New Education Coordinator at Menominee Park Zoo


The Oshkosh Zoo Society and the Oshkosh Parks Department are pleased to announce a new education coordinator at the Menominee Park Zoo, Dawn Harmsen. Dawn earned a B.S. in Science Education with an environmental emphasis from Marian University. Prior to starting this position she volunteered locally and in Central America. In the US, she worked for WDNR as an educational interpreter at Havenwoods State Forest. In Central America, she joined the Ara Project in Islita, Costa Rica helping with a Scarlet and Great Green Macaw breeding and release program.

At the Menominee Park Zoo, Dawn will adopt a fresh way of delivering education. Through interpretation and inquiry, Dawn will weave stories to create lasting impressions on zoo guests that connect facts, memories, and emotions. Through these experiences at the zoo, she hopes to inspire a new generation of stewards for Wisconsin wildlife and beyond our state’s borders. She, and the zoo interns that she trains will host programs at the zoo all summer. Look for events calendars on our website,, and on our Oshkosh Zoo Society Facebook page.

Dawn has great plans for the year to come. Be on the watch for:

• New field trips aligned with the school district’s science standards

• Opportunities to take part in behind the scenes programs for those who
are curious about what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy,

• Scheduling special presenters to introduce species that are not housed at
the zoo,

• Promoting the zoo as a place where people want to return over and over
to visit their friends-the animals.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities you can reach Dawn at by emailing, or calling 920-267-7847

The zoo opens on Saturday May 5th and is open daily through the last week of September. Dawn and the interns are looking forward to meeting you!


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