Field Trip Confirmation 2018-01-18T12:36:48+00:00

Field Trips to Animal Ark

We want your field trip to Animal Ark to be a great experience.  Please look through the following information CAREFULLY to make sure your class is prepared.

Preparing for your trip:

  • The link to this webpage should have been included in an email with a subject line, “Confirmation.”  Be sure to read the details carefully and e-mail any problems to [email protected].
  • When you arrive, you will need to pay inside the Admissions office.  The Attendant will collect your payment and call the Wildlife Educators to the parking lot.  We accept check, credit cards, and cash.  If your school requires a Purchase Order, contact [email protected] immediately as we will need additional information.
  • We ask that chaperons not bring siblings on the field trip.
  • Wear good walking shoes.  Our trail is 1 mile and is composed of compact dirt and decomposed granite.
  • Bring an extra layer.  We are at 6,000 feet elevation and tend to be cooler than Reno.
  • If you would like, you may use this letter to the parents in preparing for the trip.
  • If we must cancel the trip due to unsafe weather or facility conditions, we will call you and change our answering machine to reflect changes in our operating schedule.
  • We do not have water fountains.  We do sell bottled water.  Individuals are welcome to bring their own water with them.
  • Please note, we have three types of programs.  Be prepared for your program:
An Animal Ark Educator will be with you the majority of your visit, but this program is not fully-guided.  Even so, you’re not left “high and dry!” 

  1. We will send you with a Guidebook.  This Guidebook at the least provides a map and basic introduction.  It also provides fun facts about each species, in the order in which you would encounter them.  Facts are written in large, easy-to-read-aloud font.
  2. Our Wildlife Educators will focus on key animals for a given grade level and associated content.  Therefore, you can feel free to just share each animal’s personal History, posted at each enclosure, when we are not with you.

This information is available to you prior to your field trip by clicking on the links “Guidebook” and “History” – you can use this information in preparing your students or in following up on a field trip.

What to expect while you’re here:

  1. Upon arrival, your Field Trip Host will line up all classes in a designated area.  The Host will introduce the students to Animal Ark and discuss our guidelines.  A Co-Host will pull all the chaperons aside briefly to discuss these same guidelines and request their assistance with the program.
  2. The Field Trip Host will then lead all of the students in a fun activity that introduces the theme and lesson for the day.
  3. The Field Trip Host will provide each teacher with a Guidebook.  Your program is not fully-guided.  While there will be Animal Ark representatives with you through the majority of your visit, this Guidebook provides fun information about the animals you will see (in the order in which your group will arrive at each animal) for you to share when we’re not right there with you.
  4. Following the directions given by the Field Trip Host, you will begin moving through the facility.  Please help us maintain a good pace.  We suggest viewing each animal for an average of two minutes.
  5. At each animal, you have your choice of information to share.  We have their personal histories posted at each animal and we have provided fun facts about the animal’s biology, ecology, and behavior in the Guidebook.
  6. Our Educators will meet you throughout the park to share information about key animals and answer questions.
  7. At two locations in the park, the Educators will lead your class in a grade-specific activity.  Be ready to take pictures!  Some of these activities include silly costumes!
  8. As you exit the park, an Educator (probably the Host) should be there to collect your Guidebook and receive any initial feedback you may be able to provide.  If not, please drop off the Guidebook just inside the Admissions Office.
  9. Following the program, enjoy lunch at our large picnic and playground area.  Please note, Animal Ark hosts up to 5 classes per day.  If you have fewer than 5 classes, you may be sharing the picnic areas with another school.
  10. Following lunch, if time allows, you are welcome to re-enter the park to view favorite animals, an afternoon feeding if scheduled.  We also stock our Gift Shop with some student-appropriate items if you would like to allow the students to shop.
These are available on an extremely limited basis and are fully-guided, in-depth tours of our facility.  Our Educators will discuss many concepts with your students.  Due to time, we will not be able to discuss each animal’s personal History as well.  You may introduce these individual stories by visiting the Animals section of our website.

What to expect while you’re here:

  1. Upon arrival, our Wildlife Educators will come meet your classes in the parking lot.  As your classes are ready, they can head to one of the Educators, who will introduce the students to Animal Ark and discuss our guidelines.
  2. The Host will guide you through the entire park, discussing each animal in detail.  There will likely not be time to discuss the reasons each animal is at Animal Ark.
  3. If you will be requiring the students to complete an assignment during the tour, please send us a copy of the assignment in advance.  We may be able to help tailor the assignment and the tour to each other for a more seamless educational experience.
  4. There will not be a restroom stop on the tour.  You may have the students use the restrooms in the parking lot before starting the program.
  5. Following the program, enjoy lunch at our large picnic and playground area.  Please note, Animal Ark hosts up to 5 classes per day.  If you have fewer than 5 classes, you may be sharing the picnic areas with another school.
  6. Following lunch, if time allows, you are welcome to re-enter the park to view favorite animals, an afternoon feeding if scheduled.  We also stock our Gift Shop with some student-appropriate items if you would like to allow the students to shop.
This program is designed for flexibility and is best for groups with young children (e.g. preschools), with a wide range of ages (e.g. homeschools), or with students with special needs who would not do well on the programs above (e.g. Comprehensive Life Skills programs).  This is not a guided program.  Our Educators will meet you at a few locations with fun, educational items.  Your questions and your students’ questions will dictate content from there.  You may visit the Animals or Learn about Animals sections of our website for more information when preparing for your trip.

What to expect while you’re here:

  1. Upon arrival, our Wildlife Educators will meet your classes in the parking lot.  As your classes are ready, they can head to one of the Educators, who will introduce the students to Animal Ark and discuss our guidelines.  Please note: we ask groups to use the Sani-Huts in the parking lot, not our running water restrooms to help conserve water for our animals.  You may have the students use the Sani-Huts before meeting the Educator.
  2. The Educator will provide you directions into the park, and may guide you a short way.  This is not a fully-guided program.
  3. As you move through the facility, our Educators will meet your group with fun, educational items such as skulls, claws, and interactive demonstrations.  Your questions and your students’ interests will guide the program from there!
  4. Following the program, enjoy lunch at our large picnic and playground area.  Please note, Animal Ark hosts up to 5 classes per day.  If you have fewer than 5 classes, you may be sharing the picnic area with another school.
  5. Following lunch, if time allows, you are welcome to re-enter the park to view favorite animals, an afternoon feeding if scheduled.  We also stock our Gift Shop with some student-appropriate items if you would like to allow the students to shop.

Continuing the experience after your trip:

Animal Ark has provided a few lesson plans and activities that you may find interesting.  Some other ideas:

  • Many teachers have students write a letter telling what they learned.  Our Educators LOVE reading these!  You may send them to Animal Ark, P. O. Box 60057, Reno, NV 89506.
  • Have the students each pick one animal.  Depending on the grade and your time frame, have the students write about the animal.  This may include just a few favorite facts, or a more detailed report.  Students may use AnimalArk.org/Learn-about-Animals as a resource.
  • Another variation on the report is a chance to interview a keeper.  One of our keepers could Skype into your classroom to answer questions, serving as a resource for the student’s report.

We are always open to new ideas.  If you have had an activity work well, PLEASE share it!  You may send your feedback and ideas to [email protected].