About Eco Adventures

Our Facility, Our Staff & Our Animals Hands-on Environmental Activities for Kids

Welcome
Owner by Nat Geo's herpetologist/personality/book author-Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologist wife-Mei Len Sanchez-Barr. Eco Adventures houses over 100 native and exotic animals on display and for animal interactions. Many of our animals are rescued. Our facility complete with a simulated rainforest and underwater discovery room, neighbors the Severn Run Wildlife Area – 1700 acres of pristine wilderness -- ready to be explored by our young conservationists! With each visit, you will notice something new: new animals, new exhibits, new themed decorations- and friendly and knowledgeable staff! It is our pleasure to offer more variety of animals and programming…always something new and exciting!

Last year, more than 40,000 people enjoyed and attended our programs, appearances at festivals and special events!

Each year at our "Earth Day Extravanganza", we raise funds for a different conservation organizations/projects and for camp scholarships. In 2018, we gave out 12 full scholarships to students in need.

At Eco Adventures, we are committed to providing the finest in conservation education. We offer enriching hands-on learning experiences through weekly classes, after school programs, camps, field trips, outreach programs, scouting events, special programs and more – all led by top-notch scientists & educators. On top of our educational programs, our parties and corporate events are sure to be the talk of the town.

Eco-Travel: Get your family ready to travel to Costa Rica to our rainforest reserve. This is the only interactive, hands-on and family-friendly travel-ed opportunity in Central Maryland!

Certifications

  • USDA: Animal Welfare ACT class C:Exhibitor
  • DNR (Dept. of Natural resources) Endangered Species Permit
  • Scientific collecting permits
  • Captive reptile and amphibian permits
  • Anne Arundel County Petting zoo license (SPCA)
  • MD Health Camp Certification License

Our Qualifications & Instructors

Our owners and instructors are qualified environmental educators, herpetologist, marine biologist, animal keepers/trainers, naturalists, anthropologist, veterinary science/vet tech degrees, artists with many advanced degrees. We are members of Zoo and Aquarium Association: Crocodilian Advisory Group, and International Crocodile Specialist Group.

Co-owner Dr. Brady Barr is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group. Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He won numerous awards for his books including the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for “After a While...Crocodile”. He also won the very prestigious “Most Distinguished Alumni” award in 2017 from College of Education for Indiana University. Aside from being associated with National Geographic, Dr. Barr is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group. Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

See you later…alligator!
Mei Len Sanchez-Barr
Executive Director

Our Staff

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Mei Len Sanchez-Barr

Executive Director
Marine Biologist

Mei Len's varied career is a testament to her lifelong passion for the conservation of the environment and its inhabitants. Her commitment to endangered and threatened species such as the Florida manatee, sea turtles, and alligators, has earned her accolades from the mayor of Miami, Florida. 

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Dr. Brady Barr

Dr. Brady Barr is a reptile specialist and television personality.

In over 15 years, he’s traveled to more than 80 countries for National Geographic Television to host over 100 wildlife documentaries—more than anyone in National Geographic’s history.

In the process he’s worked with just about every animal imaginable—from crocodiles, alligators, and snakes to bears, sharks, lions, hippos, and more.

Among his many notable achievements, Brady was the first person to ever capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild.  He’s driven by a desire to get to know crocodiles and other species in their natural habitat so that we might best know how to save them in the wild (about a third of all crocodilians are endangered).

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Jessica Rosnick

Supervisor of Animal Keeping & Training, Lead Instructor

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Tina Hayden

Programs Coordinator

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Brandon Haines

Lead Instructor

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Dana Willoughby

Lead Instructor

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Eliza Geib

Instructor