Animal Encounters and Petting Zoos for Schools

ENCOUNTERS FOR THE CLASSROOM

LOOKING FOR EDUCATIONAL AND FUN ANIMAL EXPERIENCES FOR AT YOUR SCHOOL?  WE'RE A FIELD TRIP THAT COMES TO YOU- NO BUS REQUIRED!


We provide innovative enrichment programs for preschool, K-6 and older children in a variety of settings including public and private schools, homeschool centers, summer camps and more. All animals are presented in a kind, non-threatening manner. Contact with animals, when school-approved, is never mandatory. Students are required to wash or sanitize hands before and after touching animals.


Our presenters are dynamic, knowledgeable and safety-conscious. We tailor each presentation to the needs of the educator, presenting relevant and age-appropriate content in a dynamic, interactive and entertaining manner that reinforces curricula and helps generate STEM interest among students.  


We are USDA licensed, APHIS inspected, and insured. We carefully follow all regulations and guidelines for exhibiting animals, and are happy to work with school administrators to address any concerns or school-specific policies that may exist. Certificate of Insurance (COI) provided upon booking if desired.

 

Have special needs students? Let us know so we can modify our presentation to meet their needs and abilities!


ENCOUNTERS PROGRAM RATES:

$285 1st hour, $100 per additional 1/2 hour 


Travel charge: .75/mile (Travel distance is calculated using Google Maps and is based on a round trip from south Issaquah, WA 98027).   


Classroom programs can vary in price depending on your needs and numbers of students. Hands-on school encounters are for 15 children or less in a session. Sessions can be 20-60 minutes with a 5-10 minute transition between sessions. For larger groups wanting a hands-on experience, we can add an additional presenter for a fee. Don't see exactly what you're looking for? Customized programming is available- we'll work with you to tailor a great fit.


Our Reptile and Australian programs can be appropriate for groups of up to 25 with some hands on interaction. Hands-off programs are available for larger events such as school assemblies- just ask!


Programs are modified versions of our popular Encounters programs, including:


AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS 


Studying Australia? We provide reinforcing content through interactions with a variety of amazing animals. We touch on geography, habitat, conservation and, especially, the incredible adaptations of animals found nowhere else. 


Includes: Bennett's Wallaby, Sugar Gliders, Blue Tongued Skink, Bearded Dragons, Frilled Lizard, Spotted Python, and Carpet Python.

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AMAZING ARTHROPODS (BUGS)!


Learn about adaptations, exoskeletons, defense mechanisms, and more! Many creatures can be held - all can be viewed close-up with lighted magnifiers (provided). See scorpions glow under a blacklight - an exciting and informative program!


Includes: Chilean Rose-haired Tarantula, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Vinegaroon, Flat Rock Scorpion, Millipedes, Blue Death-feigning Beetles, Tanzanian Tailless Whipscorpions, and more! 

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REPTILES AND MORE REPTILES


Our reptile program provides an educational and entertaining opportunity to interact with and study some amazing animals. All of our program animals are uniquely suited to being handled by children and exhibit excellent representations of the amazing adaptations and behaviors present in the reptile world.


Typically includes: Ball Python, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Savannah Monitor, Bearded Dragons, Cornsnake, Blue Tongued Skink, Kenyan Sand Boa, Frilled Lizard, Milk Snake, and Argentinian Red Tegu.

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AMAZING ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS -


​Are your students studying how animal’s bodies and behavior uniquely help them to survive? We can bring a variety of creatures with some of the most amazing adaptations on the planet. This gives your students a chance to witness and interact with these animals up close and right in the classroom!

Includes: Giant Vinegaroon, Blue Tounged Skink, Nine Banded Armadillo, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Bennett's Wallaby, Tanzanian Tailless Whipscorpion.  Animal line-up is flexible.

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FOR BOOKING OR FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE FILL OUT OUR CONTACT FORM,

EMAIL info@animalencounters.com

OR CALL (425)647-6499 

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PETTING ZOOS FOR SCHOOLS AND CAMPS

Perfect for kids of preschool age and up, our mobile petting zoo is a great way to give students a hands-on experience with animals which emphasizes kindness and empathy.  We work in many settings, including public and private preschools, K-8 and high schools, day care centers, summer camps and more. Petting zoos can be held outdoors or inside and can be configured in many shapes and sizes. Our knowledgeable staff will share age-appropriate information about the animals and help children have safe, calm and positive animal interactions.


Session lengths typically range from 10-30 minutes with 5 minute transitions. For Preschool and Kindergarten children we recommend 10-15 minute sessions. Ideal group size per session is 10-15.  


Our petting zoos include: Bennett's Wallaby, Patagonian Mara, Pygmy/Dwarf Goats, Sheep, Rabbits and Bantam Chickens. Two or more handlers will work with your students to ensure everyone has a great time and provide age-appropriate information about the animals. We provide touch tables for our rabbits and chickens at child height for comfortable interactions. 


SAMPLE PROGRAM RATES:


One hour petting zoo,  1-3 sessions $395

Two hour petting zoo,  4-6 sessions $595


Travel charge: .95/mile (distance calculated using Google Maps and based on a round trip from south Issaquah, WA 98027).   


Our visit can range from an hour to all day. We'll work with your team to determine session lengths, group sizes, setup location, and other details. We'll be there rain or shine and our rates include canopies and lighting as needed. For indoor settings tarping will be provided for an extra charge. 


We provide hand sanitizer and require all children to use sanitizer or wash hands before and after handling animals. Children with special needs are welcome- please let us know if they'll be participating so we can help ensure the have a great experience!


SCHOOL CARNIVAL OR OTHER LARGE EVENT?  


We provide petting zoos for many school carnivals, beginning/end of school year celebrations and de-stressing events for college students. Let us know what you're planning and we'll bring a fun and fantastic program.

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FOR BOOKING OR FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE FILL OUT OUR CONTACT FORM,

EMAIL info@animalencounters.com

OR CALL (425)647-6499