwise,” expressed Stacia Levenfeld, a C.A.R.E.S. Foundation board member. “Our hope is that this grant helps provide educational opportunities to more children across the Sacramento area.”
The mission of the Sacramento Zoo is to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation. The zoo’s education programs, designed to engage and connect children with wildlife, have been filling a critical need in the greater Sacramento community since 1970. The zoo’s educational activities and programs provide unique learning opportunities for more than 70,000 students, teachers and chaperones annually. These educational opportunities include programs on zoo grounds for visitors and students on school field trips, as well as off-site K-12 programs that meet California Next Generation Science Standards.
“We are so grateful to be partnering with The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation! The Foundation’s commitment to the community aligns with the Sacramento Zoo’s education programs and our commitment to local youth. With generous support from the C.A.R.E.S. Foundation, we will be able to offer engaging science education programs to hundreds of underserved students,” said Ann Geiger, Sacramento Zoo Director of Education. “Partnerships such as these are what make our community dynamic and resilient, and a place we are all proud to live in.”
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to nearly 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure welcomes an average of 500,000 guests annually and inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.
The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donated $450,000 in 2019 to over five dozen local organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports, and focuses on improving lives under these categories. For more information, please visit www.savemart.com, under the Community tab.