Take Your Nature Walk to the Next Level: Lindsay Wildlife Experience

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It’s sunny out and the kids are almost out of school—kick off the summer with an educational outdoor adventure put on by one of the Bay’s best wildlife centers. Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers a myriad of programs for families go above and beyond a day at the zoo. Keep reading to see which experience fits your family best (but hurry before they fill up)!

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Photo by Shari Wargo Stamps

Creature Hikes
Face your fears with one of the real in the wild hikes presented by Lindsay Wildlife Experience Volunteers. April boasted a tarantula hike where kids and parents scoured the ground for tarantula burrows and discovered a spider toting eggs. But every Saturday from June 4–July 9 hikers ages 6 and older can embark on a nighttime hike like no other — One with neon scorpions! Volunteers say these bright scorpions cover an entire hillside at Mt. Diablo State Park when they come out at night. This exciting 2-mile hike definitely isn’t for the squeamish, but adventurers big and small will adore the time spent together learning about their natural surroundings from Lindsay’s helpful volunteers.

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Photo by Shari Wargo Stamps

Ongoing Classes and Tours
Take advantage of Lindsay’s year-round Preschool Program, where kiddos can partake in 4-week classes like digging for dinosaurs and other adventures, or the Mini Monday Program, with a different theme and activity each week. Homeschoolers ages 6-12 may choose from a variety of different 4-week programs not regularly offered, too! Have a nature-loving teen on your hands? Check out Lindsay’s Young Naturalists Club for ages 11-16, or ways they can become a camp helper. If you’re interested in just popping in to check out Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s regular daily activities there’s still oodles to do! From a behind the scenes at a wildlife hospital presentation to petting time, animal talk and enrichment time to cool “Meet the Ambassador” there are a myriad of ways to learn about and interact with new animals!

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Photo by Shari Wargo Stamps

Special Events
Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers free admission on the third Friday of every month, and also free admission to military personnel and their immediate family members as part of the Blue Star Program from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Birthdays, space rentals, group and troop events are also common at Lindsay. Summer boasts a number of special events such as Member Tuesdays when the Lindsay Wildlife Experience is only open to Members, movie nights, family nights, and special talks.

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Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Click HERE to check out more details about Lindsay Wildlife Experience Summer activities and register.

Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Exhibit Hours: Wed.–Sun. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. (Event Hours Vary)
Cost: $8.50/Adults, $7.50/Seniors 65+, $6.50/Ages 2-17, Free for kids under 2, members and on the third Friday of each month
Online: lindsaywildlife.org

How do you teach your kids about the natural world around them?

–Shari Wargo Stamps