I have a few updates for you this month!
First off, thank you to all the gardeners who have logged into our online volunteer portal!
I've been thrilled with the positive feedback I've heard from gardeners who can now enter their hours from the convenience of their home. For those gardeners who have had some trouble logging in, please reach out! I am more than happy to walk you through the process over the phone or in person.
I also want to make sure everyone knows there will ALWAYS be a paper option available for gardeners who prefer to log their hours that way!
Second, the Saginaw Children's Zoo will be having our annual Zoo Boo event with a GARDEN CONTEST!
With everything that's going on, Zoo Boo will look very different this year, so we need your help! As we won't be able to have a lot of our usual events and activities, we have decided to decorate the zoo to the MAX. To help create our merry not-so-scary atmosphere, we are encouraging our gardeners to go ALL OUT with their Halloween decorations this year.
Pumpkins! Skeletons! Fall Decor! You name it! Just remember not to put out anything too small and secure your decorations–we don't want any TRICKS with animals, storms, or little hands moving your decorations around.
To enter the contest, decorations need to be in your garden before October 5th. On that day staff will take photos of all gardens that are decked out for Halloween. All the photos will be posted to our Facebook page with gardens grouped into one of four sections (Blue, Red, Green, and Orange). By the end of the week, whichever garden gets the most “likes" in each section will win a $25 Visa gift card, a spooky “Way to Grow" sign in their garden, and best of all, bragging rights.
We have decided to do the annual contest online this year due to COVID so guests can vote safely from their computer and not have to handle slips of paper. I will send out another email when the photos are up so you can tell all your friends and family to go vote!
Zoo Boo itself will be October 16th-18th and 23rd-25th and guests will be able to pick out the winners easily by the “Way to Grow" signs! If you are interested in volunteering to give out goodie bags at the event, let me know!
Lastly, I wanted to give a big thank you to all our gardeners and garden assistants who have been working hard this season.
The beauty and quirks of your gardens help guests (and staff!) relive some of the stress of the past few months. Something to feel good about!
That's it for now! As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hello!