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Posted on: December 27, 2022

Cape May County to Expand Zoo Education Through Atlantic Cape Partnership

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ -- Cape May County Government and Atlantic Cape Community College (Atlantic Cape) have authorized an agreement that will allow the Cape May County Zoo to expand their educational programs onto the Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus. The partnership was formally agreed to at the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 13. 

This will allow for all Zoo programming and classes, including the popular Zoo Camp to be held at the college campus. This unique partnership gives the County’s Zoo Education Department modern, state of the art resources to bring the message of Conservation, Biology, and Zoology to residents and visitors alike. This will help the Education Department to expand their services to the community and give the opportunity to reach a larger audience with classes and programming.   

“We are excited to have this facility available to expand our education programs,” said Cape May County Commissioner E. Marie Hayes, liaison to the Cape May County Park and Zoo. “I am a proud graduate of Atlantic Cape and am thrilled our Zoo Education Department can provide new opportunities to the residents, visitors and students of our County.”

This marks another example of collaboration between Cape May County and Atlantic Cape in taking steps to match the needs of the community, and specifically at the Cape May County campus. The College recently added two additional programs to the Cape May County Campus. The first is an expanded nursing programthat will put classes in the evening and allow students the ability tobecome a Registered Nurse close to home. The second isaculinary certificate program. Enrolled students are eligible for scholarships.

“By way of this partnership and lease agreement, Atlantic Cape is excited to potentially expand curriculum offerings for the betterment of our students and the residents of Cape May County,” said Dr. Gaba, President of Atlantic Cape. “With the Zoo being just across the street, Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus is the ideal location for a biological/zoological higher education program and we welcome the opportunity.”

While the short-term goal is to relocate the County’s Zoo Education Department from the County Zoo to Atlantic Cape, long-term, the County and Atlantic Cape will be working to develop new higher education offerings and curriculum at the Cape May County campus with a Biological/Zoological concentration.  

“This is a terrific partnership with our County’s Community College,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “They have done a great job building out new programs to fit the needs of today. This new partnership will continue to provide additional resources for our visitors and opportunities for our residents.”

To support the relocation, minor construction upfitting is to begin early next year, with the goal of holding the County’s coveted ‘Zoo Camp’ at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus for Summer 2023. 

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