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Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."

The Minnesota Zoo is hoping people get out and enjoy the fall with several new activities aimed at supporting the zoo. 

The Apple Valley zoo, which has named this colder fall "Fall Freezin' Season," is encouraging people to embrace nature and animals. 

"Whether you’re looking to celebrate with costumes, pumpkins, or just looking for an excuse to break away from the computer – the Zoo has you covered," a news release says. 

Among the upcomig Fall Freezin' Season activities:

  • A Halloween costume contest through Nov. 1 in which kids and adults can wear their costumes to the zoo and post pictures tagging the zoo and using the hashtag #HallZOOweenMNZoo. Those who do will be entered to win a Minnesota Zoo gift basket.  
  • "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day" on Nov. 14. The zoo is trying to get people to turn off their screens and head to the zoo. To do this, the zoo is offering a toolkit on social media that includes a note from a zookeeper to excuse people from work and "Zoom dummies" (images of animals people can use as stand-ins for when they're away from their computer at the zoo).
  • A pumpkin scavenger hunt. Now through Nov. 22, zoogoers are encouraged to find all the pumpkin art pieces hidden around the zoo. And from Friday-Sunday this weekend, the first 10 guests per hour to find the pumpkins will get a gift. 

Tickets to the zoo can be reserved on the zoo's website here

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