Junior Curator & Junior WILD! Keeper Programs

Established in 1949, our Junior Curator Program is a unique opportunity for children to experience life on a real farm. The program provides an overview of basic animal care and experiential learning on the Heckscher Farm. The Junior Curator Program is the Museum's junior volunteer program and consists of five sessions. For information on the Junior Curator class, please contact Victoria Jaffrey at 203.968.8362 or by e-mail.

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 10-14 hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals, from chinchillas to lizards to tarantulas. 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 class, please contact Malinda Sears at 203.977.6560 or by e-mail.

Junior Curator 101 (ages 10 - 13)
September 11-15 and October 2-6
Monday through Friday, 3:30-5 pm

This unique, hands-on program provides an overview of basic animal care and experiential learning on Heckscher Farm. The course includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Heckscher 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!

Members: $140 | Non-Members: $160


Junior WILD! Keepers (Ages 10-13)
Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18; December 2 (no class Nov. 25) 10 am-12 pm

Discover how the SM&NC Environmental Education team cares 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. CODE: JWKF1

Members: $140 | Non-Members: $160


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