The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore hosted USM Goes Wild for the University System of Maryland on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
This event was designed for alumni, students and friends of University System of Maryland Institutions to be able to visit the Maryland Zoo after hours for $5 each.
“We created this event for students, alumni, family and friends to have a chance to connect with each other during a fun afternoon at the Maryland Zoo,” said Olivia Orth, Alumni Relations and Social Media Coordinator at Towson University. “We wanted to do something different while creating a memorable evening for everyone.”
Twelve institutions are connected through the University System of Maryland, including Bowie State University, Coppin State, Frostburg State, Towson University, Salisbury University, University of Baltimore and University of Maryland. Each university held an individual booth at the event where students could check in and receive name tags, t-shirts, and other gifts with their university logo.
“The first 50 students from each university got a free ‘USM Goes Wild’ t-shirt, and we had so many extras that we eventually offered them to all students,” said Zoe Sparer, Towson University student volunteer. “It was really fun to surprise the students with free shirts when they weren’t expecting them. Everyone was really grateful.”
The zoo offered discounted beer and burgers for students at $5 and free train and carousel rides to all USM students all evening.
“I was incredibly excited to get tickets to the USM Goes Wild event. I’ve been wanting to go to the zoo for a long time, but between tickets and food, it’s just too expensive on a college student budget,” said Malvika Parishaar, Towson University student. “It was an amazing opportunity to be able to visit the zoo with all my friends for under $20. I can’t wait for the next event.”
There Maryland Zoo offers many attractions, including Penguin Coast, the African penguin exhibit, which houses over 70 penguins, Polar Bear Watch, Maryland Wilderness featuring the Children’s Zoo, and the African Journey.
The Zoo’s animal collection encompasses more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species.
“This was a unique experience for students and faculty to visit the zoo during its ‘after hours’,” said Alyssa King, a volunteer at the Maryland Zoo. “I find that the animals are more social as it gets later in the evening, so hopefully everyone was able to take advantage of seeing them awake and lively.”
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on upcoming events at Towson University, visit https://events.towson.edu.