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Live Animal Event at American Prairie's National Discovery Center: ZooMontana to help launch new program "ECO-Critters"


Live Animal Event at American Prairie's National Discovery Center: ZooMontana to help launch new program "ECO-Critters"

JUNE 10, 2022

Contact: Beth Saboe
Senior Public Relations Manager
Phone: 406-600-4906

ZooMontana to help launch new program “ECO-Critters”

American Prairie is pleased to announce an upcoming event in partnership with ZooMontana at the National Discovery Center in Lewistown. On Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 4pm, educational staff from the Billings Zoo will be bringing a number of live animals to introduce our new program, “ECO-Critters.”

During this free event, visitors can explore multiple stations and learn about the natural world the animals live in and how they are cared for at the zoo. Visitors can also tour the NDC exhibits and learn even more about prairie plants and animals.

“Being a full-time educator at the zoo means my typical day encompasses a lot of things: from animal handling and care, to educating folks on and off-site, to scheduling and creating new awesome programs,” says Katie Elam, ZooMontana Education Leader. “I love getting everyone as excited as I am about animals and the environment, as well as just learning new things in general.”

ECO-Critters is just one of a number of new educational programs currently being developed by American Prairie’s NDC staff, who are excited that ZooMontana is bringing some of their animals to the Center.

“ECO-Critters is a great way to get folks of all ages interested in wildlife, and to spread the word about the great things that are happening at ZooMontana, on the prairie, and at the National Discovery Center,” said David Cunningham, the Kären and Jay Abbe Director of the National Discovery Center.

The American Prairie National Discovery Center is located at 302 W Main Street in Lewistown, and is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Visit to learn more, and follow American Prairie on Facebook for updates on upcoming events and programming.


About American Prairie
American Prairie’s vision is to create a vast and collaboratively-managed prairie destination that serves as a fully functioning ecosystem for wildlife, and offers visitors permanent access to the landscape that shaped our nation’s character. Already open to the public for recreation including camping and hunting, American Prairie offers visitors an opportunity to connect with nature on a truly grand scale. Learn more at

About ZooMontana
ZooMontana is Montana’s only zoological and botanical park, and is dedicated to wildlife education and conservation revolving around Earth’s 45th parallel. It is an AZA accredited nonprofit educational organization committed to the best in animal care. ZooMontana’s education program reaches over 20,000 students per year, both on and off Zoo grounds. The Zoo is located at 2100 S. Shiloh Road in Billings, Montana. Learn more at

American Prairie's National Discovery Center
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM on Sat, 18 Jun 2022

Event Supported By

American Prairie's National Discovery Center

Artist Group Info

Katie Elam

American Prairie's National Discovery Center

302 W Main Street
Lewistown, Montana 59457