Brought to your school – what could be easier?
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve is open seasonally each year, with hours changing as warm summer weather allows more and more of our exotic animals to enjoy Maryland’s outdoor environment.
Many schools already know how easy and economical it is to have special presentations come to them. Flexible and self contained, our programs can be held in a classroom, assembly or at an outdoor education site.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo’s educators present safe, live animals and a variety of artifacts to learning groups of all sorts. An obvious choice for science classes, animal programs can also add a new dimension to cultural arts, social studies, history and geography lessons. Topics include habitats, reptiles, the rainforest, continental critters and endangerment. Choose from one of our pre-design programs listed below, or we will develop a program that fits your special needs.
We’ll bring the animals, artifacts, maps, props and knowledge to you, teaching for 45-55 minutes on a subject you choose.
It’s fun, effective and a great way to get your students involved in conservation efforts and education.
Note: Bring the Zoo to You Presentations are only available October 1 to April 1
Hours of Operation
- March – 10 am-4 pm
- April – 10 am-5 pm
- May – 9 am-5 pm
- June – July – August 9 am-6 pm
- September – 10 am – 5 pm
- October – 10 am-5 pm
- November – 10 am – 4 pm
- **Last admission taken one hour before closing
Why have a live animal program?
Because it’s Fun!
Our education staff specializes in presenting the animals and the information in a humorous and informative way. The shows are packed with a balance of scientific and silly facts.
Your group is encouraged to touch the animals and ask questions about them. Studies confirm that the best learning is achieved through active involvement.
No book or video can ever replace the real thing. Our animal programs literally make the subject matter come alive.
It’s Cost Effective!
The program costs are easily shared between classes and grades. With no busing or extra meal expenses, most groups are bringing our programs into the schools.
Unlike field trips, presentations are not weather dependent, can be held in the smallest of classes or the largest of auditoriums and can be scheduled any time of the year.
We even provide you with free master worksheets for our prepared programs. Each set includes vocabulary, suggested activities and a word-find ready to copy and hand out to your students. These worksheets prime the group for the information they are about to learn, and help them recall it after the presentation.