Invite our educators to your school or organization for an up-close look at the natural world.

Download the Program Registration Form

About Our Programs

We’ve designed our programs using wild animal encounters with CWC’s live wildlife ambassadors, including snakes, turtles, raptors, songbirds, opossums or other wild animals. Programs may further incorporate stories, games, artifacts and other interactive experiences designed to enlighten and excite participants to the wonders of the natural world.

  • Programs are 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Maximum audience size is 100 participants.
  • Includes live encounters with one (or more) of our non-releasable wildlife.
  • Can be customized to coincide with a specific unit of study.
  • Adapted for age and grade level.


CWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and charges program fees to offset the cost of animal care.

  • The base cost for one program is $150. Consecutive programs can be provided on the same day at the same location for a discount of $50 per additional program.
  • Audiences larger than 100 participants are designated as an assembly program and required an additional $100 fee.
  • Fees apply for travel over 30 miles from the center, based on mileage and travel time. Overnight travel requires an additional location-specific accommodation fee.

Reserve a Program

Complete and mail the program registration form along with the program fee to:

Carolina Wildlife Center
5551 Bush River Road,
Columbia, SC 29212
Attn: Wildlife Education

You may email your reservation to, but fees must be received seven days before the program date to keep the reservation.


Our wildlife educators will be happy to assist you in choosing a date and topic for your program. Please call us at (803) 772-3994, or email our wildlife educator at

Please review CWC’s complete terms of agreement for reserving a program.

Available Outreach Programs

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Delve into the world of natural habitats and the creatures calling them home. Students investigate wildlife and discover how adaptations help wildlife survive within their environment. What makes an opossum play dead? Why do turtles have different feet? How does camouflage benefit an animal? Our wildlife ambassadors provide the clues to answer these questions and more.

Turtle Hurdles

Have you ever wondered if turtles can really move to a larger shell as shown in cartoons? Do all turtles swim? How is a turtle so different from other reptiles? Children discover what makes this ancient creature unique and why many species of turtles are threatened with extinction today. Students leave knowing how they can positively affect the future of turtles.

Litter Harms a Critter

Thousands of animals are injured or killed each year because of litter. Using actual animal stories, this program shows children the many hidden dangers that litter poses to wildlife. Students are put through a “recycling challenge” to discover the benefits of recycling for wildlife and the environment.

If You Care, Leave Them There

Do birds reject their young if touched? Each spring millions of young birds, squirrels, fawns and other wild animals enter this world. Their parents are programmed to take care of them, but sometimes people intervene. To rescue or not to rescue, that is the question. Students will learn the “dos and don’ts” for rescuing wildlife and leave the program with the answers they need to answer that question.

Urban Wildlife: As Close as Your Backyard

Neighborhoods keep growing and changing and wildlife is losing habitat, forcing them to move into our backyards. Opossums that climb, snakes that slither and birds that fly – our backyards are filled with countless fascinating creatures to protect! Students learn how animals have adapted to living close to humans and how we can make our neighborhoods safer for them.

Keep the “Wild” in Wildlife

Wild animals are fascinating creatures and sometimes it seems cool to feed a wild animal by hand or even keep one as a pet. This program examines the differences between domestic pets and wild animals and why bringing a wild animal into your home may be riskier than you think. Children discover why it’s best to keep the “wild” in wildlife.

Interactive Wildlife Program

This is a unique program integrating live animals with a “hands-on” component, encouraging students to explore and experience the natural world up close. Children are engaged with the introduction of “wildlife ambassadors” and a stand-alone, sensory-learning display that incorporates colorful graphics, samples (birdhouses, feeders) and artifacts (nests and eggs). This program is a fun way for young people to learn through experience about wildlife and introduce them to the important concept of conservation. NOTE: This is for groups of 25 or less.

From Shells to Scales & Tails

Utilizing live birds, reptiles and artifacts from both, students have fun discovering the similarities and differences of these strange animals that hatch from eggs. They may seem different at first, but students are amazed to discover just how similar birds and reptiles really are!

Whoo’s Stirring in the Shadows?

When we go to sleep at night, a whole other world comes alive. Meet some of these mysterious nocturnal animals and learn how they use special adaptations to survive in a world of darkness.

Animals People Love to Hate

Bats flying into hair and snakes chasing people are stories we often hear, but are they true? Students unravel the mysteries behind such strange, but beneficial creatures. We identify fact from fiction and children gain a better understanding and respect on these misunderstood animals and their turbulent relationship with humans.

Animal Abodes

This program is a great way for students to learn about the homes of wildlife animals. Are birds’ nests all made the same? Do all birds nest in trees? Where do they go when it rains? Students get to meet some of these amazing animals that create unique homes.