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Between River and Rim: Hiking Across the Grand Canyon
February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation (ACNC) and Phoenix Zoo is set to debut its new Wild Side Gallery by welcoming the renowned National Geographic exhibit in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Trust, Between River and Rim: Hiking Across the Grand Canyon. On Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Pete McBride, photographer and filmmaker along with Kevin Fedarko, author of the Emerald Mile, will share their journey of nearly 800 trail-less miles through the heart of the Grand Canyon.
Their presentation was featured in National Geographic magazine as well as a national tour of the National Geographic LIVE series. McBride and Fedarko will highlight the beauty of the Canyon and the threats they discovered along the way.
The ticketed event will begin at 5 p.m. with a presentation in the Zoo’s Doornbos Wildlife Amphitheater and book signings to follow at the Wild Side Gallery, featuring Pete McBride’s stunning photography exhibit from the adventure. There will also be a ribbon cutting celebration related to the opening of the Gallery. Tickets to this exclusive evening event may be purchased for $50 here.
The Zoo is renovating its 1970s Activity Center into a visionary new venue, the Wild Side Gallery. A classic building originally designed by famed Valley architect William Cartmell, the Wild Side Gallery honors a mid-century modern style and will showcase artwork in over 2,400 square feet of climate-controlled space. The new space will also serve as the Zoo’s first dedicated venue to the rotating exhibits of Art on the Wild Side, a program focused on inspiration, celebration and conservation through art. The Zoo currently exhibits artwork in the Savanna Gallery/Grill and will continue to do so.
Entry to the Wild Side Gallery will be included with general daytime admission or Zoo membership starting February. The Gallery is located just inside the Zoo’s main entrance within the Arizona Trail and will be open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More hours will be added in time.
The transformation of the building is just the first phase of the project as there are plans to restore the original north façade of the building after decades old add-ons were built.
For more information, visit www.phoenixzoo.org.