Cookies and Blossoms to be Held at New Williams Bear Habitat Feb. 24

Feb. 17, 2006

Nibble on homemade cookies and sip lemonade while visiting Baylor's new home for its live mascots during Cookies and Blossoms, the monthly event that introduces faculty, staff and students to the outdoor beauty spots on campus. The February event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat Complex.

The natural environment for mascots Joy and Lady features a waterfall, pools, caves, deadfall trees and digging areas. Visitors also can enjoy the educational cabana with information about black bears. Enhanced viewing areas provide an up-close look at Joy and Lady in their new habitat. The habitat is the most visited site on campus.

Bill and Eva Williams provided the lead gift for the habitat, which was dedicated during the 2005 Homecoming festivities. More than 350 donors funded the entire complex and raised more than $1.5 million with more than $200,000 of that in excess of the original goal. The surplus funds have gone into an endowment, which will pay for maintenance of the new complex and any additional care for the mascots.

Cookies and Blossoms, which is sponsored by facility services, takes place the last Friday of each month and is open to all Baylor faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 710-1361.

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