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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 23, 2021                               
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Brookfield Zoo Hosting Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk and Paint Night
Zoo Fans can get Active and Creative in Support of Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill.—This spring, Brookfield Zoo is hosting two new virtual programs—a Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk to get your blood pumping and a Virtual Paint Night to get your creative juices flowing.

Brookfield Zoo’s first-ever Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk is happening now through May 30, 2021. The event takes you outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather and glorious colors of sprouting blooms. You choose the time and place—take a hike in a forest preserve, jog along a waterfront trail, or stroll through a neighborhood. The cost is $30 per person. Each participant receives a beanie, numbered bib, and completion certificate. Race entries benefit the Chicago Zoological Society Animal Care and Conservation Fund, which is dedicated to making a difference for animal species across the globe. To register and for additional information, visit Race materials will be mailed.

Brookfield Zoo fans who want another way to get involved, can pick up a paintbrush, put on a smock, and get their palettes ready for an interactive Virtual Paint Night on Saturday, June 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Partnering with the Pinot’s Palette’s Naperville studio, this class will be a live virtual event where participants can paint their own Bumblebee Utopia with an artist leading the way with step-by-step instruction. Registrants who cannot make it on the 5th, have up to seven days after the event to watch the recorded video. The cost, which is $35 plus shipping (or schedule a time to pick up a kit at Pinot’s Palette), includes admission to the class and a kit with everything one needs to paint a work of art—canvas, paints, and brushes. Ten dollars from each registrant will be donated back to Brookfield Zoo in support of its mission to inspire conservation leadership. To register and for additional information, visit

To learn about more of Brookfield Zoo’s spring and summer events, visit

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Bumblebee Utopia painting

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
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Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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