During this time, inspire your clients, and their kids, to take a little vacation from their couch. One, that might inspire them to see the destination in real life once travel is open again.
Starting Monday, March 23, Jungle Island will introduce new virtual online learning opportunities for kids’ ages 5 to 12 years old.
All you have to do is visit the park’s Facebook or Instagram pages at 11 a.m. each weekday (Monday-Friday), and Jungle Island’s education manager Emma Guss will post cool photos and a weblink to where kiddos and parents can locate the lesson of the day. Look out for new themes every week, ranging from Everglades Exploration, Spread Your Wings, Primate Practices and more. Guss will lead the virtual learning exercises and has designated Tuesdays and Thursdays as “homework” days.
“While schools are closed and kids are bored and stuck at home, we decided to bring some of Jungle Island’s fine-feathered, scaly and cuddly friends directly to the computers of our young fans,” says Guss, who has an environmental science teaching background. “Each assignment is full of surprises and is designed to keep kids’ busy for hours, while they discover fun facts about animals, protected national parks, and the crucial role they can play in conserving wildlife and endangered species.”
During the fun educational lessons, youngsters will have the opportunity to virtually meet Senor Jefe, a popular Andean condor at Jungle Island; Mama Cass, the only tame cassowary on the planet; Luna the rambunctious black-and-white ruffed lemur; Rocco, an adorable and very mischievous capuchin monkey, to name a few. Children will get to explore the marshy wetlands of the Everglades and the wildlife that call it home. Best of all, participants will receive updates on what Jungle Island’s beloved animals are up to while the attraction is temporarily closed to park patrons in support of worldwide efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
For nearly 85-years, Jungle Island has proudly provided educational programs and tools for teachers to bring back to the classroom, and now with virtual learning assignments that students can do at home with families might inspire future travel.
Use this time to inspire educational travel to your clients. Kids visiting Jungle Island can take part in overnight expeditions that encourage interest in nature and wildlife discovery—great for camps, girl scouts, boy scouts, and other groups. For the teachers on your roster, Jungle Island offers unique teacher professional development, STEM education and outreach programs, Jungle Island is also a valuable resource for interactive and sensory-based learning.
Assignments will be posted each weekday at jungleisland.com/homeschool, which will go LIVE by Monday. For any questions on the virtual learning, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more info on Jungle Island, visit jungleisland.com.