Singapore, 19 October 2012 – With the school holidays right around the corner, it’s time to immerse the children in some experiential learning, which will definitely get them all excited. Three educational programmes have been planned at Jurong Bird Park for the November / December vacation for children to get an up close encounter with the feathered kind.

The Junior Avian Keeper programme is a one day activity on 23 November for children between the ages of 10-12 years old. As the name suggests, children don keeper uniforms and immerse themselves into the work of the Avian Keepers – preparing feed and enrichment for some of the most fascinating birds. They will get to feed birds with the food they have prepared, and learn how to care for little chicks too. Additionally, participants will also get an introduction to the inner workings of the Bird Park, go behind the scenes to the Avian Hospital to learn more about what it takes to be a veterinarian in the Park, and work under the guidance of keepers from Penguin Coast, Lory Loft and the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC).

A few days later, it’s time to embark on a quest to find out more about birds around us. The 3-Day Bird Quest Camp is a full day activity without a sleep-over component. Happening from 28 – 30 November, each day focuses on a different theme, like Birds of Prey, Feeding Time and Watery World. Children will become little avian experts as they come face to face with the world’s largest and smallest egg, unearth the secrets to nest building, learn about the unique adaptations in birds which make them the masters of flight, and lots more.

Holidays are not quite complete without a sleep-over. How about a cozy sleep-over in full view of the Park’s penguins? Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp is scheduled to be from 1 – 2 December, and the whole family is invited! Families will have plenty to laugh and learn together as they get an up close encounter while feeding birds, learn all about eggs and chicks at the BRC, meet Pinky the Humboldt penguin and have a photograph taken with her, and even pitch a tent for the night! As night falls, owls awaken, it’s time to heed the call to visit the World of Darkness.

There are limited places for each of the activities, so do make a reservation early! For more information on any of the programmes listed above, please visit Public Programmes at http://education.birdpark.com.sg.

Activity details
Junior Avian Keeper programme
Date: 23 November 2012 (Friday)
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Age: 10-12 years old
Cost: $200 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Cyrena Lin at cyrena.lin@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7838.

3-Day Bird Quest Camp
Date: 28 – 30 November (Wednesday – Friday)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (all 3 days)
Age: 7 – 12 years old
Cost: $250 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Amberly Chew at amberly.chew@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7809.

Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp
Date: 1 – 2 December 2012 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 2.00pm (Saturday) – 10.00am (Sunday)
Age: Families with children ages 3 and above
Cost: $110 per adult and $90 per child (excluding 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Ong Peiying at peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7819.

Children see up close how chicks are fed in the Junior Avian Keeper programme

A participant gets a chance to have a Harris Hawk on her fist in the Bird Quest Camp