Each of our presentations may include 2 to 4 educational animals which could include a groundhog, striped skunk, opossum and a painted turtle, unless it is located at a venue where animals are not permitted. Our educational presentations are 1 hour in length and include a question answer period.
There are several presentations to choose from all of which are designed to give the audience a better understanding and appreciation for our native wildlife and conservation of their habitats.
Some of the groups that HWR has presented to include Day cares, campgrounds, conservation areas, libraries, local fairs, Guides and Scouts, Rotary meetings, special community events Christmas parties and birthday parties!
Educational Programs Available:
- HWR who we are what we do - A PowerPoint presentation about Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue From the beginning until present and a peek into the future of HWR. This presentation will also give you a look into a day in the life of HWR volunteers and our patients that we treat. We will keep you entertained and will leave you with a greater understanding of the importance of wildlife rehabilitation today
- Nocturnal/Diurnal Wildlife - This PowerPoint presentation introduces a variety of nocturnal and Diurnal animals and their habits and habitats. Children learn why and how they come to our back yards and how they can tell they have been there! This presentation includes a couple of diurnal animals and a couple Nocturnal animals. Interesting and engaging experience for primary school children ages 4-10. (Can be presented without our educational animals)
- Groundhog Day Prediction & Presentation - This is a special event that we offer once per year on Groundhog Day Feb 2nd. Schools, libraries and communities and can apply to have Oil Springs Ollie come to their school to make his prediction on Groundhog Day and after we will do a special ½ hr Groundhog PowerPoint presentation. This is an exciting event! There is no charge for this event however schools are encouraged to organize a fundraiser such as toonies for wildlife or collect items from our HWR needs list during the month of January to present to Oil Springs Ollie on Groundhog Day.
- Benefits of Wildlife - This presentation introduces you to a variety of wildlife species and informs you of their benefits to our environment, interesting facts and also dispels some myths about these species. We also talk about species at risk in our area and environmental and human threats to these species. A real eye opener and interesting presentation for all ages!
- Meet, learn about and protect our wild neighbours! - This interactive presentation is great for all public school children! A chance to meet various wildlife species and learn how they benefit us! We go over some dangers to wildlife, solutions and ways we can all help wildlife every day. Includes games such as: The fishing game, poopology, Skunks misery, A Raccoon’s Life and more!
- Environmental Awareness - Focuses in ecological issues and how each person can make a difference.
- Animal Adaptations - An adaptation is a special characteristic an animal has to help it to survive. Students will compare and contrast animals to see the adaptations they have for their different habitats.
- Food webs - Students will explore the dynamics of “the circle of life.” It is important to understand that in the natural world living things interact to maintain a properly balanced ecosystem
- Ecosystems and Habitats - An ecosystem contains many habitats! Exploring ecosystems and habitats of different species.
- Conservation - Preservation, protection, or restoration of the environment, ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.
The cost for our educational presentations are as follows:
1hr presentation with our educational animals $150
2hr presentations with our educational animals $200
1hr presentation without our educational animals $100
2hr presentations without our educational animals $150
(within a 1 hour drive from our centre in Oil Springs).
The proceeds from our educational programs go directly to feeding, caring for and housing our educational animals as well as our wildlife patients being rehabilitated. Each of our educational animals were all deemed non releaseable for various reasons. When a wild animal is non releaseable the law states that they legally have to be humanely euthanized or we can apply for educational permits for these animals. Our permanent residents are provided with all the medical care and natural foods they need in order to be healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.
Educational programs are mainly available September through March. Some special events can be booked from April though August email to discuss dates/times and event details.