Educational Programs

Virtual Programs

We are now offering virtual programs that are flexible to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a fun interactive activity for your family and friends, planning a virtual educational program for your organization, or looking for an exciting guest appearance during your next corporate meeting, Tamarack has an option for you! 

Each program will feature a live video of 1-2 ambassador wild animals and the chance to discover their personality, natural history and unique adaptations. Depending on what patients we have, it may be possible to have a glimpse of a rehabilitator or volunteer giving care to a wild patient! We are happy to tailor the program specifically to your needs and interests. Additional topics such as what to do if you find a wild animal that needs help, or a behind the scenes glimpse of wildlife rehabilitation can be included in desired. 

Friends & Family Options:

  • 15 minutes-- $50 donation
  • 30 minutes-- $75 donation

Group, Library, & Organization Options*:

  • 15 minutes-- $65 donation
  • 30 minutes-- $100 donation

Corporate Option*:

  • 5-10 minute Animal Cameo-- $50 donation 

*Groups/organizations/corporations are responsible for any necessary arrangements with participants and will provide Tamarack Wildlife Center with an invitation link to join the virtual meeting.

Private Onsite Tours

Come see where we care for our wildlife patients, learn more about wildlife rehabilitation, and get an up close encounter with our ambassador animals! Tours will be held outdoors only and masks will be required based on CDC guidelines. Tours will last between 30-45 minutes and must be scheduled in advance. 

  • 6 people maximum-- $85 donation

 

To schedule a virtual program or onsite tour, please call Tamarack Wildlife Center at 814-763-2574 and leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, and requested date if applicable, or email our scheduling coordinator Heather Wayne: heather@tamarackwildlife.org.

Traveling Live Animal Programs

Live animals captivate our attention and inspire us. In educational presentations, they serve as living models of physical and behavioral adaptations, natural selection, and human impact on species survival. Tamarack offers live animal programs to school classes, scouts, preschools, clubs, summer camps, college classes, nursing homes, libraries, business meetings, and festivals. We tailor every program to the group’s needs. For schools, we adjust for grade level and address state academic standards in environment, ecology, and science.

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Available Programs

Wings of Wonder: Pennsylvania Birds of Prey

K-12, adults

Get up close and personal with some of Pennsylvania’s magnificent birds of prey including a live falcon, hawk, and owl. Learn about these birds’ characteristic features, discover their adaptations and natural history, and explore their critical role in our environment. Find out what you can do to help birds of prey and the world we share.


Feathered Friends

Pre-K, K-2

Even the youngest learners are entranced by live birds. This program introduces them to the similarities and differences between birds and other living creatures and explores what we all need to survive. By meeting our friendly education chicken and a variety of live birds of prey, young people learn how birds of prey are unique and important in our environment.


All About Owls

K-12, adults

Meet the mysterious feathered hunters of the night!  Learn whether the myths about owls are true. Staff will bring three live owls to share, and you will learn about their fascinating adaptations for night life. You will also meet a non-owl raptor such as a hawk or falcon to help illustrate the unique features of owls. A variety of teaching tools, including feathers, wings, talons, and recorded owl calls are used to support this unique learning experience.


Raptor Ecology

Middle School, High School, Adults

Based on state standards for Environment and Ecology, this dynamic program uses live birds of prey to explore human impact on the environment. In addition to learning raptor biology and natural history, students explore the impact of DDT and the success story of the peregrine falcon and what bird science is teaching us about environmental change. These issues are linked to each species presented. This memorable program can be modified to meet teachers' specific learning objectives upon request.


Pricing

All group program pricing includes a program up to 60 minutes with 3-5 live animals and an education specialist. Programs for

  • up to 35 people are available for $100,
  • 36-50 people for $130,
  • 51-99 people for $160,
  • and $250 for programs and assembles over 100 people.

We would love to host your group at our Saegertown location! Onsite 60-minute programs are available for up to 35 people at $85.

Booth programs are typically 3-4 hours in length and are available for $300. Live animals and related educational artifacts and activities are displayed to see and discuss with Tamarack educators.

Available ambassador animals include an opossum, a box turtle, owls, hawks, and/or falcons. Requests for specific animals may be made but cannot be guaranteed.

Additional Charges & Discounts

A mileage charge applies to all off-site programs. This charge is calculated using the current federal mileage reimbursement rate (57.5 cents/mile in 2020) for the round trip from our center.

Programs that fall on a weekend, evening, or holiday are $25 additional.

Additional consecutive programs on the same day, at the same location, are $10 off.


Scheduling

To schedule a program, please call Tamarack Wildlife Center at 814-763-2574 and leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, location, and requested dates if applicable, or email our scheduling coordinator Heather Wayne: heather@tamarackwildlife.org.