Thursday, January 02, 2014

Shoe The Zoo

2014 Dates: January 11, January 25 & February 9

The First Annual "Shoe the Zoo" sponsored by Fontana Sports Specialties

Come out and support your Henry Vilas Zoo, and its Arctic Passage Project and take a walk on the wild side with Fontana Sports! Join us for fun in the snow with a one hour introductory lesson in the fast-growing sport of snowshoeing. Madison, Wisconsin’s Vilas Park will be the site for a series of three introductory lesson sessions which will take place on Saturday, January 11, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, February 9, 2014.

This is the first year for Fontana Sports “Shoe the Zoo” event, which will raise funds for the Henry Vilas Zoo’s state-of-the-art Arctic Passage Exhibit. The exhibit, which will bring the bears back to Madison, will be home to polar bears, grizzly bears, and seals. The Arctic Passage is expected to open in late Spring of 2015, and it will give all zoo guests the opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures. “Shoe the Zoo”, hosted by Fontana Sports, is all about having a great time while engaging in a fast-growing, simple-to-learn snow sport.

“If you can walk, you can snowshoe. It’s easy, fun and a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise during the winter months,” says Elizabeth Hutchinson, event organizer and Operation Manager of local outdoor store, Fontana Sports. “The gear required is minimal: comfortable, warm outerwear, boots and snowshoes … and you’re off!”

“Friends of the Henry Vilas Zoo, and the Henry Vilas Zoo are so excited to be the beneficiaries of Shoe the Zoo. We thank Fontana Sports for their efforts to Bring the Bears Back to Madison,” says Alison Prange, Executive Director of Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo.

Fontana Sports is donating fifty percent of the $20 lesson to the Henry Vilas Zoo. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

Fontana Sports “Shoe the Zoo” details:
Location: Vilas Park, 702 S. Randall Ave., Madison, WI 53715 (next to the Zoo)
Dates: Saturday, January 11, Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, February 9
Time: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm lessons

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About the Henry Vilas Zoo
The Friends of the Zoo’s purpose is to build community support and provide funding for Henry Vilas Zoo improvements. This includes the acquisition, conservation, and replacement of animals; refurbishing and creating new exhibits; supporting educational programs; and improving the overall educational and recreational value of the zoo.

About Fontana Sports Specialties
Fontana Sports Specialties is a locally owned specialty outdoor retailer with over six decades of experience in the Midwest. Along with its online shop,, Fontana Sports provides quality outdoor apparel and gear for a host of activities including camping, hiking, traveling, water sports (kayaks and SUP’s), fly fishing, snorkeling, rock climbing, trail running, skiing (both alpine and Nordic), snowboarding and snowshoeing. Fontana Sports is committed to making a positive impact on the environment. For this reason, it uses outdoor retail as a platform to encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship. Fontana Sports has two locations, 216 N. Henry Street, 53703 and 231 Junction Road, 53717 both located in Madison, WI.


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