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Fortress of the Bears Grand Opening

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the “Fortress of the Bears” exhibit at the Great Plains Zoo! See our four Brown Bear cubs as they play and interact in their new exhibit, which features a pond and lush bear meadow. You can also enjoy interactive opportunities for the entire family, including a playground and field research station for children.

In addition to seeing the new Brown Bear exhibit, you can also take part in special events and activities during the day including:

  • First 500 kids will receive a Fortress of the Bears drawstring backpack.
  • Build your own Bear-themed Treat Mix with gummy bears, Teddy Grahams and Goldfish crackers. Available while supplies last.
  • Take photos with Zoo mascots including a new Brown Bear mascot.
  • Grand Opening ceremony at Fortress of the Bears at 10:30 a.m.
  • Brown Bear Zookeeper Chats at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy free face painting in the picnic shelter until 1 p.m.
  • Attend a special Bookworms Reading program at 1 p.m. featuring the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”

All activities are free with Zoo admission.

Learn more about the Fortress of the Bears exhibit and our four Brown Bear cubs.

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