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2019  Wild Adventure Summer Programs

Make your child’s summer break a Wild Adventure!

We offer program sessions for the following grade levels: K – 2, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-9. Our young adventurers will explore the zoo and learn through a variety of hands on activities such as games, crafts, and even meeting some of our animals up close and personal. All Wild Adventure students also get to tie-dye their own t-shirt. Programs range from a half day program for younger children to a program for older children interested in careers relating to zoology.

EARTH Member Discount

EARTH members receive a 10% discount on Summer Wild Adventure Programs.  To receive your member discount when you register, click “enter promotional code”. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.

2019 Summer Program Sessions

Registration for Summer Wild Adventure Programs will open on November 1st. Register by March 15th to save 10% with the early bird discount!

Adventures & Ecosystems
Grades 4-6

June 24 – June 28
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $359
EARTH Member:
 $324

Learn about the different habitats animals call home! Each day of this program focuses on an ecosystem and its inhabitants. Students will learn about the many different adaptations that help animals survive in their habitat.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, exploring local wetlands and catching frogs, creating enrichment for the zoo’s primates, live birds of prey presentation, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, games, crafts, and more!

Armadillos to Zebras – Grades K-2

July 1 – July 3
9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $149
EARTH Member:
 $134

Learn about animals A to Z during this shorter, half-day program for younger adventurers! Children will learn all about mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and reptiles and the characteristics that make them unique. Children will learn through hands on activities such games, arts and crafts, and they’ll even meet a few of EARTH’s animal ambassadors up close and personal!

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, touching and holding small reptiles, train ride through North American exhibit and wetlands, meet animal ambassadors in the EARTH Discovery Center, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, arts and crafts, and more!

Animal Antics – Grades 2 & 3

July 8 – July 12
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $359
EARTH Member:
 $324

Ever wonder why animals do the things they do? Then this program is for you! Students will learn about a variety of animal behaviors and how they help the animal survive. Children will learn through hands on activities and even meet a few of our animals up close and personal.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, exploring local wetlands and catching frogs, live birds of prey presentation, creating enrichment for the zoo’s primates, touching and holding small reptiles, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, games, crafts, and more!

Adventures & Ecosystems – Grades 4-6

July 15 – July 19
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $359
EARTH Member:
 $324

Learn about the different habitats animals call home! Each day of this program focuses on an ecosystem and its inhabitants. Students will learn about the many different adaptations that help animals survive in their habitat.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, exploring local wetlands and catching frogs, creating enrichment for the zoo’s primates, live birds of prey presentation, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, games, crafts, and more!

Armadillos to Zebras – Grades K-2

July 22 – July 26
9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $199
EARTH Member:
 $179

Learn about animals A to Z during this half day program for younger adventurers! Children will learn all about mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and reptiles and the characteristics that make them unique. Children will learn through hands on activities such games, arts and crafts, and they’ll even meet a few of EARTH’s animal ambassadors up close and personal!

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, touching and holding small reptiles, train ride through North American exhibit and wetlands, meet animal ambassadors in the EARTH Discovery Center, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, arts and crafts, and more!

Teen Zoology – Grades 7-9

July 29 – August 2
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $419
EARTH Member:
 $377

This program is for future zoologists! Teen zoology is ideal for older kids interested in learning about careers in biology, zoology, or similar fields. Students will spend time learning the ins and outs of running a zoo in addition to attending off site excursions including a whale watch and a visit to The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Program highlights

Rhino encounter, giraffe encounter, learning about bird training from the zoo’s bird trainers, trip to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University, and a whale watch.

Note: Please be aware that, on the day of the whale watch, children must arrive at the zoo for 6:45am.

Animal Antics – Grades 2 & 3

August 5 – August 9
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $359
EARTH Member:
 $324

Ever wonder why animals do the things they do? Then this program is for you! Students will learn about a variety of animal behaviors and how they help the animal survive. Children will learn through hands on activities and even meet a few of our animals up close and personal.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, exploring local wetlands and catching frogs, live birds of prey presentation, creating enrichment for the zoo’s primates, touching and holding small reptiles, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, games, crafts, and more!

FAQs

I'm an EARTH Member, how do I get my discount?

EARTH members receive a $10 discount on Spring Wild Adventure Programs and a 10% discount on Summer Wild Adventure Programs.  To receive your member discount when you register, click the green “register button” on the eventbrite page, then “enter promotional code”. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.

Where and when do I drop my child off?

Please drop your child off at 9:00am at the top of the zoo’s smaller parking lot (across the street from the larger field parking lot). There will be a picnic table and sign.

Where do I pick up my child?

Children will be picked up at 4:00pm (or noon for the half day programs) at the top of the zoo’s smaller parking lot (across the street from the larger field parking lot). There will be a picnic table and sign.

What should my child wear?

Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We spend most of the day outdoors and do a large amount of walking, so we recommend that children wear comfortable shoes and do not wear sandals or open toed shoes.

What should my child bring?

Kids should bring: Water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat/visor, & a backpack. Depending on the weather each day, you may want to pack additional clothing such as a sweatshirt, additional pair of socks, etc.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Weatherbee, Program Coordinator, at 508-478-0225 or jnwthrb@comcast.net

Bob Clark, Program Director, at earthltdsummerprogram@gmail.com

Located at Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick’s Street

Mendon, MA 01756

1-800-258-9182

 

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