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Sturtevant, WI — Today, Evinrude announced they will be the 2019 sponsor of the Racine Zoo’s penguin exhibit and Li’l Explorers program. The zoo’s Li’l Explorers program is an initiative dedicated to enriching children’s education about the outdoors. In total, Evinrude is investing $10,000 to the community through the Racine Zoo so far this year.

Evinrude, headquartered in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, has been an active community supporter in Southeastern Wisconsin since it was founded by Ole Evinrude in 1909. Now, 110 years later, Evinrude continues to maintain its commitment to the community by investing in local and national organizations through donations and by providing volunteer opportunities to its employees.

“Evinrude is thrilled to support the Li’l Explorer program for the second consecutive year and we’re excited to expand our partnership with the Racine Zoo as the penguin exhibit sponsor,” said Tracy Crocker, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Evinrude. “At Evinrude, environmental responsibility is in our blood and integrated into our engines. That is why we are committed to investing in our community and supporting education that helps nurture the next generation’s appreciation for the outdoors.”

Li’l Explorers, launched in 2017, is an affordable preschool education program offering hands-on educational activities, stories, music, and interaction with live animals to create an innovative program unlike any other preschool program in Racine. Through Li’l Explorers, children in the community are taught to care for and empathize with animals, that they will carry throughout their lives.

“The Racine Zoo is grateful to Evinrude for their continued support of our community programs and wildlife exhibits,” said Elizabeth Heidorn, Executive Director, Racine Zoo.Evinrude’s latest investment will help the Racine Zoo offer more Li’l Explorers classes and events to keep up with the demand and popularity of the program. Their sponsorship of the penguin exhibit will provide additional resources for upkeep and care for the exhibit and its occupants. Through our partnership, Evinrude continues to better the Racine community and demonstrates their allegiance to the outdoors.”

For more information or to register for the Li’l Explorers program, visit