Give the gift of experience with one of our
on- site classes at Wildworks!
Now available on select days and times, the following on-site classes offer a unique educational opportunity for adults and children 8 years or older! These are private classes available per 90 minute session. Treat yourself, your child, significant other, or special friend to this unforgettable learning experience. A mini-tour of the Wildworks facility is included. All classes are weather permitting.
Please contact us at info.naturofwildworks.org to book your tour or class!
Tours include a visual tour of the facility plus interaction with our domestic animals (this includes our ferrets, domestic dogs, horses, and goat). If you would like a tour plus interaction with our more exotic animals, please take a look at the class options below.
Tour Fee: $65 for 1 or 2 people, additional people are another $20 each
***Max tour size is 8 people, however, we can on special occasion accommodate for more, but prices will change. Please contact us about large group tours and pricing.
***All classes include a tour of the facility.
BEST OF THE WILD
Big or Small—Wild, Exotic or Domestic-- This one’s totally up to you. You will begin this specialized class with a complete guided tour of the Wildworks Care Center. During your pre-class viewing you will select 4 special critters for an in-depth experience focused on the behavior of the species and the individual in it’s environment in the wild, as well as, here at Wildworks. You will learn about it’s history and how it came to live with us for a lifetime of quality care. You will be taught and participate in positive and negative reinforcement training techniques as they apply to each individual. Raptors can be held on a glove, many of the mammals welcome tactile interaction and some even walk on a leash! Photo ops are welcome.
We look forward to your participation in this truly wild opportunity!
Class Fee: $195 per person, 2 hours
***One or two people per session. Four focus animals total.
Learn how to train wild and exotic cats using positive training and protected contact techniques. “Protected contact” was formally developed in the 1980’s by marine mammal trainers who expanded its use to zoo animals. This technique offers a safe, interesting and fun way to interact with your wild subject. The class will allow participants an up close and personal experience with the wild, exotic, and domestic cats of Wildworks, including a very personal introduction to our Bobcat Bobby! For the finale you will take a walk with, Boxer, our African Serval.
Class fee: $165 per person, 90 minutes
FOX ON THE RUN!
There she goes! In this class the student will learn and practice positive reinforcement training techniques using a clicker and treats. Clicker training is a science-based way to communicate with animals that has been used since the 1960's. It's easy to learn. You can clicker train any kind of animal of any age including dogs, cats, birds, horses, fish and wild and exotic animals--- like foxes! You will also enjoy the rare experience of watching the foxes do what they do best: Run and play! Join our three red foxes, Cory, Brush, and Fire, in the Freedom Cage and watch them have some foxy fun!
Class fee: $145 per person, 90 minutes
Falconry is an ancient hunting tradition that has fascinated people for 4000 years. It is a sport that creates a unique interaction between human handler and feathered hunter. In this class students will learn first-hand the methods used in training a bird of prey, including the proper use of equipment such as leather gloves, swivels and leashes and how to tie a falconers knot! You will learn to handle a bird of prey such as a barn owl or red-tailed hawk and our red-tail, Dragon we even fly to your glove!!
Class Fee: $125 per person, 90 minutes
Over the past twenty years Wildworks has housed and cared for a small "herd" of horses. The group has always lived in a large pen adjacent to the Wildlife Center, and for our founder, Mollie Hogan, the horses are her passion. There is so much to learn about these huge and beautiful animals and now we've decided to share them with you through an educational visit that we're calling...Horsin' Around
In this on-site class, participants will meet, greet, groom, handle and train our five beautiful horses Chess, Glory, Knight Lily and Secret
Chess is a chestnut Arabian gelding who has lived here most of his life. With flaxen mane and tail, four white feet and a star on his forehead to match, he truly stands out in a crowd. Chess excels at doing tricks for treats and gets oh so excited when he's asked to wave or rear-up for a carrot.
Knight is a grey Andalusian/Arabian cross and he's the tallest of the three. Knight is elegant and goofy all at the same time, dancing around on his long, strong legs but always stopping to kiss any face in the crowd. Although he was almost black as a foal, Knight is gradually growing into his pure white adult coat. As he gets closer his almost white hair is needing special care!
Be Glorious V (AKA Glory) is a fancy and sweet-as-can-be bay Arabian mare. The "V" stands for Varian which means that Glory was bred by the famous Sheila Varian, founder of Varian Arabian Farms. Glory has the thickest black mane and tail that you'll ever brush and a super-shiny coat to match. She's a mare...so she's the boss!
Lily is a beautiful Palomino Saddlebred filly who just turned 3 and is learning the basics of being a horse in a human world. She came to us at one year of age and has most definitely learned all she needs to know about being a mannered horse in a herd from her mature roommates. Lily has a golden coat that shines in the sun. She’s about as pretty as it gets with an outgoing and curious personality to match.
Secret is a nine year old “off the track” thoroughbred gelding who Mollie adopted from a wonderful rescue called Faralone Farms where he had lived for almost a year without being adopted. He certainly had to stay for awhile because when they rescued him (bless their hearts) he was near starvation with no future in site. They brought him back to health at their
beautiful facility and Mollie took one look at him and that was that. He's a super nice, tall, dark, and handsome guy and all horses and humans love him. And fast? Well--- he is related to Secretariat. What more can we say?
Horsin' Around Topics will include: Species information, Equine behavior Manners around horses, Basic care of the horse: feeding, cleaning, grooming and hoof care, veterinary needs. Tack: the use of halters, lead ropes, saddles, bridles and bits. Training: Students will learn to halter, lead and tie a horse, pick up feet for cleaning, how to mount and dismount and trick training techniques for fun! This class can be scheduled as a private session for one person or for groups up to five.
Class fee: $95 per person, 90 minutes
Quotes from class participants:
I just wanted to thank you SO much for
yesterday. Ryan and I are eternally grateful for the experience you gave us. Each and everyone of your animals are so unique and gentle. I really have a new found respect for these wild animals. Thank you for all that you do. I will remember yesterday forever.
Again, thank you so much
“Wrestling with lively, loving Boxer the serval and getting to pet sweet Pirate the mountain lion were the highlights for me, though I was equally impressed to see how smart mountain lion Cliff is. Thanks for giving us your private tour. I hope to return for more ASAP!
" Thank you so much, Mollie, for the wonderful time with you and your beautiful wild ones. The Falconry Class was truly a special and educational experience for me. Please let me know of any other future classes that you can offer. I hope to see you again soon. "
***All classes include a mini-tour of The Nature of Wildworks Wildlife Center
For membership opportunities go to www.natureofwildworks.org
To schedule and sign up now email Mollie Hogan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org