Jr. Zookeeper for a Day
(Grades 5 – 8)
Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$15 per person, snack included.
Please bring a sack lunch.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Zookeeper at the Howell Conference & Nature Center? Here’s your chance!
Spend the day with our wildlife experts and experience what it’s like to care for the amazing creatures in our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. Start your day with a Behind the Scenes tour of Wild Wonders, work up an appetite learning about “ZOOtrition” and prepare a wild diet, then try your hand at training alpacas using positive rewards. Explore the importance of Behavioral Enrichment through “Keeper Talks,” create a “toy” that fits the animals’ needs, then watch and see what the animals do! We’ll end the day with an up-close look at Wildlife Rehabilitation.
9:30 – 10:00am Arrival/check in
10:00 – 10:10am Welcome/Introductions
10:15 – 11:00am Zootrition/Wild Diets
11:00 – 12:30pm Behavioral Enrichment
Activity: Build enrichment “toys” and implement with animals
12:30 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm Animal Rehabilitation 101
Activity: Animal Rehab EE program
2:00 – 3:00pm Behind the Scenes Tour
3:00 – 4:30pm Operant conditioning talk
Activity: Alpaca lead training
4:30 pm Departure