Staten Island Zoo 2013 Summer Workshop Series

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo
2013 Summer Workshop Series

STATEN ISLAND ZOO; 614 Broadway, West Brighton, Staten Island, New York 10310
Open daily 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
Detailed information about these programs is available on the Zoo’s website, www.statenislandzoo.orgor by calling 718.442.3101.

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Saturday, May 25: “Atka at the Zoo”

Two one-hour programs: Noon & 2:00pm

Atka represents Arctic gray wolves that live primarily in the Arctic, a land covered

with snow and ice for most of the year, where Atka’s white fur, allows him to blend

into snowy surroundings. Atka is an “ambassador wolf” of the Wolf Conservation

Center, whose mission is to educate people about wolves, their relationship in the

environment and the human role in protecting their future. Because Arctic gray

wolves populate isolated areas, they are not threatened by humans, nor by habitat

destruction, like their brothers and sisters living below the Arctic region. Yet, Atka’s

message speaks for them and the concern that threatens their species.

Saturday, June 1: Zooborns!


It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl! It’s a gosling! Welcome to the only place on Staten Island where

we welcome Zoo Babies. An afternoon of baby shower games, prizes and non-stop

introductions to all the new members of our zoo family, including four lambs, three

groundhogs, and two emus. There are over 30 pheasants expected, too.

Sunday, June 9: Conservation Celebration


It’s a party for the planet! The zoo will be crowded with all of Mother

Nature’s friends: environmental groups, recyclers, ocean defenders and all of our

conservation buddies. Make a planting to take home, play games and enjoy our

fair-like celebration of all the things that make our world so special. And, we are

featuring Staten Island’s premiere jug band – Wahoo Skiffle Crazies.

Saturday, June 15: ZooQuest!


Zoo-wide scavenger hunt, trivia and activity game. Form teams or play as an

individual. Prizes for the winners. Can you complete all the questions? Find all the

items? Complete all the activities?

Saturday, June 22: Enrichment Day


Have a play date with the zoo animals! Exciting new “toys” that help keep the animals

healthy through exercise are going to be introduced all over the zoo. Keeper talks at

each exhibit as we explain what fun toy we are introducing and why.

Sunday, June 30: Forensic Entomology


Learn how some of the most notorious crimes are solved by the smallest clues

– botanical evidence and invertebrates. Using microscopes, magnifying glasses,

tweezers and specimen collection bags, we can look for clues to a variety of “crimes”.

Various crimes scenes are provided and participants can solve the crime by looking for

clues in nature. Larva, pollen and even bird nests can help us solve these crimes.

Sunday, July 7: The Dirt on Dirt


What is dirt? What lives in the dirt? What eats it? Get the scoop on the world under

your feet. Dirt or soil consists of a mixture of finely ground rock, minerals, and a variety

of living and dead lifeforms. This nutrient-rich layer extends downward about as deep

as plant roots extend. Soil contains all the nutrients needed by plants to survive.

An important part of soil is the part that is alive. Many different bacteria, algae and

fungi do important jobs that make life possible. Without these basic lifeforms performing

these important roles, more complex lifeforms could not survive. Make dirt work for

you, too, with take-home plantings.

Saturday, July 13: “Gyotaku.”


Artist/instructor, Joseph Mullins began making impressions from fish he caught in 2005,

following the traditional method of Japanese fish printing. Freshly caught specimens will

be used to discuss the types of fish that can be found in local waters. Every participant

experiences a hands-on gyotaku session. The rubbings are made on a quality mulberry

paper and can be mounted on board or plexi glass that makes a beautiful translucent

image. These rubbings can also be used in collages. Learn print making, while also

addressing sustainability issues.

Sat., July 20 & Sun., July 21: TALONS


Lorrie Schumacher is a Master Falconer who has created a uniquely innovative and

inspiring Bird Of Prey Experience. Lorrie’s stresses the importance of raptors in the

global environment and man’s responsibility to the balance of the planet. This unique

opportunity presents these fascinating birds up close in an exciting and educational

exhibit. It’s an experience of a lifetime!

Saturday, July 27: Animal Photography


A workshop presented by John Ares to improve your photographs of animals. This

well-travelled professional photographer will show you how using any equipment from

cell phone cameras to DSLRs. Trained as a Biologist / Marine Food Toxicologist,

Ares is a uniquely versatile photographer: Underwater, Nature, Travel, Lifestyle and

Fine Art. Many animal subjects will be discussed including birds, bees and bears.

Animal behavior will be discussed and basic animal photography techniques that

apply no matter what your equipment. We will focus on likely places to find animal

subjects starting at home with your pets, the backyard and expand to Zoos, the park,

wilderness expeditions and a brief overview of underwater photography. An opportunity

for live photography will be provided.

Sunday, August 4: Dinosaurs and Fossils


Dinosaur enthusiasts, Harry Strano and Richie Mirissis — using fossil evidence —

will take you back several million years when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Fossil

digs and rubbings as well as a display of authentic relics will be available. Speak to

the experts about the fossil-rich history in our area. Did you know that a crab fossil

dating back 65 million years was found on Staten Island and named kleinfelderi

after Walter Kleinfelder, the CurtisHigh School student who found it?

Sunday, August 11: Origami USA


Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which has evolved into a

modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished

sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. OrigamiUSA is the largest origami

organization in the US and is located at the AmericanMuseum of Natural History.

Participants will be led through the process that will create different origami animals

simply by skillfully folding. Each person can make 2-3 animals each.

Saturday, August 17: Animal Training Demo.


In our Zoo it is really important to keep our animals healthy and engaged through

enrichment “toys” and behavioral training programs. Animal behavior training is an

important part of zoo life so our animals are able to interact with their keepers …

and YOU in a special way. You’ll enjoy watching our animals show off their new tricks.

Saturday, August 24: Serpent Day


Come see the snakes of the zoo outside of their glass tanks. Keeper talks and

presentations of our exhibit snakes will thrill even the most seasoned snake lover.

Guess the weight and length of our biggest and smallest snakes for fantastic prizes.

Lots of snake feedings and opportunities to touch these beautiful creatures

Saturday, August 31: Monkey Music


Monkey Music began in 2001, when educator/songwriter Meredith LeVande

– acting on the way that music engaged the “whole child” – began writing and

performing songs that supported children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Since then Monkey Monkey Music, has been a kiddie staple, framing such iconic

shows as Sesame Street and Curious George, on more than 100 public television

stations in 80 plus markets.