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Engaging children's curiosity in science and nature

Photo Credit: Veronica Weber
Photo Credit: Veronica Weber
Photo Credit: Veronica Weber

Welcome to the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ).

The Friends work closely with the JMZ and the City of Palo Alto to provide:
* Exciting and interactive museum exhibits
* Free science education classes for students in East Palo Alto
* Improvements and renovations of the Zoo and Museum facilities

The JMZ Initiative - Building a New Zoo for Me and You

The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) has an 80 year legacy of inspiring a passion for science, appreciation for nature and a love of exploration. The JMZ experience changes children’s lives by introducing them to science and nature at a formative stage. The JMZ Initiative, led by the Friends of the JMZ and the city of Palo Alto, ensures renewed facilities that will keep this intimate, child-sized experience viable for future generations. The Board of Directors of the Friends of the JMZ is committed to leading this effort to re-capitalize the community’s investment in this institution.

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A Center of Science Excellence

Junior Museum & Zoo Educators teach STEM curriculum science lessons in the Palo Alto Unified School District, as well as in at-risk schools in East Palo Alto through the Science Outreach Program. Learn more about what you can do to help support science in under-resourced schools.

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