The Squirrel Obstacle Course at the San Diego Zoo has become the first zoo in the U.S. to offer an obstacle course and mini golf course to children ages 3 to 8.
The obstacle course is the brainchild of San Diego-based company Rolf & Co. Rolf’s founder, Dr. Jodi Miller, who has been a long-time animal care professional, told NBC News that the new course is an homage to her own childhood.
She said the course is about “creating a place for children to come play and explore.”
Miller said the challenge for the children involved in the project is to make the course fun for them to learn.
The course includes six play areas, each of which is separated by a slide.
There is also a play area on the front of the enclosure that allows children to explore the terrain and get some distance from the other areas, she said.
“I think it’s very rewarding for kids to see themselves in a game, and then they have the challenge of building a course with a lot of play, and making it fun for the kids to do that,” Miller said.
The Squirrel Obstacles Course is also the first obstacle course in the country to include a mini golf area.
It’s called the PPG course.
Miller said it will also be the first place for young kids to go to learn about squirrels, and she said it’s one of the most popular areas at the zoo.
“We had a really good response from our kids about playing with the squirrels,” Miller told NBC.
“The kids loved it.
It was very exciting to see them play it with the little guys.
They loved it.”
Miller said the squirrel obstacle courses at the zoos are very popular and they’re one of their most popular courses, but she’s hoping the course can be expanded to include more activities.
She added that she hopes the new Squirrel Obstables course will encourage other zoos to create similar courses.
“It’s really exciting to have an obstacle that kids can play, play on, and see other kids doing that.
It creates that kind of camaraderie in the animal world,” Miller added.
Miller said there is already a lot going on at the Zoo, from the annual “Shelter of the Stars” event, which is designed to attract thousands of children, to the annual Zoo of the Year, which celebrates the best in animal care, to a new exhibit of squirrels.
Miller hopes to create something similar for the Squirrel Obstrell course.