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Finnup Center for Conservation Education


"In the end we will conserve only what we love.

We will love only what we understand.

We will understand only what we are taught." 
Baba Dioum, African Ecologist


Finnup Center for Conservation EducationThe Finnup Center for Conservation Education (FCCE) is home to the Lee Richardson Zoo's Education Division which provides environmental and conservation education programs to over 35,000 people annually.  Organizations and educators from Western Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas travel to the zoo to participate in Child with interactive displayunique and interactive animal programs.  Whether students are learning about math, geography, science, communications or other subjects, animals are a wonderful way to make their studies fun, engaging and relevant.  Animal exhibits and interactive graphics featuring microscopes, magnifying glasses, computers and more fill the halls of the Finnup Center, encouraging children and adults of all ages to get "hands on"!


Children at Kansas exhibitsThe Finnup Center is also home to the zoo's Administrative offices and the Friends of the Lee Richardson Zoo, a non-profit organization that raises funds for zoo improvements.  The FCCE features two classrooms, a distance learning studio from which our staff broadcasts conservation education programs across the country and beyond, and two meeting rooms which are available for public use.  

Mother and daughter at black footed ferret exhibit.
The Finnup Center opened in 1996 and was expanded in 2010 to accomodate an ever increasing demand for our educational programming and beautiful meeting facilities.  The original building was made possible by a gift from the Finnup Foundation Trust and is operated by the City of Garden City

FCCE EntranceThe Finnup Center, located at 312 Finnup Drive, is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, except holidays. To schedule an educational adventure or to inquire about renting one of our meeting rooms, please contact our office at (620) 276-1250, fax (620) 276-1259, e-mail zoo.department@gardencityks.us or send regular mail to 312 E. Finnup Drive, Garden City, Kansas 67846.