Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari at Tennessee Aquarium

New exhibit "will help everyone tune into nature"

05-06-2011 // The Chattanoogan

The following is an excerpt from The Chattanoogan.

Hornbill at the Tennessee Aquarium

May 5, 2011 (Chattanooga, TN) - The Tennessee Aquarium is bringing together kids, nature and fun in a whole new way this summer with the opening of Ranger Rick®’s Backyard Safari. This unique experience, in partnership with National Wildlife Federation, will for the first time bring the pages of Ranger Rick magazine to life in a museum setting. The new exhibit will use live animal experiences to help families tune into, and appreciate, nature from their backyard to the backyards of creatures from around the world.

Visitors to Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari will traverse three zones of up-close animal encounters. Guests will be thrilled to meet a Eurasian eagle owl and they’ll laugh at the amusing mimicry of Happy Jack, the talking Amazon parrot. Both the young and young at heart will smile as they’re introduced to additional birds, furry creatures and other animals with scales and shells.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to connect people to nature,” said Kevin Coyle, Vice President of Education with National Wildlife Federation. “Featuring Ranger Rick and the Be Out There (www.beoutthere.org) program with the Tennessee Aquarium’s educators and animal programs adds a fun new element to our environmental outreach, encourages kids to learn about wildlife in their own communities and explore the natural world for themselves.”

NWF and the new exhibit teach that by providing the necessary ingredients for healthy, sustainable wildlife habitat, you may qualify to earn the distinction of being part of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat™ program, one more way NWF encourages you to Be Out There.

Learn how to get started at: www.nwf.org/certify. Visit www.beoutthere.org for more inspiration and tools to make the outdoors a part of daily life.