November 26, 2018
Six Flags Great Adventure Receives Prestigious Animal Education Award
Six Flags Great Adventure recently received the prestigious Zoological Association of America Education Award of Excellence for three of its animal education programs -- Safari Off Road Education, Wild Encounters and Silver Safari.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award. As stewards of the environment, our goal is to help ensure the survival of these amazing species for generations to come, and our passion for education is inspiring children and adults alike to better care for the world around us,” said Dr. Bill Rives, director and chief veterinarian for Six Flags Great Adventure.
The three Six Flags education programs recognized for excellence include:
1. Safari Off Road Education – Six Flags turns its 510-acre safari and theme park into a giant, outdoor classroom. This exclusive, guided tour provides access to 1,200 animals from six continents. Three locations provide a diverse and customizable backdrop for learning and include the Safari Off Road Adventure, Seafari Stadium and Camp Aventura. Students learn about conservation, diet and natural environments for more than 70 species of animals. They can hand-feed towering giraffes, touch a variety of reptiles and snakes, and see other exotic animals up close such as sea lions, a giant anteater and tropical birds. This program corresponds with New Jersey Student Learning Standards for grades K through 8 and is offered on non-operating days in the spring for an optimal learning experience.
2. Wild Encounters – This animal outreach program brings the thrill of the safari into classrooms, senior centers, scouting events and more. Wild Encounters offers three program options that teach about animals’ characteristics, habitats, history and diets while showcasing live, exotic animals and their expert caretakers: Fur, Feathers and Scales for grades K through 5; Behind the Biology for grades 6 through 8, and a customized program. Animal educators present a variety of exotic birds, reptiles and mammals. Participants catch an up-close glimpse of animals such as a two-toed sloth, Moluccan cockatoo and blue-tongued skink, and even touch animals like the black and white tegu and red-tailed boa constrictor. Lesson plans are developed by Six Flags’ state-certified teacher and correspond with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
3. Silver Safari – This exciting education program is geared toward adults age 55+ who want to tour the world’s animals and gain a close-up encounter at their own pace. Guests board open-air Safari trucks with a personal tour guide on days when the theme park is closed for a more personalized experience. Safari staff work to accommodate all activity levels, provide door-to-truck service with minimal walking required, and trucks that can accommodate wheelchairs. Silver Safari Tours are available on non-operating days in the fall.
Education program inquiries can be directed to the Six Flags Safari Programs team at 732-928-2000 ext. 2221 or by emailing [email protected]