Education And Outreach
Teaching How to Help
Our main mission is to keep wildlife wild by providing quality, compassionate care to native Florida wildlife. We are also always happy to answer questions when anyone calls about the wildlife they have encountered and aren’t quite sure how to handle the situation. However, the Florida Wildlife Hospital also offers educational programs and outreach.
This team is composed of volunteers who devote their time to helping educate our community about the importance of wildlife and how to safely assess and handle common situations that can arise. We have been asked to speak at schools, scout meetings, women’s leagues, business events/ meetings, community festivals, nursing homes, and so many more.
Due to the recent challenges our world is facing, adapting to meet safe practices is key to being able to continue our educational programming. Florida Wildlife Hospital now offers virtual programs for all ages. Whether you are an adult looking to spice up your weekly ZOOM calls, a family looking to learn more about our facility, or a teacher/counselor looking for virtual programs for your children, we are here to help! Below are some of the options we offer for virtual programs. We are also able to offer all of our off-site programs in a virtual setting as well. You can click the link below to pay for one of these programs and our Events Coordinator will reach out to you via the e-mail you provide to schedule a date and time.
Due to the nature of our facility being a working hospital and the desire to keep human contact with our patients to a minimum, we are unable to offer programs at our facility which is why our team travels all over Brevard County. Our programs are generally 45-minutes to 1 hour in length and can be done as an informal presentation, a formal lecture with a PowerPoint presentation, or we can set up a booth at a festival type event. We offer several different programs depending on your group’s needs:
The most popular portion of our programs though is our ability to bring some of our animal ambassadors along. These animals are permanent residents of the hospital that could not be released into the wild for a variety of reason. They are always a huge help in explaining the importance of wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts. For more information on our animal ambassadors, please see our Adopt an Ambassador page.
FWH also offers an add-on to the All About Owls program which includes: 1-hour program with owl pellets, handouts, and instruments of dissection. Sterilized owl pellets are $1.00 each and are not always available so please plan well in advance. You can also opt to purchase the pellets individually and have the students study them as part of your own program. Please reach out to our Events Coordinator for more details on this program add-on at Events@floridawildlifehospital.org
During challenging financial times, non-profit organizations are especially hard hit. In less stressful times, our very modest budget is carefully planned to provide maximum care to our patients as well as the maintenance of our facility. This is done almost exclusively through public donations. Therefore, we regrettably cannot provide educational programs or event services without a monetary donation, which is determined by the length of the program, number of animals, and distance traveled. We hope that you will consider supporting our organization by scheduling an educational program for your next event. Due to a high volume of requests for programs, please contact us as far in advance as possible to reserve your program. For prices and to schedule your virtual program, off-site program, or individual owl pellets, click the link below!
Learning At Home?
To schedule a program or for additional information, please contact the Florida Wildlife Hospital Program Coordinator Chelsea Goss at Events@floridawildlifehospital.org or call us at (321) 254-8843.