Classroom Programs

Classroom programs featuring live animals are a great way to educate your students! When a child sees a new mammal, reptile, bird, or bug up close for the first time, they are welcomed into a special world. Their senses are also filled with new and exotic sights, sounds, smells, and textures. This creates a mysterious learning experience that will surely enhance their education.

The Once in a Wild Classy Critters program delivers an interactive classroom experience. We believe that education is the first step in encouraging children to learn about, appreciate, and therefore want to protect animals.

Children are naturally drawn to animals. Their empathy and curiosity allow them to explore their surroundings and take interest, which is why you’ll often see kids stepping over ant trails, petting the neighbourhood cat, or gently holding a butterfly when it lands on their finger.

The Science of Real Life

Until a child experiences something hands-on, they may never truly understand what they are learning. Our animal classroom programs deliver an amazing interactive experience. Meeting a feisty ferret, a curious cockatiel, a slithering snake, or a tip-toeing tarantula up close and in person delivers a unique learning session to support other classroom-based activities. Additionally, the phonetics we use to describe what the children are seeing can even help develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Furthermore, studies show that applying real-life experiences to a curriculum helps students learn and retain what is being taught. Live animal programs can also apply to many different classes or curriculums and are for students of all ages. Whether the students are very young, attending college, (or somewhere in between) encountering live animals up close is definitely a learning experience to remember!

The Once in a Wild Difference

Participants will easily notice how each animal has their own unique personality. Whether it’s a rambunctious rabbit, a loveable lizard, an amazing axolotl, or a terrific tortoise, they’re sure to spark plenty of interest from the students and teachers alike! We explain each animal’s natural habitat, adaptations, quirky characteristics, and most importantly, what food they like to eat! This stimulates a child’s imagination beyond our comprehension.

Not only are our staff very educated, knowledgeable, and experienced, we also offer fun, clean, and safe animal programs for every student and animal involved. We are not a traditional petting zoo, and can set up either indoors or outdoors depending on your requirements. Trained staff are always present to ensure the safety and comfort of the students (and animals.) Additionally, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. Learning about animals has never been so easy!

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