Home > Education Center > Public Education Programs

Public Education Programs

Respect for wildlife and conservation efforts begin with understanding.


Presentation Registration form

Wildlife Presentations
WCSV is driven to provide inspiring wildlife-based environmental education. We provide both on-site and off-site programs incorporating hands-on and personal learning experiences catered to each grade level and the corresponding California curriculum requirements. Our innovative education programs include wildlife biofacts, natural history information, pictures, and are interwoven with wildlife success stories from our hospital.


*Minimum group size requirement = 10

**All Youth Education Programs meet CA Science Curriculum Requirements

 Wildlife Rehabilitation (Grades 1-12)

From intake through release – take a “behind the scenes” look into wildlife rehabilitation at WCSV through a detailed slide presentation. What species are the most common patients, how they get to our wildlife hospital, and when/why they need our help.

Amazing Adaptations (Grade 3)

Compare and contrast anatomy and behavior of several local wild species, making the connection between form and function, and how these traits are perfectly suited to habitats and diets.

Anatomical Adaptations / Bird Digestion Basics (Grade 5)

After a brief review, students take what they know about the human digestive system and compare it to that of birds. Discover how and why birds process food differently, and how their digestive tracts have adapted to the foods they eat.



Wildlife Rehabilitation

From intake through release – take a “behind the scenes” look into wildlife rehabilitation at WCSV through a detailed slide presentation. What species are the most common patients, how they get to our wildlife hospital, and when/why they need our help.

Wildlife Dilemmas & Simple Alternatives

Scientific research has proven that many of our methods used to tackle wildlife overpopulation and nuisance issues are harmful to more than just the targeted species. In this critically important discussion we’ll cover a wide spectrum of alternatives to poisons, various trapping techniques, and other commonly used strategies. We’ll also delve into the common wildlife dilemma: when to intervene or just “let nature take its course.”


Visiting WCSV

While we are not able to provide tours of the wildlife hospital, our lobby containing wildlife artifacts and pictures of WCSV patients is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm.

 Educational Booths

Our booths include photographs of some of our patients along with educational literature and children’s activities. Staffed by one or two volunteers, these booths make a great addition to community events and fairs.


Do you charge for your programs?
Yes.$100 for programs without a wildlife ambassador. $125 for programs with a wildlife ambassador.
*Title 1 schools are exempt from program fees.
*Community organizations with annual budgets below $350,000 may apply for scholarship by letter to: jconstantin@wcsv.org

Why can’t we tour the wildlife hospital?
All animals under our care are truly wild and we must restrict their interaction with humans to prevent habituation. In addition, the animals we help are sick, injured or orphaned. The presence of humans, even if you’re “just looking” is a stressful event for a wild animal that can impact its recovery and successful release back into the wild.

How Do I Get Involved?

We have a variety of different volunteer opportunities within our Education and Outreach Department:

Community Outreach Docent Program (at Community Festivals & Events)

Assist WCSV with our goal of increasing public awareness about local wildlife and safe practices throughout the South Bay at community festivals and public events.  A non-confrontational attitude, sincere appreciation of diversity (human and animal), and love of sharing information (especially wildlife related) are essential! Teaching experience and bi/multi-lingual skills are huge pluses!

Presenters Program (experienced teachers, naturalists, biologists, etc…)

WCSV is looking for experienced teachers, naturalists, and biologists to assist with a variety of new programs for groups of all ages. As new programs develop, we will need assistance with the finalization of age-appropriate curriculum development , assisting/leading program trainings when appropriate and, of course, volunteers to lead these age-appropriate programs at WCSV and other public locations. This is a great opportunity to use your skills to inspire excitement and interest within local communities for the ultimate goal of protecting and preserving wildlife!

Wildlife Intake & Hotline

Evenings and weekends primarily March through October.

Over 5,000 people call WCSV each year with questions and concerns about local wildlife. Our trained Wildlife Hotline Volunteers ask key questions to determine whether or not these animals truly need to become patients at WCSV, share accurate information about local species, and spread awareness about ways to avoid or humanely  deter unwelcome wildlife.

Assisting the public during animal intake involves ensuring completion of paperwork, accepting donations, and transferring new patients to the exam room.

Please contact Jen Constantin, jconstantin@wcsv.org, regarding your education/outreach volunteer and program interests.