Unleash your family's wild side!
Our new Citizen Science Series is designed to give your family hands on experience exploring the natural world. Perfect for families with children ages 7 to 12, we’re helping to spark an early interest in science and giving children skills they can take home and practice on their own!
Each month, attendees can take part in meaningful research projects by aiding scientists in collecting data related to environmental issues, such as climate trends, the spread of invasive species, and fluctuations in bird populations. At the end of each program, participants will have the chance to take part in a behind-the-scenes animal encounter!
Registration is required. Click the title of which program you'd like to attend to register.
These activities are ideal for families with children ages 7-12 with adult attendance required.
Non-Members: $15 (Zoo admission is included.)
May 13: International Migratory Bird Day 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
International Migratory Bird Day is a conservation initiative that brings awareness to conserving migratory birds and their habitats. Join us as we celebrate these animals by birdwatching throughout the zoo and learning about some of our resident raptors.
September 10: Invasive Species Monitoring 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us as we combat the threat of invasive species! Learn about what makes a species invasive and how they affect their surrounding habitats before going outside to locate any that may be living in our area. Using the tool iMapInvasives, participants will submit any information collected to a large online database that is accessed by environmental organizations nationwide.
October 15: Project BudBurst 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Project Budburst aims to get people outside to make careful observations of the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting phases of plants throughout the year. Families attending this program will collect information on leaf change progressions and submit their data to an online catalog accessed by scientists and educators throughout the country! All collected data will help develop a local, regional, and national understanding of how plant species are responding to climate change.
November 5: Watch the Wild 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Participants of this program will head outside to observe and report the “wild” found at the zoo! Data collected on wildlife, plants and weather conditions seen in the area will be compiled and sent to Pennsylvania-based scientists to allow for a greater understanding of our changing ecosystems.
For questions, please email Lauren Kauffman at email@example.com or call 610-277-3825 ext. 234.
Please note: All activities will include an outdoor component. Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are advised.