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2020  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 7-10. 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.

2020 Summer Program Sessions

Registration for 2020 Summer Wild Adventure Programs will open on Tuesday, November 5th.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: Register by March 15th to save 10% on full day (9:00am-4:00pm) programs and 5% on half day (9:00am-12:00pm) programs with Early Bird pricing.

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.

There’s No Such Thing as a…
Animal Myths vs Reality

June 22 – June 26
Grades 4-6
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member:
 $328.50

Did you know that porcupines can’t actually shoot their quills? Or that owls can’t really turn their heads 360 degrees? This program will clear up many common animal misconceptions as well as explore which animals are a part of mythology and legends across different cultures. Using literature, art, science, and storytelling, we will look at myths and realities in the animal world.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment for tropical birds with help from the zoo’s bird trainers/keepers, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, watching keepers feed the hyenas and alligator, games, crafts, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, and more!

From T-Rex to Turkeys

June 29 – July 2
Grades K-2
9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $165
EARTH Member:
$148.50

This 4-day, half day program for younger children focuses on how modern animals evolved from their prehistoric ancestors. By examining evolution, we can discover some surprising connections! Did you know that the T-Rex is connected to turkeys and chickens? Students will explore the connections between different species of animals and what makes them alike and unique.

Program highlights

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

Teen Zoology
Conservation & Climate Change

June 29 – July 2
Grades 7-10
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $395
EARTH Member: 
$355.50

This 4-day program is ideal for older kids interested in learning about careers in biology, zoology, or similar fields. This program will also have a focus on animal conservation as well the impact of climate change on wildlife. Topics covered will include native species and coastal ecology. This session includes activities at Southwick’s Zoo as well as off-site trips including a visit to The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Note: A 5-day Teen Zoology program is available July 27-July 31.

Program highlights

Rhino encounter, giraffe encounter, sloth encounter, meeting with the zoo’s education and animal care staff, 2-3 field trips including a visit to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University, and more.

Going, Going, Gone

July 6 – July 10
Grades 2-3
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member:
 $328.50

This program focuses on the many endangered species and why they are endangered. Students will learn about what species in Southwick’s are threatened as well as how their actions and choices have an impact on wildlife and the environment.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s birds,tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, games, crafts, and more!

Animals, Habitats, & Ecosystems

July 13 – July 17
Grades 4-6
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member:
 $328.50

This program explores how animals relate to their ecosystems as well as how different species adapt to habitat loss. We will examine various species and their relationships to their ecosystem throughout the week.

Program highlights

Creating enrichment for tropical birds with help from the zoo’s bird trainers/keepers, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, giraffe encounter, rhino encounter, watching keepers feed the hyenas and alligator, birds of prey presentation, games, crafts, tie-dying a t-shirt to bring home, and more!

From T-Rex to Turkeys

July 20 – July 24
Grades K-2
9:00am-12:00pm

Non-Member: $205
EARTH Member: 
$184.50

This half day program for younger children focuses on how modern animals evolved from their prehistoric ancestors. By examining evolution, we can discover some surprising connections! Did you know that the T-Rex is connected to turkeys and chickens? Students will explore the connections between different species of animals and what makes them alike and unique.

Program highlights

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

Teen Zoology

July 27 – July 31
Grades 7-10
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $445
EARTH Member: 
$400.50

This program is ideal for older kids interested in learning about careers in biology, zoology, or similar fields. This session includes activities at Southwick’s Zoo as well as off-site trips including a visit to The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and a whale watch.

Program highlights

Rhino encounter, giraffe encounter, sloth encounter, birds of prey presentation, a visit to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University, a whale watch, a visit to Riverbend Farm, and more.

*Children will need to arrive at the zoo by 6:45am on the day of the whale watch.

Going, Going, Gone

August 3 – August 7
Grades 2-3
9:00am-4:00pm

Non-Member: $365
EARTH Member:
 $328.50

This program focuses on the many endangered species and why they are endangered. Students will learn about what species in Southwick’s are threatened as well as how their actions and choices have an impact on wildlife and the environment.

Program highlights

Learning about the zoo’s 150+ different species, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s primates, creating enrichment with the keepers for the zoo’s birds,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:

 

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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