Clarke's Listening Walk at the Zoo

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA
A full-day event

Listing Walk Logo

Clarke’s Listening Walk at the Zoo is presented by Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech—where children who are deaf or hard of hearing learn to listen and talk. The event, on Saturday, June 17, 2017, will raise awareness and support for Clarke and help ensure that more children and families than ever before, have access to our exceptional services and programs.

For Families:

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing will use their listening skills to discover new sounds throughout the Zoo, like the honk of a flamingo or the squeak of a bat. Each child will have a Listening Walk Passport to keep track of the Listening Walk Stops s/he has visited. Families and community groups will form teams and compete to raise funds for Clarke. (Please note that this is not limited to Clarke students—ALL children registered for this event are welcome to join in the Listening Stop fun!)

The event will include:
  • A scavenger hunt through the Zoo during which children will seek and listen for animal and ambient sounds
  • Lunch and an awards program
  • Resource tables and games
  • Full-day access to the Zoo for all participants
  • An event t-shirt and Listening Walk Passport for all participants
Schedule for the day:
  • 8:45 am: Check-in Opens
  • 9:30 am: Awards Program
  • 10:00 am: The Listening Walk begins (Zoo Opens)
  • 11:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch

Families can stay and enjoy full-day admission to the Zoo, until closing at 5:00 pm.

For Sponsors:

Clarke's Listening Walk at the Zoo is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to support an event and an organization that provides high-quality education for children and is focused on giving them the tools they need for lifelong success. Clarke is pleased to offer a wide array of sponsorship opportunities, each providing high visibility and the potential to reach an audience of approximately 500 individual event guests.

Some exciting options for sponsorship include:
  • Passport Sponsor... will enable all Listening Walk participants, both children and adults, to receive a Passport in which to record their journey through the zoo
  • Lunch Sponsor... will provide a catered lunch for all Listening Walk participants
  • Backpack Sponsor... will provide an event-specific backpack to all Listening Walk participants
  • Public Awareness Sponsor... will enable Clarke to promote the Listening Walk and the benefits of Listening and Spoken Language education

For more information on the full menu of sponsorship opportunities download the sponsorship packet (pdf) or contact Jennifer Whelen at 781.821.3499 ext 2226 or email