Funding Priorities for Education

Thank you for your interest in Animal Ark, Inc.

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.  As of October 2013, our current funding priorities are:

  1. Outreach Programs: Each winter, when Animal Ark’s facility closes to the general public, our trained Wildlife Educators head out to the schools with fun and dynamic educational presentations.  One program costs $100, or $300 if a live raptor joins the Educators.  Your generous grant could sponsor Outreach Programs for students that otherwise would be unable to experience this amazing opportunity.  Our Educators love seeing the amazed expressions that your sponsorship makes possible.
  2. Field Trip Programs: Animal Ark has been hosting field trips at our wildlife sanctuary since 1982!  Our goal has always been to be a memorable, educational experience.  We immerse children in nature and provide an opportunity to view amazing wildlife.  Our programs are designed to seamlessly integrate with current science standards and therefore the classroom experience so the students experience the full benefits of wildlife education.
  3. Informational Signs: When guests tour through Animal Ark’s wildlife sanctuary, they view our beautiful wildlife in natural settings.  Our volunteers work tirelessly to ensure each guest has a personal experience, sharing stories and answering questions.  In addition, Animal Ark has designed an array of fun, informational, and interactive signs that help interpret for our guests the intricacies of wildlife and the environment.

Please contact Co-Founder and Executive Director Aaron Hiibel to discuss these and other exciting grant opportunities by calling 1-775-970-3431 or e-mailing [email protected].

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 1-775-333-5499 or go to

What is Animal Ark?

Animal Ark, a wildlife sanctuary, inspires environmental stewardship through wildlife education.  Education is at the heart of our mission.  Each year, we reach over 8,000 schoolchildren from across the region as well as over 15,000 visitors to our facility.  Through our education programs we instill a personal connection between children and nature, a connection that may otherwise never exist.  As a wildlife sanctuary, Animal Ark houses non-releasable wildlife, mostly from North America.  These animals allow us to also teach the general community about our natural surroundings and the wild residents thereof.

We are a multifaceted organization.  Please use the Navigation on the side of this page to investigate the other aspects of our organization and related projects in need of support!