Live Animals

NPS & KASE teachers can enhance their curriculum with a live animal visit from the Science Center. Our animal collection includes: Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and other invertebrates. Most of these are Short Term Loan Animals while some are available for Special Visits only.

Short Term Animal Loan (one day up to 2 weeks):

The following is a list of animals available for loan to your classroom:

Amphibians
Birds
Fish
Bullfrog
Juvenile Green Frog
Platys
Invertebrates
Mammals
Reptiles
Crayfish
Crickets
Earthworms*
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Mealworms*
Fresh Water Snails
Tarantulas
Box Turtle
Cornsnake
Leopard Gecko
Crested Gecko
Baby Snapping Turtles (one week only)

*These animals must be requested at least two weeks in advance of date needed in classroom.

A Science Center staffer will deliver the animal, introduce it to a classroom, and give students ideas for animal-related observations and activities. The staffer will also discuss the animal's habitat and care.

The animal will arrive with a cage, food, bedding, and care instructions. During the length of the stay, students and teachers are responsible for animal care. The Science Center staff will be available to answer questions and concerns. If the animal visit falls over a long weekend or an extended break, the Science Center will help with arrangements for animal care.

snake

Boris the Cornsnake (RIP) was a popular classroom visitor.

Special Visits

Some animals in our collection require special care and cannot be kept overnight in a classroom. Teachers can request that a Science Center staffer bring the animal in for a brief one-hour visit.

Animal visitors include Torte, our yellow-footed tortoise.

tortoise

Torte, the Yellow-Footed Tortoise, likes to show up at KASE & Kindergarten programs.

Animal Care Student Volunteers - Afternoons from 3:15 - 4:15

Middle School and High school volunteers are encouraged and welcomed during the academic year. Volunteer hours are accumulated and used toward the Community Service graduation requirement. Students learn animal handling and animal care. Interested students can check at their school on how to sign up.

Weekend Animal Caretaker Families

Do you love animals? Are the kids looking for a pet but you are reluctant to commit to a full time pet. Consider becoming a Science Center Animal Caretaking Family. You and you child/ren will get to experience a room full of exotic animals to love, nuture and feed. Science Center staffers will train you on proper care, feeding and socializing techniques. You and your child will visit between Saturday morning and Sunday night on one weekend a month, from October - May, to keep our animals fed, watered and happy. If interested call the Science Center at 781-455-0475.

We also welcome alternate family caretakers to help on an as needed basis to substitute for traveling committed families, during school vacation weeks and/or some holiday weekends.
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