Refuge on Wheels
Our programs are now aligned with the NJ Core Curriculum and the newly adapted Next Generation Science Standards. Click here for details.
If you can’t come to the Refuge, we’ll bring the animals to you! We offer two presentation formats; Auditorium-style and Classroom-style. Call to reserve a program at least two weeks in advance (earlier during April and May). Discounts for 2 or more programs at the same site, the same day. Additional mileage fee for programs more than 20 miles away.
**Don't see what you're looking for? Call us to discuss a program tailored to fit into your existing curriculum.
Auditorium-style programs accommodate up to 100 people and are specifically designed for school-age groups.
- Programs are 1 hour long.
- $250 first program, $225 for additional program on the same day.
Hunters of the Sky (3rd-12th): During this program
students are introduced to a variety of raptors (birds of prey) through
hands-on exploration and engaging lessons. Students will observe each species’
unique characteristics and learn about their adaptations for survival. Students
will spend time learning how and why each animal fits in our ecosystem and the
specific role it plays within the food chain. The students will also learn
about habitats and how each species fills a specific niche in its habitat.
Students will get to touch artifacts, such as wings and talons and see two
different raptors up-close.
**Also available as "Night Hunters of the Sky" where multiple species of owls are presented.
Raptors and Reptiles (K-12th): Raptors are a key indicator for determining environmental health
and quality. During this program students are introduced to a variety of
raptors (birds of prey) and reptiles. Students will observe each species’
unique characteristics and learn about their habitats and adaptations for
survival. Students will spend time learning how and why each animal is a part
of our ecosystem and the specific role it plays within the food chain. Students
will visit with a raptor and two reptiles during this program.
Predator and Prey (3rd-12th): This program focuses on the
everyday struggle for survival in the forests of New Jersey. Students will
discover who is eating whom and how each animal fits into our ecosystem and the
specific role it plays within the food chain. Animals will include examples of
at least one predator and one prey and a discussion on why some animals are
more likely prey than others and the characteristics that are common in each
Endangered Species (3rd-12th): Students will be introduced to animals that are listed as
threatened and endangered species within the state and learn what those terms
mean. Students learn why many animal populations are on the decline and
brainstorm ways to prevent further decline in each species. The students
will learn about the most significant causes to species decline such as habitat
loss, poaching, pollution, pesticide misuse, etc. Students will also come up
with ways in which they can help animal populations by making small but
significant changes in their everyday lives.
Egg-citing Eggs! (K-6th): This program focuses on the amazing adaptations of eggs and we
discuss the various animals that come from eggs. We will briefly discuss the
parts of an egg through a fun and interactive egg model. Students will
learn that most eggs are very different from the basic chicken eggs that they
are familiar with. We will also introduce students to three different animals
that have come from eggs, including a bird, snake and turtle.
Fur, Feathers, Scales and Slime! (K-5th): This program gives students a better understanding of four
different animal groups and discusses why each animal is very different, and
how its body covering serves many important purposes. An interactive
lesson will have the students group animals based on their different body
coverings and we will explore how each one is unique. We will address questions
such as, why don’t we see animals with scales in the winter and how do animals
cope with extreme temperatures? How can their body coverings help or hurt them?
Students will be able to see and feel artifacts from each of these groups and a
feathered and scaled animal will be brought into the classroom for an up-close
Fur, Feathers and Scales (PreK-K) is the
30-minute version of this program.
Classroom-style programs accommodate up to 30 people and are specifically designed for ages 3-7.
- Programs are 1/2 hour long.
- $150 first program, $125 for additional program on the same day.
Winged Wonders (K-2nd): This lively program, geared for younger audiences, discusses the differences between birds and other animals. Students are introduced to two feathered friends and the opportunity to touch wings, feathers and talons in this exciting and unforgettable program!
Owl Stories (PK-2nd): During this fun and engaging program, students learn about some
basic adaptations and characteristics that make owls unique. Students
participate in an imaginary owl hunt through the forest, listen to a fun story
and even hear and learn about the various sounds that owls make. Students will
see two owls up-close and be amazed by their soft feathers and wings.
Snakes, and Frogs, and Turtles, Oh My! (PK-12th): This fun and engaging program begins with a discussion about the
differences between reptiles and amphibians. One of the students is
selected to dress-up like a frog as they try to name the adaptations he needs
to survive. How are reptiles and amphibians different and how are they
alike? Students will also get to meet a live snake, turtle and possibly frog
depending on availability.
Our Feathered Friends (PK-2nd): Students will focus primarily on feathers and discuss why they
serve an important role for birds. How do feathers help birds
and what do birds use them for are all questions that are answered as we have two
students dress-up like birds using some very silly props. The students will
gain an important understanding as to why birds would not be able to survive
without feathers. This program ends with a visit from two different birds and
includes feathers and wings for the students to touch.
Creatures of the Night (K-2nd): This program helps students learn about the difference between
daytime (diurnal) and nighttime (nocturnal) animals and what happens after the
sun goes down. We discuss some of the major differences between the two groups
and do a fun and interactive lesson in which the students group various animals
into each category. The program concludes with a visit from two
Fascinate students at your next science expo with live animal presentations, interactive lessons about water, or experiments with animal adaptations. Choose from our Refuge on Wheels topics above or call to discuss your specific program needs. Programming is tailored to your specific age group and topic-up to 4 hours in length.
- Programming up to 4 hours is available.
- $400 for up to 4 hours.
Also Available for Science Expos:
Water, Water Everywhere (4th-12th)
Where does your water come from? Is there enough to go around? Enjoy an interactive science lesson using an Enviroscape®-- every student gets to participate.