Friends of the Palo Alto
Junior Museum & Zoo
Quarterly eNewsletter 
Volunteer at the JMZ
How many people visit the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo? We need volunteers to help us count them.

Beginning in May 2016, the JMZ is undertaking a year-long project to count visitors a few days a month. We are currently recruiting volunteers who enjoy working with families and children to help us.

How to Sign Up:
Contact Kathleen Schlierat at for more information. She will provide details, dates and times that are available. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Seniors are specially welcome!

Junior Museum & Zoo Science Camps!

Send your kids to science camp this summer at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo for learning, fun and friendship!

Kids ages 3-5 can sign up for half-day camps  introducing them to a variety of science topics, while kids ages 6-12 can sign-up for full-day camps exploring  chemistry, physics, zoology, oceanography, geology, biology and ecology.

Camps are facilitated by experienced science educators, and adult-to-child ratios are low (1:5). For more information and to register, visit  Download the Summer Camp & Aquatics guide and visit page 46 to view Junior Museum & Zoo camps.

Registration starts March 14 th for Palo Alto residents and March 21 st for non-residents.

Upcoming Event

It's a Launch Party! 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Launch tennis balls into the air while launching your ideas for building a new JMZ!
  • Play, discover and spark curiosity as you preview and test the expanded Kid-Power Machine.
  • Build a ball ramp while you generate exhibit ideas for a two-story ball machine in the new JMZ.
  • Take behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and zoo and learn about the plans to build a new JMZ. How will you be involved?
This is a Club JMZ member-only event.  Join or renew online or at the event. 

Sweetheart Awards

Three Junior Museum & Zoo staff members have been identified as community 'Sweethearts'! In February, Ines Thiessen, Trudi Wallick, and Heather Schultz were given Sweetheart Awards from the Palo Alto Committee of SEPA 1 CAC & the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.
Meng Lan Siew and her son, Lukas, say that Ines and Trudi are "wonderful ladies who include Lukas in everything whenever they visit the Junior Museum & Zoo." When they get ready for a trip to the JMZ, Lukas always insists that he "packs snacks for Ms. Ines and Ms. Trudi just in case they are hungry."
Of science educator Heather Schultz, Meng and Lukas say that Heather is "an AWESOME science teacher" who makes "science so much FUN!"
Congratulations to Ines, Trudi and Heather for this much deserved award!

Building a New Junior Museum & Zoo

The Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo Board of Directors is grateful for the more than 80 individuals, corporations and foundations that have invested in the JMZ Initiative, the campaign to rebuild the JMZ. Each dollar raised is matched by $1.50 by the Peery Foundation.

As we close in on the remaining $3 million to be raised to meet the Peery Foundation match, the project becomes ever more real. Detailed work on the building design is underway as well as development of special exhibits and expanded educational opportunities. Please join us for It's a Launch Party! on March 23rd and help us plan and re-imagine the Junior Museum & Zoo.
We welcome new Advisory Council member, Leannah Hunt, and we thank recent donors, including the David & Cheryl Duffield Family and the  Peter & Kristan Norvig Family.

We are grateful to all donors who have given to the Friends of JMZ and the JMZ Initiative. Your donation - whatever size - really makes a difference.

Annual Fund Donors
Anonymous (2)
Friends' Board of Directors
Annette & Gary Fazzino Fund
Donna Bohling & Doug Kalish
Jennifer Burkham & Jason Krikorian
Fran Family Foundation
Glista & Tim Guilford/ Your Energy Systems
Blythe Jack & Bob Rider
Jake & Robin Reynolds Fund
Madeline & Isaac Stein Family Fund
Michele & Bjorn Liencres
Marnie & Karol Marcin
Satomi Okazaki & Shirish Altekar
Olander Family Foundation
Meredith & David Pfeffer
William Reller
Susan Rosenberg
Walton Family Foundation

Science Outreach Program & Other Program Donors
Anonymous (2)
Annette Bialson & Gary Sharron
Boston Private Bank 
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation
Shirley Ely
KC Family Foundation
Koret Foundation
The Ludwick Family Foundation
Robert McKeown
Palo Alto Community Fund 
Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund
Pearlstein Family Foundation
Penner Family, Walton Family Foundation
Rathmann Family Foundation
Elizabeth & Mark Schar
Chris Skarakis
Santa Clara County
Wave2Wave Foundation
Weist Charitable Fund
Jianming Wu & Wenchen Luo
Yellow Chair Foundation

JMZ Initiative Donors
Anonymous (3)
Friends of the JMZ Board of Directors
Jennifer Bienaime
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation
William V. Campbell
Christensen Family
The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Fund
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
The Elkes Foundation
Yoav Gilat & Cannonball Wines
The Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation
Frank & Trinity Klein/Asian Box
The Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation
Elaine & Eric Hahn
Susie Hwang & Matt Glickman
John & Allison Marston Danner Fund
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
KC Family Foundation
Annette & Chop Keenan
Keith & Mariela Kleiner Charitable Fund
Koch Family Fund
LaureL Foundation
Ludwick Family Foundation
Dr. Ernie Mario
Lynn & David Mitchell
The Morgan Family Foundation
Peery Foundation
Peter & Kristan Norvig Family Fund
The Ranzetta Family/Innovate Foundation
The Rathmann Family Foundation
William Reller
Sarah & Greg Sands
Sereno Properties Palo Alto
Madeline & Isaac Stein
Ann & Don Vermeil
Mara & Rick Wallace
Michele & Ted Wang
William H. Draper III & Phyllis C. Draper Fund
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Yellow Chair Foundation

Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 326-6338,