School & Group Programs

Let us bring the wild to you with a visit from our Nature Van full of taxidermy, skeletons, bio-facts, and more!

Have you ever touched a skunk’s fur or felt a rattlesnake’s scales?

This interactive presentation provides students with the opportunity to be hands-on with animals they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience up close, leaving them with a strengthened sense of responsibility toward preserving our planet.

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Use our online form to request your Nature Van program!

  • Length: 45-60 minutes
  • Ages: pre-K to adult
  • Group Limit: 30 person maximum per presentation
  • Price:
    • $200 for the 1st presentation
    • $120 for each additional presentation
    • $1 per mile travel fee ($10 minimum)

Choose from the list of topics below:

California Wildlife

A touch of feathers, fur and scales! Learn about the astounding animals that live right here in our own neighborhoods. This presentation provides an overview of our state’s wonderfully diverse wildlife.

Birds of a Feather

From zipping hummingbirds to soaring raptors, examine the amazing adaptations of our feathered friends. Students will leave thinking that perhaps having a bird brain isn’t such a bad thing!

Marvelous Mammals

Purrs, howls, hisses and growls! Investigate the surprising diversity of mammals, from marsupials and mustelids to felines and canines, and find out where humans fit into this furry cast of critters.

Redwood Giants

Who is hiding amongst the tallest trees in the world? Take a peek into life in a Coastal Redwood Forest. From banana slugs on the forest floor to owls in the canopy, investigate the interdependency of organisms hidden in each layer of this spectacular forest.

Ocean Adventures

Dive into the remarkable ways animals have adapted to living in each ocean habitat, from tidepools and sandy beaches to kelp forests and the open ocean.

Wild Wetlands

Creeks, ponds and wetlands! Wade into the unique lifecycles of the animals that pass through these watery worlds. Explore this vanishing habitat to learn exactly why it is worth preserving and how you can help.

Going Green

Let our local wildlife teach you simple ways to help preserve our planet. Investigate the issues affecting wildlife and learn simple ways that you can make a difference. It’s easy being green!

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your program less than 8 weeks in advance, 50% of your program fee will be due or retained.
  • If you cancel your program less than 2 weeks in advance, 100% of your program fee will be retained.
  • If the program must be canceled due to COVID-19, you will not be penalized. If other dates are available, you may reschedule, or we can offer a full refund.

There is nothing more memorable for your students than having live wild animals visit your classroom!

Your group will have the opportunity to meet three of WildCare’s rescued non-releasable wild animals during this unforgettable presentation.

By sharing their rescue stories, these animals act as ambassadors for their species in order to increase awareness of their plight in the wild.

Possible wildlife visitors include a Northern Spotted Owl, Virginia Opossum, California Desert Tortoise, Rosy Boa, California King Snake, and Red-tailed Hawk! Whether you are looking for an overview of California wildlife or a more specific topic to fit into your class curriculum, this program is sure to leave a lasting impression!

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  • Group Limit: 30 people maximum per presentation
  • Length: 60 minute program
  • Ages: 1st grade to adult
  • Presentations: 2 maximum per day
  • Price:
    • $240 for the 1st presentation
    • $170 for the second presentation
    • $1 per mile travel fee ($10 minimum)

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your program less than 8 weeks in advance, 50% of your program fee will be due or retained.
  • If you cancel your program less than 2 weeks in advance, 100% of your program fee will be retained.
  • If the program must be canceled due to COVID-19, you will not be penalized. If other dates are available, you may reschedule, or we can offer a full refund.

Meet our non-releasable educational animals, our Wildlife Ambassadors, in an engaging guided tour.

Learn about WildCare’s mission, along with success stories of wildlife we have rescued and released back into the wild. Visitors will meet the non-releasable birds, reptiles and mammals housed in WildCare’s outdoor courtyard. Explore the natural behavior of each species, why each animal ambassador needed rescuing and how you can help to protect their species in the wild.

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We are now accepting reservations for Center Tours.

Learn about WildCare’s mission, along with success stories of wildlife we have rescued and released back into the wild.

Visitors will meet the non-releasable birds, reptiles and mammals housed in WildCare’s outdoor courtyard. Explore the natural behavior of each species, why each animal  needed rescuing and how you can help to protect their species in the wild.

  • Length: 60 minute tour
  • Ages: 3 to adult
  • Price: $150 per tour
  • Group Limit: 25 person maximum per tour
  • Two special animal encounters with our Wildlife Ambassadors per tour
  • Call 415-453-1000 x19 for more info

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your program less than 8 weeks in advance, 50% of your program fee will be due or retained.
  • If you cancel your program less than 2 weeks in advance, 100% of your program fee will be retained.
  • If the program must be canceled due to COVID-19, you will not be penalized. If other dates are available, you may reschedule, or we can offer a full refund.

Discovering Nature!

Immerse your students in nature with our exciting discovery hikes led by WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Guides. Students will use their senses to examine animal tracks, investigate scat, and spot wildlife, all while expanding their knowledge and appreciation of local flora and fauna.

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WildCare is now accepting reservations for our Terwilliger Nature Hikes! Please use the online form to reserve today.

  • Group Limit: One classroom per hike per day
  • Teacher Requirements: bring a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children to ensure a safe and hands-on experience
  • Price: $200 per hike

Choose from the following hike sites:

Miwok Meadows (San Rafael)

Experience the oak woodland ecosystem and its amazing biodiversity, including grasslands, marshes and forests. Common sightings include wild turkey, deer, egrets and woodrat stick nests. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Grades: K-6
  • Dates & Times: Thursdays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Ring Mountain (Corte Madera)

Learn about the unique geology and botany of this grassland, rich in serpentine soils. Students will learn about the cultural history of the Coast Miwok, while enjoying the panoramic views of San Francisco and Mt. Tamalpais.

  • Grades: 2-6
  • Dates & Times: Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Muir Woods (Mill Valley)

Explore the fascinating ecology of a Coast Redwood Forest. Growing as tall as skyscrapers and living up to 2,000 years, Coast Redwoods provide a unique ecosystem found nowhere else on the planet. Keep an eye out for banana slugs, chipmunks and salmon. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Grades: K-6
  • Dates & Times: Wednesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your program less than 8 weeks in advance, 50% of your program fee will be due or retained.
  • If you cancel your program less than 2 weeks in advance, 100% of your program fee will be retained.
  • If the program must be canceled due to COVID-19, you will not be penalized. If other dates are available, you may reschedule, or we can offer a full refund.

Bring WildCare directly to your students through distance learning today!

Distance Learning Programs

Now accepting reservations for fall and winter!

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Bring WildCare directly to your students through distance learning! Our educators will lead students through scientific observations and active movements as they learn about some of our Wildlife Ambassadors. With a mixture of behind-the-scenes videos and live interactive sessions with one of our wildlife educators, this engaging program will delight and inspire students to take action to help wildlife in their neighborhoods.

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  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Ages: K - 6th Grade
  • Group Limit: 30 student maximum per presentation
  • Price: $100

Scholarships are available and are based on your school’s FRPM statistics. Visit our scholarship page for more information. You may request a scholarship in the Program Request Form by clicking on any of the program links below.

Visit our Teacher Resources web page for activities that prepare students for their upcoming Distance Learning Program by engaging them in the study of the natural world.

Programs Available


Learn about the astounding animals that live right here in our own neighborhoods. This presentation provides an overview of our state’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. From the redwood forest to the desert, investigate the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in their habitats. This interactive presentation provides students with the opportunity to observe taxidermy and animals’ features they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience up close, leaving them with a strengthened sense of responsibility toward preserving our planet.
NGSS Alignment
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  • Habitats and Biodiversity
  • Grade levels: K-2nd grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

What do fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals all have in common? How can you know what a mammal eats just by looking at its teeth? What makes birds so unique from other animals? Find out the answers to these questions and much more by attending a special presentation featuring videos of our Wildlife Ambassadors. In this presentation you will learn about a bird of prey, a marvelous mammal, and a remarkable reptile! This program will reveal these animals’ habitats, diets, adaptations, and the threats they face in the wild.

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  • The Vertebrates
  • Grade levels: 2nd-3rd grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum


Find out how you can be an
Eco-Hero!

Learn about our rescued non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors during this interactive presentation. By sharing their rescue stories, these animals act as representatives for their species in order to increase awareness of their plight in the wild. Investigate the issues affecting wildlife, interdependence in ecosystems, and how we can make choices in our everyday lives to have a positive impact on our environment.

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  • Eco-Heroes
  • Grade levels: 4th - 6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

Which shark is born in the salt marsh?

How is a wetland like a restaurant?

Wade into the unique lives of the animals that pass through these watery worlds. Explore this vanishing habitat to learn exactly why it is worth preserving and how you can help. Students will examine the benefits of wetlands and find out why animals rely on them for survival. Students will gain an understanding of how restoring and protecting California’s wetlands has a big positive impact on our local wildlife.

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  • California Wetlands
  • Grade levels: K - 6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

How do squirrels plant trees? Who lives inside of a tree trunk? Find out what other wonders await by transporting your classroom to the oak woodland! Listen for the drumming of the acorn woodpecker, catch a glimpse of the fluffy tail of the grey fox, and watch raptors soar in the sky above. Hear the stories of our Wildlife Ambassadors and Wildlife Hospital patients to understand how their species are connected in the food web. Learn how oak trees sustain life for wildlife and humans alike in this important ecosystem.
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  • Wonders of Oak Woodlands
  • Grade levels: K-6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

Scholarships available!

If your school participates in the Free or Reduced Price Meal program (FRPM), your class is eligible for a scholarship.

Learn more!

Bring WildCare to your students with our fun, free Teacher Resources!

Pre-visit activities prepare your students for their upcoming Distance Learning Program by engaging them in the study of the natural world.

Post-visit activities expand upon students’ new knowledge and offer ways they can keep learning how to live well with wildlife in their own neighborhood.

Each grade-appropriate activity is presented as a web page with printable PDFs that can be shared with students remotely or in the classroom.

Click here for all of our Teacher Resources for the classroom!

Click here for the Teacher Resources for our Distance Learning Programs.

 

Scholarships Available!

If your school participates in the Free or Reduced Price Meal program (FRPM), your class is eligible for a scholarship.