Building a New JMZ
How will the JMZ improve?
Parts of our current building date back to 1941, and is inadequate to meet the educational responsibilities of the JMZ. The JMZ’s innovative and age-appropriate science teaching introduces more than 17,000 local students—in schools, science camps and field trips—annually to the wonders and joy of learning about the world around them.
We have approximately 150,000 visitors a year, and while we intend to keep the intimate feel of the JMZ, there are environmental, safety and comfort constraints we need to address.
On successful completion of the JMZ Initiative, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will have:
- Better visitor amenities and experiences, including a dedicated safe area for bus drop-off, special entrance for school groups, and modern bathrooms.
- More STEM and biosciences education, and a teachers’ lesson planning space.
- Expanded programming for economically disadvantaged schools.
- Improved facilities and programs for children with physical and developmental disabilities.
- Multi-purpose spaces, (3 internal, 3 external) for teaching, events and special exhibits.
And be a Greener building by having:
- A sustainable, green building design.
- Renewable energy sources and recycled water systems.
- Heightened community pride.
- Increased earned revenue.
For more information about our improvements, please read our prospectus.
And include the pictures of the new JMZ on page 19 of prospectus)