EDVENTURE PROGRAMS – WHERE EDUCATION AND ADVENTURE COME TOGETHER

Through in-depth, hands-on learning, the Conservation EdVentures team aims to inspire students of all ages to take an active role in the conservation of our planet’s natural resources. It is our goal to provide students with a fun and safe environment to further their knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, fishing, hunting, survival and more. Conservation EdVentures promotes STREAM (science, technology, recreation, engineering, art and math) by building the next generation of scientist, conservationist and naturalist.

Please note:

  • These programs will be held at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Education Center located next door to the main entrance of Wonders of Wildlife. Participants should enter through the main doors of the Education Center, then turn left to enter the WOLF School.
  • Pre-registration is required and closes 2 weeks prior to the program.
  • If registration is closed, please call 417-225-1162 as we may be able to accommodate additional students if there have been cancellations.

Summer Sharklings 

June 1 – 4, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020 8:00 AM

Welcome to the shark side, where we learn all about the unique features of sharks! Enjoy crafts, activities, and more while also taking trips to the aquarium to see our live sharks. This camp is something you will want to sink your teeth in to.

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Dino Detectives

June 8 – 11, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020 8:00 AM

Calling all little paleontologists! From the fearsome T-Rex to the gigantic Titanosaurs, you will learn about many of the creatures that roamed our Earth 66 million years ago. Bring your shovels & picks to dig up discoveries each day through trips to the museum, crafts, and activities!

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Creatures of the Night

July 6 – 9, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: June 22, 2020 8:00 AM

We all know the cool creatures who come out during the day, but what lurks in the night while you are fast asleep? Learn about what nocturnal animals are while getting to interact and touch one every day! This camp will be a hoot!

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Space Cadets

July 20 – 23, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2020 8:00 AM

3…2…1…BLAST-OFF! Beat the summer heat and take a trip with us to outer space. The stars, planets, sun, and maybe even a few Martians are just a few of the fun things you will learn about in this out of this world camp.

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Polar Explorer

August 3 – 6, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020 8:00 AM

Penguins, polar bears, and seals, what do they all have in common? They live in Polar Regions. Explore the poles by trekking through the wildlife galleries to see some of these unique animals up close and personal. Bring your snow boots and get ready to fight the cold together!

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Buggin’ Out

August 10 – 13, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: $110

Registration Deadline: July 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Quit buggin’ out and learn about insects! In this camp, we will creepy crawl our way through activities and crafts that will teach us more about our buggy friends. From the ground to the treetops, they crawl, so let’s discover them all!

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Growing Gardeners

June 1 – 4, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020 8:00 AM

Dig your roots in deep and learn all about good gardening practices. Get your hands dirty and gain knowledge of how to conserve your natural resources. We will leaf you wanting more and can’t wait to seed you soon! 

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Arboreal Adventures

June 8 – 12, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020 8:00 AM

Flying, gliding, climbing, and crawling! Discover what makes the tree canopy come alive and learn about all of the animals and critters that call it home. Take a trip through our museum and aquarium to visit some of these arboreal animals each day!

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Wild and Worldly

Includes Penguin Encounter!

June 15 – 18, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $230

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020 8:00 AM

The Savannas of Africa, jungles of the Amazon, Polar exploration, what do these all have in common? You! Travel to some of the wonders of the world all in one camp! Enjoy activities, crafts, and even get to do a live penguin encounter!

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Nosy Neighbors

June 22 – 26, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2020 8:00 AM

Do you know who shares your backyard? Learn about what animals may be in your neighborhood, their adaptions to city life, and how you can be a good neighbor. Take your knowledge home and become an advocate for urban animals!

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Junior Zoo Keepers

July 6 – 9, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: June 22, 2020 8:00 AM

The good, the bad, and the dirty! Learn all about what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper in this camp packed with trips to the aquarium, keeper chats, and crafty critters. By the end of the week, you’ll be ready to call yourself a Junior Keeper!

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Fantastic Folklore

July 13 – 17, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020 8:00 AM

Dragons, unicorns, and Big Foot, oh my! Where did these legends come from, and why? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this camp filled with mythical creatures, mysterious activities, and magical crafts.

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Under the Sea

July 20 – 24, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2020 8:00 AM

71% of the Earth’s surface is made up of the ocean, let’s explore it! During this camp, you will get to learn about the exciting creatures of the deep blue sea, such as octopus, sharks, jellies, and stingrays. Join us for activities, crafts, and trips to the aquarium every day.

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Rockin’ Rainforest

July 27 – 30, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: July 13, 2020 8:00 AM

Grab a raincoat and put your thinking caps on because we are going on an adventure! From the rain-soaked canopy to the forest floor, it has plants and animals galore. So, come on out, and we’ll explore activities, games, and more!

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Half-pint Habitats

August 3 – 6, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020 8:00 AM

Time to think small! Learn about what habitats you could fit into your pocket: from under rocks, to puddles and logs; there’s a whole world to explore and new creatures to discover. Set out to find and build mini habitats at Wonders of Wildlife and become an expert in all things tiny!

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Cryptic Creatures

August 10 – 13, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: July 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Embark on a hidden journey from the open skies, to the ocean floor, to all of the habitats and more. It will take some exploration to find our hiding friends; once we do, we’ll uncover a secret world of cloaked critters. Learn all about the crafty camouflage that many creatures rely on to secretly survive!

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Pollination Nation

August 17 – 20, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: August 3, 2020 8:00 AM

From the birds to the bats, learn about the challenges pollinators face, from enduring the elements to being responsible for many plant’s survival. We will take EdVentures through buzzing beehives, flowering forests, and haunting hallows.  To bee or not to bee and all the pollinators in between!

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African Expedition 

Includes Overnight!

June 1 – 4, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $270

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020 8:00 AM

Let’s pick up our binoculars and put on our pith helmets for our expedition to the great continent of Africa, home to some of the most EXTREME creatures and biomes in the world! The last two days will include an overnight within our Africa at Night gallery where you will be immersed in sight, smell, and sound. Our travels will take us through different ecosystems and habitats to discover the unique organisms living within them, let’s go trekking.

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Conservation Captains

June 15 – 19, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020 8:00 AM

Do you have what it takes to be a conservation captain? Learn all about the field of conservation and its impact on our everyday lives. Embark on this incredible journey of sustainability with recycling relays and nature-filled walkabouts. 

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Wilderness Art

June 22 – 25, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2020 8:00 AM

Release your inner artist at Wonders of Wildlife! We’ll Tour the aquarium and wildlife galleries, sketch animals and habitats and create unique paintings and sculptures with natural materials. Learn about wild art from prehistoric times to the present. Grow closer to nature by recreating the wilderness. Be Inspired!        

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Modification Masters

July 6 – 10, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $240

Registration Deadline: June 22, 2020 8:00 AM

The world animals live in can be a dangerous place! From Sea stars that can grow back their arms to Parrotfish that wrap themselves in a cocoon at night! Learn about the interesting adaptations that animals have to survive in their environment and how they escape from predators.   

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Experimenting with the Elements

July 13 – 16, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $210

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020 8:00 AM

Discover what elements makeup Earth, Fire, Water, and Air in a new and fun way. Changes happen every day, whether chemical or physical. Uncover new knowledge and a passion for scientific exploration. We will conduct element-based experiments, chemistry crafts, and alchemist activities. You will EXPLODE from excitement!

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Captivating Caves

July 20 – 23, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $210

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2020 8:00 AM

The Ozarks are known for our rolling hills and vast karst topography. We will be focusing on the karst topography by studying the caves themselves and all the wildlife teeming within. Join us on this EdVenture and become a true cave explorer.

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A Coral Reef & Its Tenants

July 27 – 30, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: July 13, 2020 8:00 AM

There’s a vibrant community just off our shores, full of life and much, much more. Throughout our days together, we will dive into this marine ecosystem by taking trips into our aquarium and go behind the scenes to find out what it takes to keep our living reef happy and healthy. You will get to participate in hands-on activities identifying different coral species and learning about other life that calls the reef home.  

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Girls Camp

includes overnight!

August 3 – 6, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $270

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020 8:00 AM

Who runs the world? Girls! Crafts, nature activities, and an overnight stay in the aquarium are some of the fun things you will do in this camp just for girls. Get ready for empowerment, learning, and fun! Join us at Wonders of Wildlife for a summer camp you’ll never forget!

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Where the Wild Things Are

August 17 – 20, 2020

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $200

Registration Deadline: August 3, 2020 8:00 AM

Why do we find zebras in Africa, but not Asia? Dive into a scientific discovery of an ancient world and learn how animals have found their way to the continents they call home. Take daily tours through our museum and aquarium to see these animals face-to-face, and never see the world the same!

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Zoo & Aquarium Design: Creating the Future

June 8 – 12, 2020
 
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Price: $300
 
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020
 

Join us for a week-long camp to study zoo and aquarium designs from around the world. This quickly evolving field is advancing the welfare of animals in human care. We’ll explore Wonders of Wildlife exhibits, and it’s cutting edge facilities. Life Support, Animal husbandry, enriching experiences for animals, and materials used to create superior habitats will all be covered. Each attendee will create their miniature enclosure model to display at home!

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Overnight Backpacking

June 15 – 18, 2020
 
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Price: $300
 
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020
 

Bust out your backpacks, and your hiking shoes, we’re going camping! During this four-day camp, we will be learning essential practices of camping outdoors with an emphasis on Leave No Trace. We will embark on an overnight backpacking experience to immerse ourselves within nature and cover the crucial skills needed for a less glamourous style of camping. If a walk on the wild side calls to you, then come with us and be surrounded by the wild nature park of Dogwood Canyon.

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Survive!

July 13 – 16, 2020
 
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Price: $200
 
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020
 

Food, water, fire, and shelter are the basics of life. Learn to provide these from items found in nature. Wonders of Wildlife will host this indoor/outdoor experience to encourage independence. In the future, you’ll be able to use your skills while camping and spending time in the wild. Join us this summer and get back to nature!     

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Dogwood Explorers

Includes horseback ride!
August 3 – 6, 2020
 
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
 
Price: $270
 
Registration Deadline: July 27, 2020
 

Join us on a nature adventure at our Dogwood Explorers Summer Camp! Begin each morning with an outdoor investigation and excursion to a specific location in the park where we’ll observe, discover, and explain how this unique Ozarks ecosystem operates. In the afternoon we’ll tour the park by foot, bicycle, and even horseback! Don’t miss this unique summer nature adventure!

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Marine Biology

June 22 – 25, 2020
 
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Price: $340
 
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2020
 

Discover your passion for aquatic life during this in-depth exploration of marine biology. Journey along with the WOW staff as you study the marine species within Wonders of Wildlife. Expand your knowledge of biology and discover the ins and outs of a career in marine biology.

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the following types of programs at Wonders of Wildlife: EdVenture Programs, Homeschool EdVentures, Tiny Tot EdVentures, Parent-Child EdVentures, Overnight EdVentures, and WOW School. The Wonders of Wildlife Financial Scholarship is intended to allow under-resourced children to take part in Conservation EdVenture Programs. Each request will be reviewed and awarded based on need by the Director of Conservation Programs. Please be aware that 100% scholarships are not awarded and you will be asked on the application how much you can contribute to the cost of the program.

Please complete all parts of the request to be considered for the scholarship. After requests are reviewed, recipients will be notified by phone or e-mail.

Questions

For questions, contact the education department at:
Phone: 417-225-1162
Email: edu@wondersofwildlife.org

We’re o”fish”ally Reopen!

Following the state health guidelines, Wonders of Wildlife is now open with limited capacity for each day. Reservations are REQUIRED for all guests and members.