Community Outreach Education – Program / Exhibit Services & Rates

Visiting the Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center & Farm School

As of the Spring of 2018, we are laying the groundwork for the first on-site experiences which we hope to announce later this year!!

Stay tuned here, and especially to our Facebook page for the latest developments and announcements!

Click Here for the Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center’s Facebook Page!

Section 1 – PUBLIC / PRIVATE EXPERIENCES

c. 1 hour programs for Libraries, Elder Care Facilities, Private Events, Camps, Scouts, Corporate and Community Events and more!  

(TEACHERS – Visit Section 2 for services during the school year!) 

Section 3 – EXHIBIT SERVICES!!

*CUSTOM QUOTES REQUIRED*

“Walk-Up” Public Event Exhibits Indoors or out, offered year round.

Section 2 – SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Wildlife Encounters School Enrichment: Public, Private, Preschool through College **(Supports and complies with NH Science Curriculum, STEM Guidelines & NGSS) Pricing applies September through June ONLY.

Section 4 – ADDITIONAL INFO

Travel & Transport Rates, Payment Terms, State Fees, etc               

Scroll to the bottom of this page.

Section 1 : Public / Private Experiences

(7 animals / 45-60 min for base program, avail year round)

SENIOR FACILITY ENRICHMENT – LIBRARY SHOWS – BIRTHDAYS/PRIVATE GATHERINGS– SCOUT MEETINGS – SUMMER CAMPS – RECREATION PROGRAMS – COMMUNITY / CORPORATE EVENTS…      

  • Customize with THEMES!   “GLOBALtour”, “Wild Kratts” or “Diego”, “North American Wildlife”, “Animal Athletes” and many more! Tell us your idea and we’ll tell you what we can do!
  • No Theme?  No Problem!!     Let us know an animal or two you would LOVE to see (or maybe love not to see…)!   We’ve delivered more than 10,000 shows over the last 14 years – we can take it from there 🙂

 

LEVEL-1 Wildlife Encounter 

(1 Wildlife / 6 Interactive) 

$225 + travel/transport 

     This affordable program is just perfect for the younger audiences! For our little animal lovers,and always with safety first, this has the most “hands-­on” potential with some of the smaller,interactive, animals and only one small animal from our wildlife ambassadors. Small groups recommended for the best experience. 

Eligible Animals:

Small Animal List (click to see the list)

LEVEL-2 Wildlife Encounter 

(2 Wildlife / 5 Interactive) 

$325 + travel/transport 

Our most popular program!

An affordable program that works GREAT for audiences from small group to as high as 100 kids/people!  With a nice balance of “hands-­on” and “hands-­off” potential… this program is great for community and library presentations, nature centers and elder care facilities and perfect for private reservations!

Eligible Animals:

Small and Medium Animal Lists (click to see the lists)

LEVEL-3 Wildlife Encounter

(3 Wildlife / 4 Interactive) 

$400 + travel/transport 

This program features some of the larger and more “exotic” animals, this show is perfect for groups from small gatherings, to larger venues and public presentations with 100+ attending.  We will work with you to select 3 of our most popular Wildlife / Exotic Ambassadors , to complement the more interactive and touchable animals!!   (*Limit of 1 animal from the Advanced List.   If you want – more we recommend the Phoenix Encounter!)

Eligible Animals:

Small, Medium & Advanced* Animal Lists (click to see the lists) 

*Some restrictions

Phoenix Encounter

(Custom Mix – at least 1 interactive)

$550 + travel/transport 

(2 Educators, 7 AMAZING Animals for a 45-60 minute Show)

Looking for that real WOW Factor?!    The Phoenix Encounter is an educational and fun experience unlike anything in the Northeast!

A customized selection of our most popular animals!  Whereas the rest of our programs feature 1 of our amazing educators, this one we double-­up on… and the animals can be your choice of our coolest, most popular and seasoned veteran ambassadors as seen on the Today Show, LIVE with Kelly & Micheal, Martha Stewart and more!

Eligible Animals:

Small, Medium and Advanced     (click to see the list)

* Add 3 more interactive animals for a 30-minute hands on “meet & greet” experience for only $75!

Section 2 : Wildlife Encounters School Enrichment

“BRING YOUR CURRICULUM TO LIFE!!”

For more about our staff, backgrounds & qualifications – visit About Us.

  • Stable fixed pricing that is easy to budget with!! 
  • Cost of an in-school field trip can be less that $1 per student!!
  • Entirely customized lesson plans and presentations, any mix of animals!
  • Travel & Transportation Rates and State-specific fees may apply additional to all of the above rates.  We are happy to discuss options and provide written budgetary estimates!
  • PROFESSIONAL ASSURANCES: ALL RATES include the costs associated with state and USDA licensing & inspections, $2 million general liability insurance coverage, automobile insurance, etc.  Documentation HERE.      All of our staff submit to CORI / SORI, and will submit to such background checks on a case-by-case basis at your request.

  • Classroom & Grade Level Enrichment

  • Grade, School-Wide & Family Night Assemblies

  • Extended Day Learning / After School Enrichment

  • PTA & Fundraising Applications!

 

A middle school teacher recently asked us to explain the half and full day rates, and here was the reply:

     “The half-day and full-day teaching contracts are ones that provide open options for presentation scheduling and custom instruction within the time-frame.
     Depending on the details of group sizes and program length (60-min / 90-min), they are generally the most affordable booking options for schools looking to do 3+ presentations, or keep the number of students in each presentation as reasonable as possible.

  • Half-day is opening bell till 12 / 12:30 ish.
  • Full day is bell-to-bell – with the option of an after-school presentation so long as it is right at the end of the school day.

Depending on the grades involved and the number of students, teachers and enrichment coordinators select these options so that they can:
– schedule shorter presentations (maybe 30 min) for younger grades or special needs groups, followed by maybe 60 or even 90 minute lessons for larger and/or older groups.
-with a large number of students, half and full-day contracts are a cost effective way of providing the best experience for a varied student population at the lowest cost!
 
* For example, you said you have 850 students.   So a full day contract with travel would work out to a “field trip cost” of $1.51 per student.  
     In this situation, we are there for the entire day – and you are free to can schedule us for 3 assemblies, 6 smaller-group presentations… you might have an “advanced science / zoology” group that you would like a special small-group session with, or a group of students of the spectrum that would benefit from a small, quiet personal visit in a room because they do not handle the noise and activity of assembly well.
You can configure the day as you wish!
     With regard to the animals, because I imagine you are wondering – the more direction we have with regard to desired topics to be discussed the better!   Having said that, there are some animals with venue restrictions, and depending on the venue and number of presentations, we will normally bring a few more animals with us than we need for a single presentation.  
     For example, when we go up to Winslow Elementary every spring, we teach 6 classes, each one about 45-50 minutes.   Each lesson of this length will generally feature 5-6 animals, but we may bring as many as 10-12 with us for the day.   That way we can vary the animals in each presentation to the needs of the grade, group size, any student/teacher fears or phobias – and give the animals themselves breaks as needed 🙂 “

Zippity-ZOO for Preschools and Daycares

Visit always features 1 Wildlife / 3 Interactive Ambassador Animals (total of 4)

*LIMITATION – NOT available beyond Zone 2!    Animal choices restricted to Small and Medium  Ambassador Animal categories (exceptions may be made made for yearly contract customers)                           

 25-30 minute presentation     $175* + travel.                                                            

 – 2nd presentation back-to back the same visit is $60.                                                                   – Customers hiring 9+ visits/year will receive the reduced rate of $125 per visit plus travel!

Section 3 : Community / Public Educational EXHIBITS

(Custom Quotes Required*   LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

We are excited to announce that for the 2018 Exhibit season, the Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center will be making some modifications to our public outreach exhibit services!

For close to a decade and a half, communities across New England have benefited from including our exhibits in their events, which have proven themselves to be a top attraction – based on feedback from event goers and organizers alike!

Our GOALS with these exhibit enhancements are as follows:

  1. Increase the educational value and impact for the visitor.
  2. Ensure the continued delivery of the most popular aspects of our family friendly interactive experiences (such as the roaming tortoise).
  3. Improve general Ambassador Animal welfare and safety, including consideration of extreme weather events and summer seasons trending hotter and drier!
  4. Diversify the ability for the public to support the work of the Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center & Farm School through the addition of an Information & Memorabilia station!

New Format:      All exhibits will feature 7 species

  1. Interactive / “Petting Zoo” component with friendly Farm Ambassadors and small exotics.
  2. Educational Presentations : At regular intervals during the exhibit time frame, the lead Educator will conduct an educational talk for those in close proximity regarding the animals that are present.  Usually in most venues this will include the use of a small P/A system set at a reasonable volume so as to not interfere with other activities in close proximity.  Access to electricity will generally be required of the host organizers.
  3. Information & Memorabilia station where the public can learn more about our work, collect and take home informational resources, make supportive donations and purchases of available items & membership enrollments.

SIMPLIFIED PRICING GUIDELINES   

  • Minimum cost for an exhibit  is $450.00 (plus travel) and is all inclusive for up to 2 hours
  • Exhibit duration over 2 hours will be billed at an additional rate of $100/hr

Example:   MyHomeTown’s Olde Home Day: 10 AM till 4 PM   *total duration 6 hours

  • $450 base price for the first 2 hours + $100 x 4 hours for the duration = $850.00

 

Exhibits are supervised at all times by one or more of our Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center’s staff, Interns and/or volunteers.  There may be a hands-on opportunity with one or more of our animals at various times during the exhibit. Due to general safety precautions, unsupervised children under the age of 3 years will not be allowed to touch the animals. We reserve the right to eliminate the touch portion of the program or to not show the animals if your guests are disruptive, if they fail to follow the safety rules or if there is a risk to the animals or staff.

SECTION 4 : ADDITIONAL SERVICES, RATES & TERMS

Transportation & Travel Rates

  • “Home Zone”  – NO TRAVEL – About a 20 mile radius around Rochester, NH  (examples: Kittery/Portsmouth, Wakefield, Epping, Sanford)
  • Zone 1 – $35.00 (examples: Biddeford, Kingston, Manchester, Ossipee,)
  • Zone 2 – $60.00   (examples: North Conway, Portland, Salem, Bedford)
  • Zone 3 – $100.00   (examples: Keene, Lewiston/Auburn, Bretton Woods, Littleton)
  • Zone 4 – custom quote. (examples: all VT, CT, NY, RI, south/west MA, central/northern Maine and beyond)
  • *Maine Regulatory Import Fee: $27 (effective 1/1/14, this is a per occurrence state fee required of all out-of-state wildlife entities that we now will be reflecting on Maine customer invoices.)

PARTY PICS!! Enhance any of the shows with an Optional Guest Photo Sitting!! Perfect for birthday parties, to give each child their special memory photo.(not available for groups over 50) After show time, we will pose each of your guests holding one of our tame animal ambassadors, or standing beside on of our wildlife—you take the picture.                    Great for party favors or thank you notes. Have kids make picture frames as the party craft!

  • Up to 10 children –$10 extra
  • Up to 20 children –$20 extra
  • Over to 20 children –$30 extra

Payment Terms

  • DEPOSITS  are required for Private Parties and most Large Contracts.   Check your contract / email terms and conditions or call us if you have questions.  
  • Corporate & Institutional payments by EFT or NET(x) terms are available.
  • We do also except payments by Paypal Transfer. 

 

Private Entities, Families and Individuals: 

Unless otherwise specified in writing in your contract, by making a reservation you agree to and are bound to the following terms:  

  • A non-refundable security deposit is required within 2 weeks of booking – or your contract is subject to being void.
  • All balances must be Paid In Full before or at the presentation / exhibit.
  • Payment by check and/or cash  are greatly preferred so as to avoid credit card transaction fees, and ensure as much of your support goes to animals and supporting farm/education operations as possible!!