Springtime is Storytime at Sequoia Park Zoo

Sequoia Park Zoo is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Ink People for the Arts’ North Coast Storytellers program.

“It’s long been a dream to offer a storytelling program here at the Zoo,” says Education Coordinator Amber Neilson. “Animals are central to many of the most popular myths, legends, and fables, and can be a powerful vehicle for teaching about many different aspects of our lives and our world.”

Storytime at the Zoo will be free with zoo entry and will take place in the classroom from 1:00-1:45 on Saturday April 14, Saturday May 12, and Saturday June 9. The lineup is as follows (other storytellers may join these sessions, subject to availability):

April 14: Alli Freedlund
Ali has lived on the North Coast for over 30 years. Many of her stories are a celebration of this beautiful area and the many creatures that live here. Through these stories, Ali hopes to empower all ages to love and respect this place and each other.

May 12: Mary Lawrence and Dan O’Gara
Mary Lawrence is a former actress, drama instructor and award-winning classroom teacher. For many years, Mary wrote, directed and produced plays for children. She enjoys telling a wide variety of tales, especially stories with a bit of magic and surprise.

Dan is the founder of the Storytelling Festival by the Sea, and learned many tales when teaching in South America. He brings a treasury of tales from many lands and cultures, but near to his heart are the legends from his home on the North Coast.

June 9: Nancy McMillan
Nancy is a professional storyteller who was instrumental in the creation of the South Coast Storytellers Guild in Southern California. She is a librarian, loves to tell stories with humor and action, and also runs a Storytelling Club for children.

The North Coast Storytellers (http://northcoaststorytellers.inkpeople.org/North_Coast_Storytellers/) are committed to working together to support, promote, and perpetuate the art, craft and values of storytelling through education and performance.

Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. For more information, visit www.sequoiaparkzoo.net or call (707) 441-4263.