Visiting The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center is a lot like stepping into a nature documentary. On guided tours, a knowledgeable narrator takes small groups on a journey to meet more than 200 creatures from across the world. They stop by the habitats of the black and white ruffed lemur, the western bobcat, and the spotted leopard. Along the way, guests learn a lot: for instance, that the Bennett's wallaby carries its young in a pouch, and that the critically-endangered cotton-top tamarin has lost more than 75% of its native habitat.
But in at least one way, the zoo accomplishes something that David Attenborough never could. Visitors can actually reach out and touch a creature during discovery programs. They can even adopt certain animals, perhaps helping provide tasty grasses and career guidance to a red kangaroo.
These programs exemplify the nonprofit zoo's dedication to wildlife education and awareness, something they hope to instill in their visitors from an early age. In the summer, educators spin "Animal Tales" for rapt young audiences and hold a Zoo Camp, where kids start to learn about diet and animal care. As kids' love of animals grows, the zoo invites them to volunteer as Crew in Training members. Once they hit college, students can become interns working on projects such as field studies of the patas monkey.
Crafted by personal trainer and Diet.com writer Pete Samberg, the Lean and Mean in 15 program helps the busiest workout wannabes achieve narcissism-inducing results with compressed 15-minute workouts. Samberg's Metashock system—a combination of high-intensity circuit and strength exercises—is performed at a brisk pace to combine the aerobic workout of biking with the strength training of ham-tossing. Aspiring Adonises receive five new 15-minute online workout videos each week, and all workouts require little more than an exercise ball and dumbbells. Samberg also provides a nutrition plan that tells you what and how much to eat in order to lose weight and body fat. The introductory personal training session at One on One Fit Studio included in the second option will give you personal attention to help you get started on your fitness goals.
Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.
Minor league affiliates of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, the Falcons will be defending their icy fortress within the MassMutual Center as they look to vanquish their AHL foes with a barrage of slap shots and bone-rattling checks. Seasoned coach Rob Riley has his team primed on the ins and outs of goal blasting, frozen fisticuffs, and fine dining etiquette, so be prepared for an exciting contest of competitive stick wielding. With the Devils in their sights, the Falcons hope to pull together a late-season run of solid play and Jeopardy wins to close out their year.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Stan Baker draws from extensive experience in Eastern healing methods to adeptly perform numerous Eastern-medicine modalities. Baker's acupuncture and bodywork sessions help to stimulate the body's vital energy channels, working to alleviate such medical ailments as migraines and musculoskeletal pain. A Sun Do mountain yoga instructor with a black belt in aikido, Baker bolsters his understanding of the East by attending weekly chen-tai-chi classes and boycotting three out of four cardinal directions.