Research has shown the benefits of children interacting with nature assist in fully developing a child’s emotional and physical well being. Most programs can take place in an outdoor setting if instructors wish. All Pre-K programs are designed to meet the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade programs meet Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards. Students will enjoy direct interaction with a variety of animals while participating in interactive, hands on programs.


Programs for PreK-2nd Grade


 

Feathered Friends

Discover the world of birds using a hands-on interactive approach. Examine a variety of feathers to determine their purpose and benefits. Explore how eggs vary in size, shape and texture as well as length of incubation. Meet some of Sylvan’s special feathered friends and consider similarities and differences between different types of birds. An optional bird craft may be added for $20 and will require an additional 30 minutes.

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $50

 


 

Everything Is Connected

Develop children’s connections with the natural world during their early years while their empathy is at its peak. Establish an appreciation of nature and understanding the role of the natural environment in our lives. Discover why plants and animals need each other, meet some unusual animals (birds, reptiles and other creatures) and discuss their habitats.

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $50

 


 

Wetland Adventure

Explore natural wetlands and learn how essential these habitats are to our world. Find and identify many of the amazing plants and animals that call wetlands home. Discuss the history of human impacts and current conservation practices. An optional wetland craft may be added for $20 and will require an additional 30 minutes.

Time: 45 minutes

Fee: $50

 


 

Meet A Duck

What makes a bird a bird? Students will discover the basic characteristics of birds and traits specific to waterfowl through a hands-on approach. A basic overview of the park will also be provided to insure the best possible experience for participants.

Time: 15-20 Minutes

Fee: $40

 


 

Beaks!

Through hands on investigation and stories children will learn about the wide variety of bird beaks. Participants will experiment with a variety of utensils to explore how beaks are unique to what the bird eats. While observing and experimenting students will make and check their predictions about beak types. A few feathered friends will even make an appearance as participants are able to examine real beaks and interact with live birds.

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $70

 


 

Little Ducklings Story Time

Children will be exposed to a variety of topics to peak interest in bird biology and the environment through stories, songs, poems, crafts and up close animal encounters. These programs can take place outside, weather permitting. Topics include: ducks, nests, reptiles, bugs and animal habitats.

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $70

 


 

Junior Avian Vet

Avian Veterinarians specialize in caring for birds. Through this program students will learn about bird anatomy, the important role of vets, and provide care to their own fluff filled feathered friend. This hands-on program will encourage participants to role play as their interest peaks in the avian world.

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $60

 


 

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*For any programs presented on weekends, there will be a surcharge of $25 per program.