Junior Curator & Junior WILD! Keeper Programs

Junior Curator Program
Established in 1949, our Junior Curator Program gives children ages 10-13 a unique opportunity to experience life on a real farm. The Junior Curator Program is the Museum's junior volunteer program and consists of five sessions. For information on Junior Curator classes, contact Victoria Jaffery at 203.968.8362 or by e-mail.

Junior Curator 101 (ages 10 - 13)
Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19, 3:30 - 5 pm

This long-time program, celebrating its 70th year in 2019, provides an overview of basic animal care and experiential learning on Heckscher Farm. The program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and various hands-on experiences, such as cleaning and feeding of animals. Upon completion of the program, each participant will be eligible to become a farm volunteer. Space is limited! Students are able to enroll in the Junior Curator program for a maximum of one session. Students who have already completed the Junior Curator class are not eligible to enroll again.

Members: $140 | Non-Members: $160

Junior WILD! Keepers
Junior WILD! Keepers was established in 2015, with the opening of our Heckscher WILD! exotic animal exhibit. Similar to the Junior Curator program, WILD! Keepers gives participants ages 10-13 hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals, from chinchillas to lizards. Upon completion of this class, participants are eligible to volunteer with the animals in the Heckscher WILD! exhibit. For information on the Junior WILD! Keepers classes, contact Sydnee Foster at 203.977.6540 or by e-mail. To register please call 203.977.6521.

Junior WILD! Keeper (ages 10-13) (JWKF1)
Tuesday, October 9 - Friday October 12, 3:30 - 5 pm

Discover how the SM&NC environmental education staff care for our exotic teaching animals in this unique hands-on program!Work with our reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates in our Heckscher WILD! exhibit and learn the proper techniques of feeding, handling and caring for these exotic animals. We will learn about proper food choice for animals by preparing diets, explore how we habituate animals for classes through handling and go through specific needs for certain species. After completion of this class, participants are eligible to volunteer with the animals in the Heckscher WILD exhibit. Limited enrollment.

Members: $110 | Non-Members: $130

Junior Environmental Educators (ages 15-17)

The Junior Environmental Educators (JEE) is our camp counselor-in-training program, and is a member-only opportunity for high school volunteers aged 15 and older. Volunteers will assist staff in all aspects of our environmentally themed summer camp. There are 6 one-week sessions in both our half day and full day camps.

JEE staff will assist educators in many aspects on the camp program, including preparation, group management, morning welcome/check-in, afternoon pick-up and activity coordination. JEE staff will receive hands-on training in developing age-appropriate, innovative environmental education curriculum, in Connecticut natural history and in managing a multi-age, co-ed group. Volunteers are required to attend a training session for an overview of responsibilities and camp curriculum. JEE participants must be 15 by the start of camp, be able to commit to a minimum of 5 consecutive camp days and be willing to submit a current medical record for camp files. JEE participants and their parents must sign off on a volunteer code of conduct.

Interviews for JEE will be held throughout the spring. Training dates for chosen applicants will be held towards the end of June. For more information on the program, please contact Lisa Monachelli at 203.977.6568 or by e-mail.

Application fee: $75

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