Wildlife Education

Wildlife in Need Center (WINC) offers educational programs that can be tailored to any age group!  Our educators and animal ambassadors give over 160 programs and educate more than 26,000 people each year, which includes media presentations such as Facebook and television appearances.  Please click HERE to download our Education Brochure.

Please note that because animal welfare is our top priority, our ambassadors only work when they are 100% ready, willing and able.  Due to this, we are unable to guarantee any specific animal for a program, but will take requests and work very hard to satisfy them.  

Some of our ambassadors reside in the classroom space at our center, and we welcome you to stop by during office hours to say hello.  Public tours are not available of our hospital area to keep it as stress-free as possible for our wildlife patients.  

**Unfortunately, the building is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19**

 

Virtual Education Programs

Wildlife at Work

We are excited to announce we now offer virtual educational programming through Zoom!  Our virtual programs give your group the chance to see our educational ambassadors very up close and personal on the screen while learning fun things about them, their species, and ways we can help animals like them thrive in the wild.  See below for ideas of what we can offer!

Please note our virtual programs are best suited for ages 7 through adult.  Participants will need a computer or phone with video and microphone capabilities.  

GENERAL VIRTUAL PROGRAM:  our virtual program is an interactive experience where you will have an opportunity to meet some of our educational ambassadors, talk about their stories and species ecology, and ask our educators questions.  The program will last between 30-60 minutes, depending on your needs.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS (including Next Generation Science Standards):  our virtual field trips follow the same outline as our General Virtual Program, and we can work with you to connect students in a single classroom or across multiple classrooms (or homes) for a shared experience.  The program incorporates many of the core ideas of the Life Science discipline of the Next Generation Science Standards, and we are also happy to work with teachers on tailoring a program to focus on a particular area of study!

WILDLIFE AT WORK CORPORATE DROP-INS:  are you looking for a smile-inducing, fun experience at your next virtual company meeting (all while supporting our non-profit)?  Our crew of animal ambassadors can help!  How does it work?  We (as in one of our educators and one of our animal ambassadors) can join your next virtual meeting, where our educator will do a brief introduction about WINC before we all turn our attention to the ambassador to see what they are up to and hear a little bit about what makes their species so special – audience questions encouraged!  The length of time for this experience is dependent on your needs.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS (including “just because”):  our ambassadors can help make your next special occasion extra memorable – even if everyone is remote!  We are able to host up to about 40 of your guests on Zoom, where we will talk about WINC and introduce you to a few of our animal ambassadors.  This can be a lively way to bring together your animal-loving friends and family for birthdays, family reunions, baby/wedding showers, or even happy hours, which we like to call Wine/Whisky with Wildlife.

The fees from programs we give help support the work we do at our nonprofit center

Program Type Program Length Price
General Virtual Program 30-60 minutes $100
Virtual School Field Trip 30-60 minutes $100
Wildlife at Work Corporate Drop-In Varies $100
Special Occasions 30-60 minutes $100

 

Virtual Program Payment

Educator Erin and Chloe

 

In-Person Education Programs

General Program (suitable for all ages):  this program includes information about what we do as a wildlife rehabilitation center, how you can get involved, and helpful hints on how to peacefully coexist with our wildlife neighbors.  The majority of the program is spent with a few of our educational animals as we talk about their individual stories and their natural species ecology.  A short PowerPoint presentation can be added for additional focus on a specific topic.

Extended General Program with PowerPoint Presentation (suitable for middle school age and up):  this program will combine elements from our General Program, an appearance by a few of our animal ambassadors, and include a full PowerPoint Presentation on a topic of your choosing.  Options include: Wildlife in Need Center: An In-Depth Look at What We Do and Keep Wildlife Wild, a program that talks about how and why human interactions with wildlife can have a negative effect, and ways we can coexist in a positive way.

Public Booth Display (suitable for all ages):  WINC can enhance your street fair, farmer’s market, festival, etc. with a public booth set-up and live educational animals!  We will be on-hand to answer questions directly to event-goers and give people an up close and personal look at one or more of our animal ambassadors as we share their stories and talk about how to live harmoniously with our wildlife neighbors. Includes 1-2 ambassadors.

Private Meet & Greet (suitable for all ages): this program offers up to 6 people the opportunity to not only learn about the Wildlife in Need Center but also to get up close to one of our Animal Ambassadors.  Make sure to bring your best camera to take pictures and also have your photograph taken with the ambassador.  You may choose one of the following ambassadors for your private showing: Chase the Striped Skunk, Marcy the Virginia Opossum, Chloe the Eastern Screech Owl, Bella the American Toad, Evie the Eastern Foxsnake, Meadow the Bullsnake, Jewel the Ornate Box Turtle, or Antoinette the Western Painted Turtle.

The fees from programs we give help support the work we do at our nonprofit center

Program Type Program Length Price Onsite* Price Offsite
General Program One 30-60 minute program $225 $250**
General Program Two back-to-back 20-30 minute programs $225 $250**
General Program Two back-to-back 35-45 minute programs $250 $275**
General Program Two back-to-back 50-60 minute programs $325 $350**
Extended General Program with PowerPoint Presentation One 60-90 minute program $250 $275**
Public Booth Display 1-3 hour display Unavailable $225**
Private Meet & Greet 15-30 minutes $100 Unavailable

*WINC has on-site facilities for groups of up to 35 adults or 55 children

**Each offsite program will be charged an additional mileage fee of $.55 per mile round trip.

 

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs

In addition to our general program options, please click HERE to see what types of badges we can help your scout group earn.

 

How to Schedule

Visit our online education program request form or call (262)-965-3090 x 103.

 

How to Pay

Program fees can be paid by credit card online, or by cash or check (made payable to Wildlife in Need Center).

Consumable items from our General Wish List, Medical Wish List, or Amazon.com Wish List may be collected in place of cash in many instances.  If one is directly sending us items from our Amazon Wish List, a copy of the receipt must be sent to education@helpingwildlife.org with a note indicating which program it is for so credit can be applied accordingly.

Groups unable to afford all or part of the education program fee can apply for funding. Please visit the Leslie Kiehl Education Program Fund for more details. Applying does not guarantee funding. Additional donations are always welcome and can be considered tax deductible.