Outreach Confirmation 2018-01-18T12:36:46+00:00

Presentations by Animal Ark

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

Preparing for our visit:

  • 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].
  • Washoe County School District requires each school to complete an Independent Contractor Agreement with Animal Ark prior to our presentation.  If you have not already made arrangements with us to complete this Agreement, please contact [email protected].
  • The Educators will have an Invoice with them when they arrive.  You or your school’s representative may pay the Educators the date of service, or you can mail payment within 30 days to the address on the Invoice.  We accept check, credit cards, and cash.
  • The Educators will need:
    • A medium- to large-sized table at the front of the room, or wherever they will be presenting from.  Please allow enough room for the projector to display on a screen behind the table and for the Educators to move freely between the table and students.
    • A projection system.   The Educators will have a PowerPoint on a thumbdrive which can be shown from your classroom’s projection system.  The file has sound, so please make sure your system can play sound files.  If you would rather, we have our own computer, projector, and screen which we can bring.  Just let us know and provide a power source (with two open three-prong outlets).
  • Please note, we have two types of programs.  Be prepared for your program:
Enjoy a presentation about Hawks & Eagles, Falcons, and Owls that includes a visit from Animal Ark’s red-tailed hawk, Zechariah!

Please Note: While the red-tailed hawk is out of his crate, all traffic through the area must halt.  It is best if we are in an enclosed area where all exits can be closed for the duration of his outing.  We request that there not be any artwork or signs hanging down from the ceiling or lights (the lights themselves are okay).  Finally, a hard floor is preferred, in the case of bird droppings.

What to expect while we’re there:

  1. Upon arrival, the Educators will check in at the office.  Please make sure the office knows we are coming and where we are to go.  There will be two presenters, and possibly one trainee.
  2. Once in the presentation area, it will take the Educators roughly five minutes to set up the PowerPoint and materials.  You can either have the students organized in advance of our arrival, or use this set-up time to have all the classes get situated.
  3. The Educators will introduce themselves, the Animal Ark, and our guidelines for the students.  Both presenters are trained to handle the hawk and may adjust the following order according to Zechariah’s recent behaviors.
  4. Typically, Zechariah will come out just following the Introduction.  Therefore if your principal or someone wanted to see this portion, they should plan to be there at the start of the program.
  5. Zechariah’s visit will conclude with flights between the presenters.  He is on a creance (really long leash) and is trained to fly from keeper to keeper for food.  The quieter and calmer the students are, the farther he tends to fly!
  6. The Educators will discuss Hawks & Eagles, Falcons, and Owls, stopping after each to answer questions.
  7. It will take the Educators about 5 minutes to put away all the materials and close down the PowerPoint.
  8. The Educators should have a Teacher Packet with them, which will include the Invoice, surveys, and any announcements we think you may interested in.  They will try to get this packet to you during clean up.
These come in two “Themes.”  The first Theme is Carnivores, which discusses Owls, Mountain Lions, and Bears while the second, Birds of Prey, discusses Hawks & Eagles, Falcons, and Owls.

What to expect while we’re there:

  1. Upon arrival, the Educators will check in at the office.  Please make sure the office knows we are coming and where we are to go.  There will be two presenters, and possibly one trainee.
  2. Once in the presentation area, it will take the Educators roughly five minutes to set up the PowerPoint and materials.  You can either have the students organized in advance of our arrival, or use this set-up time to have all the classes get situated.
  3. The Educators will introduce themselves, the Animal Ark, and our guidelines for the students.
  4. The Educators will discuss three topics, according to the agreed-upon Theme, and stopping after each to answer questions.
  5. It will take the Educators about 5 minutes to put away all the materials and close down the PowerPoint.
  6. The Educators should have a Teacher Packet with them, which will include the Invoice, surveys, and any announcements we think you may interested in.  They will try to get this packet to you during clean up.

Continuing the experience after our visit:

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].