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The Critter Club provides adventures for children who enjoy nature and outdoor exploration. Each week, we focus on different kinds of animals: reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders, birds, mammals, and fish. Classroom activities and hiking on the Middlefork Trail provide opportunities for children to learn through their experiences with the nature that surrounds them.
Your budding naturalist will explore his world with hands-on, nature-themed experiences, real-life animal encounters, participation in group activities and nature walks each month. Please provide your child with appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor activities. All children in attendance must be registered and accompanied by an adult guardian.
Since 1997, this program has provided opportunities for children to learn the complexities of caring for animals in captivity as well as putting those skills to use. Children learn proper handling, care and feeding, and biology of many animals as well as other aspects of captive animal management. One off-site field trip broadens their learning experience. Older students have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while mentoring younger participants. Space is limited to allow for maximum interaction.
If your child is between 12-15 years of age and has completed at least one year of Zookeeper (with staff recommendation) your child qualifies for this special program. We will focus on advanced husbandry techniques, development of leadership skills and assist the WDC staff with a number of fun and exciting things going on at the farm. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities.
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