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John Ball Zoo’s mission is to inspire the community to actively engage in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. We know that you’re passionate about bringing the community together in new and engaging ways, that’s why we are looking to form mutually beneficial partnerships that make a lasting impact.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

2024 GRAND RAPIDS LANTERN FESTIVAL

10 Weeks | 120,000+ Guests | April 10-June 16

A one-of-a-kind experience and the first and only place you can see these incredible works of art in Michigan! 

  • Presenting Sponsor: $50,000
  • Entertainment Sponsor: $20,000
  • Interactive Sponsor: $15,000
  • Section Sponsor: $10,000
  • Major Element Sponsor: $5,000
  • Individual Lantern Sponsor: $2,500
 *Tickets coming soon.

RENDEZOO 2024: ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT

Friday, June 14, 2024

RendeZoo 2024: Illuminate the Night will light up the Zoo on Friday, June 14th, 2024! For 34 years, thousands of proud sponsors and donors have joined us for John Ball Zoo’s biggest fundraiser of the year and the wildest party in town. 

  • North Star Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 – SOLD 
  • Guiding Light Sponsor: $15,000
  • Luminary Sponsor: $10,000
  • Brilliance Sponsor: $5,000
  • Lantern Sponsor: $2,500

ZOO PROGRAMS

Saving Wildlife and Wild Places
EDUCATION

Sponsor John Ball Zoo educational programs and directly contribute to the successful futures of thousands of children throughout West Michigan.

CONSERVATION

Help fund John Ball Zoo’s conservation work that plays a pivotal role in preserving endangered species and their habitats in West Michigan and around the world. 

  • Guardian Sponsor: $25,000+
  • Ambassador Sponsor: $15,000
  • Champion Sponsor: $10,000
  • Protector Sponsor: $7,500
  • Advocate Sponsor: $5,000
  • Steward Sponsor: $2,500

ROCK ROAR & POUR

June - October 2024

Spend your summer nights at John Ball Zoo’s 21+ concert series, Rock, Roar & Pour! Guests can stroll through the Zoo to see animal activities, while enjoying live music, craft beer and wines, specialty food, and no kids! Each Rock, Roar & Pour night will feature a different live band as well as keeper chats, street performers, and games.

  • Company logo listed as Series Sponsor 
  • Recognition in all event marketing materials 
  • Logo featured in all printed and digital marketing assets
  • Logo listed in event program and maps
  • Company logo sign placed by entertainment stage 
  • Logo featured on John Ball Zoo website 
  • Logo listed in event program and maps
  • Company logo placed on map and program for the Rock, Roar & Pour Night of your choice*

*Subject to available options at the time of commitment.

WILDLIFE EXPLORATION DAYS

April - September 2024

Welcome to Wildlife Exploration Days at John Ball Zoo, where adventure and discovery come together for an unforgettable experience! Each Day features live animals, entertainment, and zookeeper chats with an educational focus.

Party for the Planet | Saturday, April 20th 
Michigan Wildlife Day | Saturday, May 25th
World Ocean Day | Saturday, June 8th
World Chimp Day | Saturday, July 11th 
World Lion Day | Saturday, August 10th 
Monarch Day | Saturday, September 14th

  • Company logo listed as Series Sponsor 
  • Recognition in all event marketing materials 
  • Logo featured in all printed and digital marketing assets
  • Logo listed in event program and maps
  • Company logo sign placed by entertainment stage 
  • Logo featured on John Ball Zoo website 
  • Logo listed in event program and map
  • Company logo placed on map and program for the Wildlife Exploration Day of your choice*

*Subject to available options at the time of commitment.

DINO ADVENTURE: EXPLORE JURASSIC FOREST

July 15 - November 10, 2024

Step back in time to explore the fascinating legacy of dinosaurs at Dino Adventures: Explore the Jurassic Forest. John Ball Zoo will be transformed with life size dinosaur replicas that move and make noise. Through these interactive exhibits and exciting activities, guests will celebrate the biodiversity of the wild and gain a deeper understanding about the significance of conservation.

  • Company logo listed as Presenting Sponsor 
  • Recognition in all event marketing materials 
  • Logo featured in all printed and digital marketing assets
  • Logo listed in event program and maps
  • Company logo sign placed by entertainment stage 
  • Logo featured on John Ball Zoo website 
  • Logo listed in event program and map
  • Company logo placed near the dinosaur of your choice*

*Subject to available options at the time of commitment.

Thank you for
SUPPORTING JOHN BALL ZOO

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Great Lakes Rare Turtles

Great Lakes Conservation
About

Turtles are in trouble around the world and locally. The Great Lakes Rare Turtle Program addresses on threats that are existential and widespread for Blanding’s, Spotted, Wood, and Box Turtles. The John Ball Zoo is working wth partners to study head starting as a conservation tool, protecting nesting habitat for Wood Turtles from raccoons, and researching the distribution and status of Spotted Turtles in Southwest Michigan. The zoo partners with local community scientists to indentify road crossings that pose a threat to Blanding’s and other species of turtles.

Partners

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Habitat

Grassland, Wetlands (inland)

Threat Range

Critically Endangered

Region

Extant (resident) - Canada (Manitoba); United States (Wisconsin, Michigan), Possibly Extinct - United States (South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa), Extinct - United States (Indiana, Illinois)

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Mitchell's Satyr

Great Lakes Conservation
About

The prairie fens of southern Michigan are a stronghold for the Endangered Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly. We are working with Michigan State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center to develp to propagate this rare butterfly. Offspring reared in the program may be used to supplement wild Mitchell’s Satyr populations.

Partners

Freshwater Mussels

Great Lakes Conservation
About

Freshwater Mussels are one of the most fastenating groups of animals. Unfortunately they are also one of the most imperiled groups on animals with more than 70% of North American species listed as Threatened or Endangered. Our own Grand River is home to an impressive 32 different species, 19 of which are listed. The John Ball Zoo is working with scientists at Grand Valley State University to evaluate Grand River Mussel populations. During the 2023 field season, the team documented over 1,000 individuals from 27 different species. This includes the Endangered Snuffbox Mussel.

Partners

Habitat Hero

Community Science
About

The Habitat Hero program is focused on creating better urban pollinator habitat by giving away native plants to west Michigan community members. By giving away native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, we are inviting community members to provide crucial nectar sources for pollinators as well as become more involved in pollinator conservation in their own yards and gardens.

Partners

Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

Community Science
About

American Kestrels are one of North America’s most abundant raptors, but their populations have been steadily declining since the mid 1960’s. This year we have begun participating in the American Kestrel Partnership, run by the Peregrine Fund, to monitor local kestrel nest boxes and help better understand Kestrel population trends and biology.

Partners

Grand River Sucker Monitoring

Community Science
About

Suckers are a very important, and often overlooked, group of migratory fish that inhabit the Grand River. Every spring they migrate upriver from Lake Michigan to spawn in tributaries of the Grand River. We are joining a project started by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to determine how changes in temperature and flow of the streams impact the spawning behavior of the suckers.

Partners

Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

Community Science
About

One of the major threats to turtle populations is mortality associated with roads and vehicles. We have a team of trained volunteers who survey predetermined road crossing sites and report the number of turtles they find at these locations. We plan to use the data to assist in conservation decision-making regarding roads and turtles in west Michigan.

Partners

Michigan Butterfly Network

Community Science
About

As part of our pollinator conservation work, we want to understand how native butterfly populations are changing over time. By training community members to use the Michigan Butterfly Network monitoring protocol, we are offering passionate people the opportunity to help contribute to our understanding of butterfly populations in west Michigan.

Partners

Bat Surveys

Community Science
About

West Michigan is home to several species of rare and threatened species of bats. This summer we will have a group of volunteers collecting bat occurrence data by driving predetermined routes and using special recorders and software to identify bat species. The data will be submitted to the North American Bat Monitoring Project as part of their ongoing analysis of bat abundance and occupancy across North America.

Partners

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Great Lakes Conservation
About

The Massasauga is Michigan’s only venomous snake and plays an important role in the ecosystem. Unfortunately, these snakes are declining in numbers and are listed as Threatened. The John Ball Zoo helps to educate the public on the plight of the Massasauga and helps conservation biologists study them in the field. Currently, we are assisting Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Grand Valley State University, and Sarett Nature Center develop new technologies to monitor this secretive snake species.

Partners

City Nature Challenge

Community Science
About

The City Nature Challenge is one of the world’s largest annual community science events. Started by iNaturalist in 2016 as a friendly competition between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, this bioblitz has grown into a global phenomenon with over 500 cities participating. Taking place over the last weekend in April each year, the City Nature Challenge is all about getting outside and documenting the biodiversity in and around our communities while building and strengthening relationships with other people who are passionate about conserving local species. The West Michigan City Nature Challenge is Michigan’s only City Nature Challenge event, and encompasses Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa Counties. We are excited to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many other local organizations to engage our communities in four days of exploring our biodiverse outdoor spaces.

Partners

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Freshwater Mussels

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Habitat Hero

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Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

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Grand River Sucker Monitoring

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Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

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Michigan Butterfly Network

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Bat Surveys

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City Nature Challenge

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