Our Programs

 Wild Outreach Programs for Winter and Spring!

THE NATURE of WILDWORKS is home to quite an assortment of wild and exotic critters. Bring the wonders of nature into the classroom through Wildworks Educational Outreach Programs!

Our animals would love to meet you! We offer a variety of inspiring and informative educational outreach programs featuring wild and exotic animals from around the world. Our programs cover a wide variety of topics and our domestic dogs and bunnies travel with us as well to teach our audiences that they make great pets, and wild animals do not. Listed below are descriptions of our 2016/17 outreach offerings.

 

 

Raptor Force

This is your opportunity to experience some of the most majestic birds of the natural world and to gain an insight into the historic art of falconry, the sport of Kings and Queens. To meet a hawk, owl, falcon and turkey vulture up close is a fascinating experience for children and adults. Participants will learn about falconry basics, about the habits of raptors and hear all about their personal stories. If the program is indoors we may be able to fly a hawk!

45 minute program.

$375 for classroom sized group presentation.

$450 for assembly.

Appropriate for 4th grade and up. Adults too!

 

Our Wild Neighbors

Meet some amazing birds, mammals, and reptiles that are native to the California environment. In fact, you might even see them right in your own backyard! Also included are some non-native surprises! This program focuses on the lifestyles and habits of our local critters and the contributions both pros and cons that wild animals make to the urban environment. We will compare life in nature to the life these critters now live in the city.

1 hour program

$425 for classroom sized group presentation.

$500 for assembly.

Appropriate for 3rd grade and up.

What's For Dinner?

Long claws, sharp talons, silent flight, and enhanced senses are all special animal adaptations to help animals find food or avoid being eaten. Discover fascinating tactics and characteristics as we explore an hour of wild animal survival skills. You will experience a variety of animals close-up and see first hand the physical adaptations that enable them to survive in nature.

1 hour program

$425 for classroom sized group presentation.

$500 for assembly

Appropriate for all age groups.

The Animal Alphabet

A is for Animal and for ALL animals, as even we humans are an important part of the animal kingdom. Scales, feathers, fur, and hair cover animals bodies and help them to keep warm in the winter months and cool in the summer heat. Their specialized "clothing" also helps them to recognize each other as well as hide from danger. B is for bird, M is for marsupial, S is for snake and for "Star" the amazing Australian shepherd. F is for FUN which is what this program is all about. We will learn new animal words during this up-close critter encounter.

30 minutes - (two consecutive thirty minute programs must be scheduled)

$375 - Small groups - Pre-kindergarten

 

Conservation Kids

How does recycling help a skunk? How do opossums help keep our cities clean? How can hawks help keep them and their pets safe? In this program, children learn that by being "green" we not only help wildlife but wildlife helps ensure the health and safety of humans and their pets. They even get to help Star, the Wildworks' Australian shepherd, learn to recycle!

45 minute program.

$375 for classroom sized group presentation.

$450 for assembly.

Appropriate for 3rd and 4th grade and up. Adults too!

 

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation

In this exciting "who dunit" students help investigate the clues animals leave behind. We bring fur, feathers, eggs, castings, and snake sheds that can be viewed and handled by students while they try to identify the species that they belong to. Then they get to see the actual animal that is the solution to the mystery.

1 Hour program

$425 for classroom sized group presentation.

$500 for assembly

Appropriate for 5th grade and up.

 

Custom Programs

If our standard program offerings do not fit your needs, please contact the Outreach Supervisor at: info@natureofwildworks.org or 310-455-0550 so we may create a custom program just for you!

 

Additional Fee Descriptions

Add $150 for each additional same day classroom program. Add $250 for each additional assembly.

Programs must take place in morning or afternoon blocks and in sequence.

*Additional insurance fees may apply.

**Mileage fees apply for venues over 30 miles from our Wildworks facility.

***A $30.00 last minute booking fee will be charged for programs booked less then 48 hours in advance.

Required Items for all Presentations:

A secured, easy access loading area (no students or visitors in close proximity to wildlife and handlers.)

Parking for animal transport vehicle at a close distance to classroom, auditorium or staging area.

A six foot long table.

A sound system with microphone for larger groups or auditorium.

A 10 foot buffer zone between animals and attendees.

To Schedule a Program please call 310) 455-0550 or email info@natureofwildworks.org

On-Site Classes at Wildworks!

Now available on select days and times, the following on-site classes offer a unique educational opportunity for adults and children 8 years or older! These are private classes available for one or two individuals per 90 minute session. Treat yourself, your child, significant other, or special friend to this unforgettable learning experience. A mini-tour of the Wildworks facility is included. Classes are thru May 2016, weather permitting.

Clicker training with a Fox

Clicker training is a science-based way to communicate with animals that has been used since the 1960's. It's easy to learn. You can clicker train any kind of animal of any age  including dogs, cats, birds, horses, fish and wild and exotic animals, as well—like foxes! In this class the student will learn and practice positive reinforcement training techniques using a clicker and treats. We will work with several of the animals on-site including a fox, a goat and the most trainable animal of all, a young Aussie shepherd named “Star”. Clicker training info will be emailed prior to the class so you can come prepared and ready to click!

Class fee: $85 per person

 

Falconry Basics

Falconry is an ancient hunting tradition that has fascinated people for 4000 years. It is a sport that creates a unique interaction between human handler and feathered hunter. In this class students will learn first-hand the methods used in training a bird of prey, including the proper use of equipment such as leather gloves, swivels and leashes and how to tie a falconers knot!  You will learn to handle a bird of prey such as an American kestrel, or barn owl and we will fly the most popular hawking bird in the world, the Harris’s Hawk.

Class Fee: $95 per person  

Catwalk

Learn how to train wild and exotic cats using positive training and protected contact techniques. “Protected contact” was formally developed in the 1980’s by marine mammal trainers who expanded its use to zoo animals. This technique offers a safe, interesting and fun way to interact with your wild subject. The class will allow participants an up close and personal experience with the wild, exotic and domestic cats of Wildworks and for the finale you will take a walk with an African serval.

Class fee: $125 per person

 

Quotes from class participants:

Dear Mollie

"Thank you son much for participating in our first Malibu Docent Science Day at Malibu Creek State Park. The look of amazement and pure joy on the faces of the children was priceless. Your presentation was the highlight of the day! We are sure we'll be seeing you in the future."

Malibu Creek Docents

“Wrestling with lively, loving Boxer the serval and getting to pet sweet Pirate the mountain lion were the highlights for me, though I was equally impressed to see how smart mountain lion Cliff is.  Thanks for giving us your private tour.  I hope to return for more ASAP!

--Steven Brattman

" Thank you so much, Mollie, for the wonderful time with you and your beautiful wild ones. The Falconry Class was truly a special and educational experience for me. Please let me know of any other future classes  that you can offer. I hope to see you again soon. "

--Sheryl Lee

The Nature of Wildworks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
All program fees go directly toward the care of our animals.

 

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