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Public Education Programs

Respect for wildlife and conservation efforts begin with understanding.

Meet WCSV’s Wildlife Ambassadors
As non-releasable animals Fala, Jet, and Marley bring our presentations to life, embody the importance of our mission, and captivate audiences of all ages.

 

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Wildlife Presentations
WCSV offers educational classroom presentations on and off-site, catered to each grade level and the corresponding California curriculum requirements. These age-appropriate presentations for students and adults cover a variety of topics including wildlife rehabilitation, our ambassador animals, species specific information concerning Bay Area wildlife, and what to do when encountering sick, injured, or orphaned animals.

AGE-APPROPRIATE YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS

*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 bird 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 birds process food differently, and how their digestive tracts have adapted to the foods they eat.

All Eyes (and Ears)! (Grade 7)

Explore the incredible world of raptors by examining their highly developed eyes and ears. Discover just how important these are to a bird of prey’s survival.

ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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.”

Penitencia Creek Park Docent

Trained WCSV volunteer docents increase public awareness about local wildlife and safe practices right in our “back yard” and beyond by sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with the public at Penitencia Creek Park, community festivals, and public events. Docents will talk about and share written materials on natural history, why it’s best to enjoy our wild neighbors from a distance, not to feed wildlife, and encourage the public to properly dispose of garbage such as fishing line.

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.

FAQ

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:

Docent Program (at Penitencia Creek Park, Community Festivals & Events)

Assist WCSV with our goal of increasing public awareness about local wildlife and safe practices right in our “back yard” and beyond by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with the public at Penitencia Creek Park, as well as 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) is 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 these programs are coming together early on in 2012, 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 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 interests.