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The 2022 “Hit the Trails” 5K Run 3K Walk organized by the Howard Suamico Optimist Club, was held this past September. The aim of this event was to raise money for NEW Zoo youth programs.

On November 8, 2022, a check in the amount of $1,000 was presented to interim Zoo Director, Carmen Murach. Carmen indicated the funds will be used to restock the children programs’ supply cabinets with books, handouts, creative art items, and teaching aids.

This year, there were over 100 participants who turned out to run through the beautiful Brown County Reforestation trail system. Preceding the adults’ event, a ‘CupCake Run’ was held for kids 5 and under. There trail took them around the duck pond andplayground areas. There were over 40 volunteers involved in the fundraiser including Suamico Fire Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Department, County Rescue EMT Services, and the Reach-a-Child organization.

The 2023 “Hit the Trails” event will be held again at the Brown County Reforestation Camp and the registration web site is open. Sponsorships are always welcome, and donations can be made on the website as well. Follow this link for more information.

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