My Wildlife Education program is a full hour including:
• A Live Animal Presentation
Includes three species of your choice with information on their life in the wild and in captivity. See the page titled “Animal Ambassadors.” All animals are non-dangerous or in an exhibition cage or restraint, when necessary.
• Interactive Educational Games
Original games created by me. “Who’s That Tail?” involves 18 animal tails on a pegboard, and you get to match the correct animal to its tail using a colored photo, and your observation skills. It’s not that easy!
“Wild Faces!” involves a selection of closeup animal photos. With clues given by me, you get to name the animal. Think it’s simple? Guess again!
“Track Match” – Match tracks to faces with or without clues
“Meet my Friends” – Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore – Do you think you know what an animal eats?
• Animal Science & Fun Facts
Using specimens which range from furs, skins, antlers, skulls to claws, eggs and feathers. See the individual pages for program themes.
• Questions & Answers Session
• Touch & Explore where you get to examine and touch the specimens along with touching the presented lecture animal(s) when appropriate.
Program fee – $225 plus mileage for a standard program. Exhibitions fee vary depending on the number of hours booked. Please contact me for a quote.
My fee for a live animal program with hands-on animal specimens is ridiculously low. I understand that venues have budgets, as do I and Max Lynx alone runs me $1000 a year in meat, vitamins, meds, vet care and licenses. Insurance is $900. I’m unable to do a program for $100. Please don’t ask me. If two libraries are close to each other with program times a reasonable length between, I will split the mileage and/or remove it. I’m the only wildlife educator in the Northeast that has a Canada Lynx as an animal ambassador. Although this venture is a hobby, I need to at least cover some of the costs.
There are permit fees to cross into Vermont ($100) and Massachusetts ($25). Each state has different regulations about what can be transported in and application needs to be anywhere between 10 and 30-45 days prior to the lecture accompanied by a veterinary health certificate for said animals ($20). Some animals don’t require a permit. Permit fees are in addition to the program fee.
In short, with Wildlife Education by Bernie you get live animals, an educational game, science facts using real animal specimens along with questions and touch time.
I will work with you to design the right program for your audience.
Availability times vary. June through August are my busiest months, so it’s advisable that you contact me early.
I reserve the right to substitute or change animal(s) scheduled for a program.
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