KIDS GO WILD!

 

Kids Go Wild is a multi-week, hands-on educational outreach program that brings ambassador animals, artifacts, and other educational materials to schools, community centers, and other locations. This unique program features at least one cross-hatched science and literacy activity or lesson as well as a variety of animal ambassadors and artifacts. Participants keep a journal throughout the Kids Go Wild program, answering follow-up and critical thinking questions regarding the lesson. These journals are reviewed by program staff at the conclusion of the program to gauge success and expected outcomes.

All programs have a maximum capacity of 25 participants.
(Programs exceeding 25 participants will incur a fee of $5 per additional participant)

 

Herbivores, Omnivores, and Carnivores
1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program

An education staff member will provide various bags containing a series of skulls from different animals to discuss the differences between herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. Participants will be able to touch and interact with the skulls. Presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors. 

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12. If you book this program, please make sure to keep the contents of the bags a secret!

 

The Food Web
1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program

An education staff member will lead an interactive activity and discussion that relates to the food web and how humans can completely destroy even the most complex food web in the wild. Each presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors. 

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12.

 

Animal Adaptations
1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program

An education staff member will lead an interactive activity and discussion that relates to both physical and behavioral adaptations of various species of animals. There is an option to add a technology piece to this program if the classroom is equipped to handle such an addition. Each presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors. 

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12.

 

Winter Changes
1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program

An education staff member will lead an interactive activity and discussion that relates to the changes various animals go through to prepare and survive winter. The corresponding activity requires access to warm water. Each presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors. 

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12.

 

Enrichment

1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program
An education staff member will lead a discussion that relates to the various types of enrichment that The Zoo provides for its animals. Participants will have an opportunity to help create an enrichment activity for The Zoo’s residents. Each presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors.

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12.


Living Dinosaurs
1 hour program | Cost: $500 first program | $150 each additional program

An education staff member will lead an interactive activity and discussion that relates to the changes various animals go through to prepare and survive winter. The corresponding activity requires access to warm water. Each presentation will also include appearances by 3 animal ambassadors. 

This program is best suited for children ages 5 to 12.

 

Please ask about additional lessons available. New lessons can be made upon request to fit specific state standards.

 

Pictured above: selection from a journal entry from a student who participated in the pilot of Kids Go Wild!


testimonial: 

          "[This] program was an incredible opportunity for our after school children. [They] looked forward to it every week and were eager to learn. They were able to enjoy experiences and close encounters with animals they would probably never have, which for some, included tackling various animal fears. It taught many of them how to properly interact with an animal. It was amazing to see some of the thoughtful questions the kids came up with along the way and how they used critical thinking to answer [the] questions each time. I think the children learned a lot of new information that they can apply to science class, walking in nature, and even with pets at home. It gave them a fun way to practice literacy skills with their journals and I think it really enriched their lives." - Stephanie H. | Springfield, MA