Help us stay on the right track!

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Choo-choo! All aboard the party train as we celebrate the Train’s 50th anniversary!

We believe that the Zoo is a family fun destination for everyone, which is why we are asking the community to help us stay on the right track!


Our goal is to raise funds to get us to Station 1 on our Train’s journey by September 2017. These funds will be used for:

  • Lowering the track
  • New ADA passenger car (or ADA modifications for 2 coaches)  
  • Modifications at the Depot
    • Modify/expand loading platform
    • ADA compliance upgrades/corralling modifications


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Station 2’s GOAL is to have the remaining funds raised by March 2018, which will be used for:

  • Train tunnel/shop addition & track spur
  • Bridge repair/maintenance work

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These changes will allow new opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as senior citizens who have difficulty climbing in and out of the train. Interested in being a part of history?

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The Iberschoff Special is a cornerstone of the Great Lakes Bay Region community. Last year, the Train had almost 72,000 riders! With your help, we are hoping that number will be much larger when the fully accessible Train is revealed. With every visit, membership, or donation, YOU are helping to ensure that everyone has a WILD adventure!

If you would prefer an offline contribution, please:

Make a check payable to “Children’s Zoo.” On the memo line of the check, please indicate that the donation is for “Train 2017.” Please mail your check to:

Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

More about the Train:

In January, 1967, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo introduced a new attraction: a miniature train. This brand new train was purchased from the Allan Herschell Company and is known as the "Iron Horse." The Iron Horse is designed to carry a larger number of passengers per trip than prior park trains. This purchase was made possible by Dr. Carl H. Iberschoff, a Saginaw school teacher, who left the money to the city of Saginaw for improvement of parks and playgrounds. The train is affectionately called the Iberschoff Special, in memory of Dr. Iberschoff's generosity. Click here to learn more about the Train's history!