Live Animal Programs

You’ve seen our educators in schools, nature centers, and libraries across the country – now it’s time to bring our Animal Ambassadors to your classroom!

OBC Live Animal Programs are designed to give young minds the experience of a lifetime. By merging science education with up-close live animal encounters, OBC strives to build a greater understanding and love for one of the world’s most misunderstood animals.

Take a look at all of our offerings below and book the program that’s right for you and your students!

LIVE ANIMAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL

Basically Bats

BASICALLY BATS

Featuring Live Fruit Bats and Insect-eating Bats!

LAP2Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet live bats from around the world and observe the many similarities and differences between these amazing mammals.

The Basically Bats live animal program delivers a positive first experience with bats while providing a developmentally appropriate amount of knowledge about bats and their habitats. Children will be able to share what they learn with others and encourage a more peaceful existence between bats and the public.

Live bats include an insect-eating bat from North America, a leaf-nosed bat from South America, and flying fox bats from Africa.

Ages: Pre-K through 1st Grade

Program Length: 30 to 45 minutes

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Night Creatures

NIGHT CREATURES

What Big Eyes You Have!

LAP3Uncover the secrets to life after dark in this interactive program for young children. Encounter an owl, bats, and other nocturnal animals, as you learn about the fascinating adaptations and survival tools of nighttime creatures.

The Night Creatures program explores the special features and adaptations that make nocturnal animals unique and allow them to survive in the environment they live in. With the use of interactive props, young learners will discover the creatures that are out at night are not to be feared, but respected.

Live animals include an insect-eating bat from North America, a flying squirrel, an owl, and a striped skunk.

Ages: Pre-K through 1st Grade

Program Length: 30 to 45 minutes

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Bats of the World

BATS OF THE WORLD

Featuring a Large Flying Fox!

LAP1Discover the truth about bats and in this exciting multi-media program. Learn about how bats use sound waves (echolocation) to navigate in the dark, their important role in the food web, and conservation practices as your students explore ecosystems from the Great Lakes Region and beyond.

The Bats of the World live animal program delivers a positive experience between bats and humans. It seeks to provide intermediate knowledge about bats, their habitats, and their lives while encouraging participants to lead a more peaceful existence between bats and the public.

Live bats include an insect-eating bat from North America, leaf-nosed bat from South America, and flying fox bats from Africa.

Ages: 2 -12 Grades

Program Length: One hour

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Bat Behavior

BAT BEHAVIOR: INQUIRY-BASED PROGRAM

Overview:

LAP4Inquiry-based learning is a great way to teach science and the scientific method! By taking an active role in collecting data students will stay engaged in their lessons. The purpose of this activity is to utilize the Inquiry method by observing animal behavior, specifically bats, to draw conclusions based on their observations. Building hypotheses is an important part of the Scientific method and will be practiced here. Students will watch and record behaviors from a video demonstrating bat food preference. The first time with their teacher, again on their own, and a third time with an OBC educator when they bring live bats to the classroom. This video will be used to help the students practice inquiry-based science investigation, build science literacy, and begin to discover what a scientist does when conducting their investigations. Studying animal behavior helps in the conservation of many species.

Objectives:

  1. Make observations
  2. Generate questions about bat behavior
  3. Explore books and other information sources
  4. Investigate
  5. Use scientific tools to gather and analyze data
  6. Propose explanations and hypotheses
  7. Communicate results
  8. Meet an expert and live bats, when any remaining questions can be answered

Ages: 3 – 12 Grades

Program Length: Two parts – First part completed before OBC’s visit. Second part done as part of a 1 hour long live animal program.

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Animal Adaptations

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS

Featuring Owls, Bats, and More!

Lap5Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of Michigan’s native nocturnal animals. Learn what adaptations are, how they are formed, and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival.

The Animal Adaptations live animal program explores the relationship between animals and their environment and focuses on the adaptations they have developed in order to survive. A discussion of the similarities between human and animal adaptations will create a strong connection between humans and nature.

Live animals include an insect-eating bat from North America, a flying squirrel, an owl and a striped skunk.

Ages: 2 – 12 Grades

Program Length: 1 hour

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Biodiversity & You

BIODIVERSITY AND YOU

Featuring Live Animals from Around the World!

LAP6Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth. Discover the relationship between plants and animals and identify the features of the global ecosystem. Learn how human beings impact biodiversity and how people can protect biodiversity amidst environmental changes.

The Biodiversity and You live animal program will help students understand about the interconnectedness of all life on our planet as well as what humans can do to protect what biodiversity we have left on Earth.

Live animals may include a large fruit bat, an owl, and a ball python.

Ages: 3 – 12 Grades

Program Length: One hour

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

Gardening for Wildlife

GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE

Learn How to Positively Influence the Environment Around You

LAP7Discover how to attract wildlife to your garden in this exciting multi-media program. Learn how to meet the needs of native wildlife by adding plants and other features such as bat houses and birdbaths.

The Gardening for Wildlife live animal program explores the connection between plants and backyard wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and bats. This engaging and educational program features colorful photos highlighting beautiful native plants, wildlife that you can attract to your garden, and live animals!

Live animals include an insect-eating bat from North America, owl, and a flying squirrel.

Ages: 6 – 12 Grades

Program Length: One hour

Book This Program

Program Fee (groups up to 60 participants in size): $200 for the 1st program, and $150 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 60 – 150): $300 for the 1st program, and $250 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Program Fee (groups 151 – 300): $500 for the 1st program, and $450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Corporate Rate: $500 for the 1st program, and
$450 for each additional program on the same day, at the same location, plus travel charge.

Travel Charges:
$60 : Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
$85 : Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw
$110 : Ingham, Monroe. St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola
$135 : Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Jackson, Lenawee
$160 : Calhoun, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ionia, Midland
$185 : Arenac, Barry, Branch, Clare, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent

All of our programs are aligned with the Michigan GLCE’s.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Other types of Live Animal Programs

Live Exhibits

Learn about bats at your own pace and get a special up close look at animals.

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Visit the Bat Zone

Helping to save and preserve injured and endangered bats and other animals since 2002. Visit us for a tour and an up close view of all of our animals at the Bat Zone located at Cranbrook behind the institute of science.

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Distance Learning

Live too far from us? Bring one of our live animal programs to your students through our Distance Learning option.

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