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From left are education curator Jennifer Shields and director Phil Frost, of BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo; Kevin Dreher, of Entergy Corp.; and Randy Haddad, director of development for the Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo.

The Project ARK: Animals Reaching Kids program for East Baton Rouge Parish students in first through fifth grades will be presented free through the 2019-20 school year through an Entergy sponsorship of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

Project ARK focuses on STEM education. The program offers off-site services to schools with hands-on encounters with education animal ambassadors and interactive programming that complements the existing science curriculum. Options of themes include: Web of Life, Native Neighbors or Creatures Have Class. The program takes place in November, December, January and February, according to a news release.