New roads lead to new adventures!

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New roads lead to new adventures!
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As I look back on this year, so many thoughts come to my mind.  The majority of our open season brought many detours as well as some road adventures.  I came to work taking different roads and it got me thinking about how one thing affects another.  As I passed by homes that I rarely, […]

Noticing the Beauty Around Me

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Noticing the Beauty Around Me
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Someone once asked our Director if she ever got used to having a tiger right outside her office.   She replied yes, she did get used to it, but she still appreciates the fortunate opportunity she has to see and interact with these amazing creatures every day.     We all get used to the beauty around us, […]

Animals at Play or Rest

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Animals at Play or Rest
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I always enjoy working in our Admissions as I really appreciate talking with our visitors, learning where they are from, sharing stories of our animals, watching the excitement in each child and adult’s face as they walk with anticipation into Pine Grove Zoo and hearing what their favorite animal was when they are heading back […]

An “Otterly” Inspiring Experience

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An “Otterly” Inspiring Experience
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Their names are picked out, their dens are complete, their individual pools are prepared and their outside exhibit is almost done. As I write this blog, we continue to wait patiently to hear when our newest additions – our North American River Otters – will be arriving. It feels a lot like when a family […]

Roo with a View

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Roo with a View
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Roo with a View (This guest Blog is written by Syndey, one of our resident Red Kangaroos) As I write this guest blog for Vicki, I certainly am enjoying the cooler fall weather much more than I thought I would.     I don’t like the rain – I just don’t like getting wet and I’m not […]

Making Memories Amongst the Chaos

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Making Memories Amongst the Chaos
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It’s summertime and if you are like me, you are busy trying to fit a lot of things into a short amount of time. Whether it’s visiting family, hanging out at the lake, attending local festivals, going for long bike rides, or maybe you are watching kids or adults play softball or baseball throughout the […]

Good Morning from Pine Grove Zoo

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Good Morning from Pine Grove Zoo
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I’ve been working at Pine Grove Zoo for over a year now and I’m still amazed with the beauty I see every day as I walk up the path to the main building and start my day. Have you ever noticed how many shades of green there are in our Minnesota landscape? It’s simply breathtaking. […]

They are Ready

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They are Ready
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I think a lot of people can relate to sending off your child to school that first day. You know they are old enough to go and that they are ready. You’ve taught them how to tie their shoes, they know their ABC’s, you hope their social skills are adequate and they have mastered the […]

What’s your reward?

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What’s your reward?
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I’ve worked in the nonprofit field for over 16 years.   Before that, I was like so many, I volunteered a little here and there, whether it was at church, at school, or an organization or cause.    I felt it was my duty, but I’ll be honest – I never really enjoyed it.   It usually felt […]

The time of year we can take a deep breath…

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The time of year we can take a deep breath…
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Before I became involved with Pine Grove Zoo, like so many other people, I assumed when the doors were closed for the season, things were quieter at the Zoo. I often hear, even from my own family this question, “So, is there much for staff to do during the off season”. Let me just say…..there […]