KIDS NEED NATURE NATURE NEEDS KIDS
The Urban Safari Rescue Society offers a unique educational opportunity for students of all ages with our school programs. We have been teaching children for many years about the vast biodiversity of our world, bringing animals to students in an hour long presentation of exotic animals – insects – arachnids – amphibians – reptiles – small mammals. It is a well paced hour of dynamic learning.
We focus our presentations on conservation of animals, animal characteristics, habitat, adaptations, behaviors while relaying interesting facts and stories. We can also adapt our presentation to support your lesson plan. Here are some of the BC Curriculum – Big Ideas and Content Connections covered:
Kindergarten Science: Animals have observable features – basic needs of animals
• Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment – behavioural adaptations of animals.
• Science 2: All things have a life cycle – metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
• Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
• Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment
Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
• Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
• Science 7: Explanation for the diversity and survival of living things – survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent. Life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
We bring approximately 15 animals and artifacts for each presentation covering insects, arachnids, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
We teach to all ages and grade levels, appropriate to their curriculum. The presentation also emphasizes the pitfalls of taking in exotic animals as pets.
We can present to a single class, multiple grades or groups. Included in our presentation is an activity booklet with information about the animals we actually bring, games, puzzles, and colouring that can be photocopied and handed out and a 3 month sponsorship of one of the rescued animals at our facility. Your school will receive a certificate for display and your school name will be placed on the animals’ enclosure at our facility for all to see.
we bring 15 to 17 different animals and animal artifacts. We cover all animal families in each presentation, except birds and fish.
1 hr. presentation for up to 3 classes combined – $240.00
Multiple presentations at the same location on the same day – $200.00 per presentation
Scouts/Beavers/Sparks/Girl Guides – $240.00
5% GST is applied to all pricing
Also note that we are fully insured, permitted by the Department of Fish & Wildlife to show these animals, and our presenters and camp leaders have had criminal records checks by the RCMP.
- Emperor Scorpion – native to Africa
Here is what teachers have said about our presentations:
“….. all forms of education are necessary and important, it appears this program has encouraged a type of learning which often does not happen with traditional educational programs” – Sheila Roberts – Principal – St. Patrick’s Elementary, Vancouver
“….. I have had people visiting my classroom for thirty years and your presentation was among the very best that my classes have enjoyed” – Jim Babchuk – teacher – Regent Christian Academy, Surrey
“ ….. my students were given a wealth of information, they kept the kids captivated and absorbed for an hour, and that’s not easy! “ – Judy Ann Nishi – Vise-Principal – Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary Annex, Vancouver
We have too many to include here but here is one that really touched us.
” I wanted to forward a message I got from one of the moms in class. This is the kind response I’ve gotten so far from parents and staff, I wanted to share this particular one with you because the boy this mother is referring to is not a communicator, and does not get any joy out of school at all. This is a BIG DEAL!!! “…. Nik the email continues as forwarded from the boy’s mother – ” ….thank you for sharing the wonderful creature experience with the class. Jeremy told me all sorts of interesting things all the way home – he hasn’t told me so much about a day at school ever!!! in 3 years !!! Thanks again, Jenn”
“Thank you so much for coming to our school yesterday at Maple Grove Elementary to present to our Grade 3 and 4 students. All three of our classes thoroughly enjoyed the educational, fun and engaging presentation by Kelsey and Jenna. They were absolutely amazing and kept all of our students engaged the entire time – with the help of the exotic animals! Please help us give us an extra thank you to them. We are so lucky to have had this experience! The students cannot stop raving about it and are even thinking about booking some birthday parties in the near future! ☺
Thank you very much again! We would love to have you back next year, perhaps with even more classes onboard!”
Grade 3/4 Teacher
Wow! We had such a great visit today! Our students (and the teachers) loved the presentation. The animals were amazing and we couldn’t get enough of them. The instructors were really engaging and did such a fabulous job giving lots of great information, but also key concepts for a grade one level. This was a wonderful complement to our animal adaptations unit. We will certainly see you again next year!
Here is a list of some of the schools, libraries, and organizations we have visited:
City of Surrey – Party for the Planet
City of Burnaby – Labour Day Festival, Rhododendron Festival
Surrey School District – CSP ( Dreams ) camps
Schools in the following Districts:
Abbotsford School District – Burnaby School District – Chilliwack School District – Coquitlam School District – Delta School District – Langley School District – Maple Ridge School District – New Westminster School District – North Vancouver School District – Surrey School District – Vancouver School District – West Vancouver School District – and Private schools
Organizations and events:
Ronald McDonald House
Bethesda Christian Association
Dixon Transition Society
Balding for Dollars – BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver Coastal Health
BC Children’s Hospital
Variety Club – Boat for Hope – 16 years in a row
Burnaby Youth Custody Services – BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
YMCA Summer Programs
Denman Place Mall
Sharing The Wealth Festival
Fort Langley Halloween Celebrations
and many more
Vancouver Public Libraries – all of them
Port Moody Public Libraries
Fraser Valley Regional Libraries – all of them
Surrey Public Libraries – most of them
Daycares, Scout groups, Beavers,
Sparks, and Girl Guide groups
too many to list.