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Membership and donation drive raises awareness to benefits of the zoo in the community

March 30, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — Riverside Discovery Center and the Oregon Trail Community Foundation have teamed up for a spring zoo membership and donation drive.

The two organizations came together to create a platform where the public can purchase memberships and make donations. The drive, which runs through April, is also offering extra incentives for memberships.

Zoo Director Anthony Mason said the partnership with OTCF is a great one because it will bring more recognition to the many ways people can contribute and help the zoo.

“Partnering with them is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on memberships and donations,” Mason said. “It gives us an additional place to put the word out.”

OTCF Executive Director Cathy McDaniel was pleased to partner with the zoo again. They have done so in the past with grants, such as the Dino Dig grant several years ago. RDC also has a fund with OTCF.

“Because of that and knowing the struggles they’re facing right now, we wanted to see how we could help them out,” McDaniel said. “Since we are fresh from the Wyo-braska GIVES, it’s in our wheelhouse and we can do membership drives.”

Membership comes with unlimited access to the zoo during regular hours plus the majority of special events held throughout the year. Members also receive a 15 percent discount in the gift shop, discounts on camps and certain events and access to the member’s only Breakfast with the Bears event. Members will also get in early during the debut of the new chimpanzee group.

Memberships are active from the date of purchase for one year and also include the splash pad and the Rowdy Reptile and Mammal Mania stage shows.

In addition to memberships, people can visit the specially designed website and also make a donation or adopt an animal.

“It’s a really easy way to give,” McDaniel said. “If everyone just gave a little, how amazing would that be for the zoo?”

McDaniel was pleased to be able to help the zoo during their membership drive.

“It didn’t cost us anything but some time,” McDaniel said. “As a community, we should try to support the zoo as much as possible.”

The first 20 memberships purchased will receive a free Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizza along with other prizes given away at random, including shirts, toys and more. Every membership purchased in April will also get a $2 off coupon to Cappuccino and Company.

“With the foundation’s website, it allows us to have the flexibility to randomly give things out,” Mason said. “We’ll be posting more about it on Facebook.”

Individual memberships are $55; families are $85; supporting memberships are $140. Other tiers of memberships are available for an additional cost. Zoo memberships are also available monthly by bringing a canceled check to the zoo to set up drafts.

The individual membership is new this year. Family memberships have two named adults on the pass, while the supporting membership allows two free guests per visit.

To purchase a membership, make a donation or adopt an animal, visit www.one.bidpal.net/rdc or drop by in person at the zoo at 1600 S. Beltline Hwy. W. For more information, contact Riverside Discovery Center at 308-630-6236.