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Next Stop The Abyss; Mysterious Creatures of the Deep… Hold on tight for this virtual program, because we are diving deep, literally!! Participants will imagine what it's like… descending, deeper, and deeper, into the dark mysterious depths of the ocean. The wacky and intrepid oceanographer, Dr. Subterra in her homemade submarine (that's right homemade), will be our guide to the bottom of the sea. The journey will begin in the familiar sunlight layer, but that will be left behind quickly as participants descend... ever deeper,… to the twilight zone...descending... to the midnight zone, descending…into the abyss, and finally touchdown 36,000 feet below the surface! All along the way, Dr. Subterra will utilize her sub especially designed “specimen grabbers”, capable of securing items for closer inspection. Many of the mysterious creatures that we will grab along the way are little known to science, so Dr. Subterra will be an invaluable guide as she shares her knowledge with participants. It's a bizarre world down deep, where creatures can be teeny tiny, like copepods, while others will be humongous like the giant squid! Some will be spooky in the dark depths, like the goblin shark, while others cute like the Dumbo Octopus, some toothy like Angler fish, hairy like the Yeti Crab or some that even glow in the dark like the Dragonfish! Dr. Subterra will compare all of our discoveries with animals from the surface to gain a better understanding of all that we witness! Wait...a Colossal squid has got her sub!! how will she get loose of his deadly grasp?? Fingers crossed, participants might even cross paths with a mermaid, but can the specimen grabbers hold her?? Sign up now and find out!
Who do you call when you find a dolphin beached on the sand??...Ghostbusters, no that's another program!! In this program, participants will see exactly what it's like to be a marine animal rescuer. When an animal is in distress it's an emergency that has to be addressed, time is of the essence, and it's up to the experts to come to the rescue, and this is exactly what this program is all about. Sometimes it's a sea turtle, other times a shark, maybe even a manatee, and hold on, sometimes a giant jaw snapping crocodile! Each and every rescue requires different expertise. Learn all about why animals need rescuing- or even not! Participants will meet and interact with some of Eco Adventures' own rescued animals, and learn about their amazing rescue stories! Walle is our alligator that was rescued from the icy waters of Lake Michigan, and our terrapins were discovered taped to the body of an apprehended smuggler! Whoa! These amazing animal stories are living, breathing examples of animal rescues in action, resulting from a myriad of reasons, like poaching to pollution, net entanglement, beaching, irresponsible pet ownership, and many more. It’s all hands-on as you learn how to make a difference with the power of knowledge...and Marine Animal Rescue 911!
Treasure Quest..ARRGH...there be treasures in these waters!! From the Caribbean islands, along the eastern shore, and into the Chesapeake Bay, pirates roamed the seas in search of riches. The most famous of the sea-faring scoundrels was Blackbeard or his first mate Barnacle Bailey , a notorious gold seeking buccaneers. In this exciting virtual program, participants will join them on their quest for treasure! However, little does Pirate Blackbeard know, the real treasures aren't the pearls and jewels he so desires; but rather the invaluable natural resources and animals in these marine habitats! In this program, Blackbeard will encounter lots of animals along his voyage, and he will learn how important they are to us and the marine ecosystems that they call home. He will stumble upon oysters, crabs, terrapins, turtles, and even sharks to name a few, and he will learn all the ins and outs of these important creatures, and the why and how they call the Bay their home. Participants will definitely leave this program richer, though Blackbeard may be a little disappointed with his spoils!!! ARRGHHH ye mateys!!!
The Chesapeake Bay is 35 million years old. Learn about the different marine invertebrates and vertebrates that roamed the earth millions of years ago. How different are they from today? Put on your paleontologist hat and discover some fossils, and gems in our fossil troughs. From sharks and marine mammals to crinoids, snails, scallop shells, and more! Junior paleontologists will dig in, find, and identify various fossils and gems.
*Keep one shark tooth to keep as a reminder of how amazing the Chesapeake is! *extra $.50 per person
In this exciting rotation, students will learn what it takes to be an animal trainer. What are some animals that we didn’t know could be trained? Learn about the pros and cons about working with animals along with the basics of positive reinforcement by “training” a volunteer. Do you like to touch worms, mice, and fish? Are you patient? Do you like psychology? If you said YES to all of these- then move on to assist in a real animal training and perhaps train a dragon, gator, or a mammal…Get your target pole and clicker ready to train away!
Cute and Cuddly Cute is in the eye of the beholder! Whether it's scaly or furry, slithery or creepy....you’ll be sure to meet some lovable creatures. From Baby turtles, baby gators, hedgehog, a tarantula named "Fuzzy Wuzzy" or even a flying squirrel... You'll be sure to eventually...FALL IN LOVE these cute and cuddly animals!
This rotation will open the eyes and ears of students as we introduce them to “near nature”, things they can find in their very own school yards. Learn how to safely interact and what to do if you encounter one of these backyard beasts Our instructors will explain what to look for, animal signs, clues, and ecosystem indicators. What is the difference between invasive, exotic and native species? How are our local terrestrial animals related to the Bay? These are all questions that will be answered as they see and interact with some examples of local creatures for hands-on inquiry based learning.
New Rotation option: ECO OYSTER REEF
NEW this year, young marine biologists will learn all about oysters and the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will putting on their waterman hats and tonging for Oysters at the all new Eco Oyster Reef! Utilizing, age old techniques and tools, campers will test their skill at bringing up oysters, shark teeth, and other fossils with their tonging skills. Many of our oysters contain pearls, so we will show campers how to open them up, and then they get to actually keep the pearl inside! In addition, young marine biologists will get to enjoy sea turtle-tacular activities, will race their favorite crabs in the Hermit Crab races or experience marine animal rescues and more! * $3 more per child to keep an oyster/peal, otherwise instructor will open one to demonstrate.
What is biodiversity? 50% of all biodiversity comes from the rainforest among medicines, spices and fruits and so much more! Join us in a quest to learn about the importance of saving our rainforests. Meet an animal from each layer of the rainforest and learn a fun and interactive game to remember the layers!/span>
Use all your senses, from smell to sounds and sights of the mysterious endangered habitat!
Don’t make eye contact…Please, please, please, not the spider. They’re all thoughts that might run through your mind as the crowd is searched for brave volunteers. It's Fear Factor! You won't be disappointed with this high energy, excitement packed, hair raising test of wills where guests will compete in a series of challenges and dares to probe their fears and put their determination to the test! Hold a giant spider, wrangle a croc, or eat a bug??…YIKES, they’re all tests that each contestant might face. cockroaches, snakes, and slimy creatures, you never know what it’s going to be. It’s all random, so keep your fingers crossed when you flip over a coconut and find out what challenge awaits you.
Outdoor Trip to Sandy Point State Park (50 students or less)
Meet at Sandy Point State Park where students will participate in activities including hiking, scavenger hunt, seining, have a picnic lunch and they will meet some amazing animals they might find in their own backyards!
Outdoor Turtle-tacular Research Trip to Kinder Farm Park (50 Students or Less)
Students will learn about scientific collection methods as they remove and research turtles from traps. They will also learn about and meet local turtles, go on a hike and scavenger hunt and finish with a picnic lunch.
* good for Pre-K-2nd but can be modified to any age
Which animal has the strongest bite?…can climb walls, or virtually disappear, or even can stretch like a rubber band? Spectators beware: are you brave enough to volunteer and let a tarantula crawl up your belly, wrestle a giant snake or a gator? Get all the answers In this fascinating exploration of the super powers of some of natures' most amazing animals. Live animals will be on hand to demonstrate their super powers up close and personal. NOTE: Super Villains unwelcome at this presentation! Capes are optional
Survival of the fittest is what this world is all about and what other way to learn about survival, than to see what are the coolest adaptations animals have to offer! From glow in the dark animals, to quills, and spines, poison and venom, and slime. What are the best adaptations for each habitat? Dessert, rainforests, aquatic, wetlands, -Meet and touch and a chameleon change color right in front of your very eyes- or touch a spiny hedgehog! This world keeps ever changing and only the animals that can adapt can survive.
Pets are our best friends-AND part of your family for LIFE. They
provide comfort and help us to build a bond with animals from a
young age. But pets can be a lot of responsibility too. Every
individual animal has specific needs and relies on you to survive,
thrive and be happy! Our instructor will talk about what animals
make a good pet and what animal doesn’t. If you have been thinking
of getting a pet or already have one- Let us know which one(s)! For
this program, we will be discussing all the pros and cons about each
one and answer your questions: What does it need? What foods do
they eat? Financial responsibilities? Enrichment requirements?... and also how difficult is it to take
care of them... no one likes cleaning up poop but it has to be done! Make a pledge to become a
responsible pet owner and celebrate the privilege of having a pet for life!
Have you ever wondered why animals are so hard to find in nature? They just seem to have a special skill at hiding from us, and for good reason, for in nature, it's eat or be eaten! Camouflage is everything in the ultimate game of hide and seek! In this program you will take a closer look at how certain animals can change color, hide themselves, build structures that camouflage, or are masters of illusion and mimicry! How do they do it? You will get all the answers as you see various live animal examples -- from camo to albino animals to colorful warnings of poison. Find out who is the friend or the foe and how animals are dependent on colors to survive!
Recommended for Pre-k- 1st Hide and Go Seek…Sounds like a simple game of hide and go seek, but trust us, finding a hiding animal is not so easy. This is because many animals have to ability to CAMOUFLAGE making finding them very hard to do. But that won’t stop us. We will search high and low and see what we can find. Come join us as we play hide and go seek with the animals. READY OR NOT, HERE WE COME!
Animals have many marvelous means of movement! From slithering to rolling to jumping to flying, there are quite a few ways to move around. Some types of animal locomotion have inspired human technology, and even self-defense techniques like martial arts. In this very active class, students will learn about different types of locomotion by moving along side of our live animal demonstrations. Who has a better jump, a tree frog or a kid? Can you walk like a gator or slither like a snake? We will be testing humans against animals and all answers will be revealed by using math and science!
What actually makes a snake, a snake?? Snakes might just look like a head
attached to a long tail, but they are much, much more than that! Their
engineering and body plan have made them into one of the most successful
animals on the planet. You will learn all about these amazing animals' unique
adaptations, anatomy, locomotion, and way of life -- with a great variety of
our live snake collection. We can observe these reptiles in motion and even
see a *snake eat...if you dare! (*we will save this to the end if you do not want
to watch them eat)
We have all heard the stories... crazy animals whose bite or sting is full of
VENOM and can make you deathly ill... Or other animals who make
POISON that can slay the most fearsome predator... These are no
ordinary adaptations! Come explore some of nature's deadliest cocktails
as you discover WHY so many animals have evolved these abilities, the
difference between poison and venom, and more!! Scientists are still
struggling to uncover this amazing adaptation, and we need YOUR help
and ideas too--just try not to get stung!
You may know how to tell the difference between an alligator and a
crocodile, but what about their cousins? Did you know that there are 24
species of crocodilians on the planet? They have some of the coolest
adaptations and survival skills throughout history! Did you know crocs ate
Dinos?? Talk about crazy! We have a few for you to meet in this compare
and contrast lesson on crocodilians!
Amphibians are incredible animals and a very important part of ecosystems worldwide. Known as
an “indicator species” they are known to be the first species that disappears when something goes
wrong in a habitat. They are also the most quickly vanishing type of animal on planet earth. What
animals are amphibians besides frogs? How do they change as they grow up? What amphibians
live near me? Learn more about these amazing creatures in this program about animals who
breathe with their skin!
Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of lizards? Meet a few of our scaly friends! From
geckos to bearded dragons to chameleons and even a uromastyx! These interesting animals take
many different shapes and sizes. Learn about how they can survive in the different extreme
corners of our Earth and the interesting, rare adaptations that make it possible.
Meet National Geographic's TV personality and author along with audio video clips, and stories of his world travel adventures and real life encounters with the most dangerous beasts on the planet.
“I've been coordinating an average of 4 events annually for almost 17 years and Brady is the top in terms of speaker quality. He was engaging, honest, funny and appealed to all ages.” -Noble Foundation
National Geographic herpetologist: Dr. Brady Barr School Assembly- (100+ children) There is no better way to kick off your reading program than to have National Geographic's TV personality and author come out to your school with audio video clips, and stories of his world travel adventures and real life encounters with the most dangerous beats on the planet. He also bring some of his scaly friends himself. Put some real BITE in your next reading kick off program. Please contact us for more details for National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr to come out to your school. “I've been coordinating an average of 4 events annually for almost 17 years and Brady is the top in terms of speaker quality. He was engaging, honest, funny and appealed to all ages.” -Noble Foundation
“Take it from someone on the front lines, a recent visiting teacher from Annapolis Area Christian School, who proclaimed: “The best field trip ever and I have been teaching over 20 years .“ Please move forward and plan a visit on The WILD SIDE, where you can touch, see, and “Experience the Extraordinary” at Eco Adventures!”
“WOW! My son had the opportunity to come through Eco Adventures this morning with his class from Woods Memorial. I am a teacher and absolutely was impressed with the smooth way your team ran their adventure today. The presentations were easy to understand and we knew we were dealing with professionals as soon as our program began, so thank you, on this rainy, rainy day. (and I read the Baltimore Sun article from a while ago and, again, wow-80 countries-your training and hard work to bring this location to life is inspiring)”