By Angelina Jahn
Looking to experience the city this summer? The Go See GR Program has you covered.
Grand Rapids Community College students and employees are granted free general admission to the following places in Grand Rapids through the Go See GR Program: The Urban Institute For Contemporary Art, John Ball Zoo, The Children’s Museum (including 2 guests free), The Grand Rapids Public Museum and The Gerald R. Ford Museum.
In order to receive free admittance, students and employees must present their Raider Card and their GoSeeGR Voucher. Vouchers are available for pickup in the Student Life Office, located in room 02 of the Student Center Building.
“GoSeeGR! was developed to reduce the financial barriers for students to visit local museums and the zoo and to encourage students to engage with the Grand Rapids community,” Lina Blair, director of Student Life and Conduct stated in an email to The Collegiate. “It’s funded by the Student Activity Fee.” The Student Activity Fee is charged per semester and is included in the cost of student tuition.
With the weather heating up, now is a perfect time to walk through John Ball Zoo. In addition to the approximately 2,000 individual animals the zoo houses, John Ball has recently welcomed two snowy owls: a male named Zenon and a female named Khione. Both owls were brought to the zoo from raptor rehabilitation centers due to injuries they suffered in the wild. Zenon has an injured shoulder, while Khione has an injured wing. This renders them both unable to fly, which would be necessary to their survival in the wild. John Ball Zoo has built them a shady habitat among the trees, located in the Upper Forest Realm of the zoo.
Students who want to experience these fun venues can pick up a voucher from Student Life and Go See GR!