Zoological Society of Milwaukee
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Festive Display of Handcrafted Ornaments in the Fantastic Forest

The ornaments are decorated by 63 Milwaukee-area youth groups.

By - Nov 28th, 2016 09:36 am
Festive Display of Handcrafted Ornaments in the Fantastic Forest. Photo courtesy of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

Festive Display of Handcrafted Ornaments in the Fantastic Forest. Photo courtesy of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

During this holiday season at the Milwaukee County Zoo, you’ll get to see many festive handcrafted ornaments featuring many different – and colorful – animals. The ornaments are decorated by 63 Milwaukee-area youth groups who participate in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Trim-a-Tree project. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 inside of the U.S. Bank Gathering Place, children will be covering the several evergreen trees donated by Hawks Landscape with their ornaments. This year’s theme of color is the same as last year’s and that’s because it’s a personal favorite. Garland, tree toppers and tree skirts can also be created. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 29, venture into the Fantastic Forest in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place to admire the artistry on the brightly-lit trees.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the Fantastic Forest to the Milwaukee County Zoo and grateful to the support from Hawks Landscape,” says Robin Higgins, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Membership. “The trees smell wonderful and the community groups, scout packs and troops bring a uniqueness to each tree in their thoughtful decorations. People need to spend some time looking at each tree to appreciate the hard work that went into making each decoration.”

If you’re looking for extra holiday magic, make sure to visit the zookeeper-hosted Giving Tree that will be decorated with ornaments of suggested enrichment items that you can purchase for the animals at the Zoo. To donate to the Giving Tree, call 414-256-5466.

About the Zoological Society: The mission of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee is to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

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