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Rhino Encounters June 2017
We are working with Southwick's Zoo to give zoo visitors a unique way to learn more about rhino conservation! All proceeds from rhino encounters are donated to rhinoceros conservation. Rhino encounters last about an hour in total. Participants first watch a brief video about rhinoceros conservation and are then brought to the encounter area where they get to meet and touch Southwick's two white rhino, Thelma and Louise. Spots are limited and must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of rhino encounters. Pricing Non-members: $99 (+ $5.94 processing fee) EARTH Member: $79 (+ $5.94 processing fee) Includes: Admission to the zoo for the day and an encounter with our two white rhinos. Note: Encounters take place before the zoo’s normal hours. Only people who have purchased rhino encounter tickets are allowed entry into the zoo during the encounter. Please meet us at 9:00am at the zoo’s front entrance the day of your encounter. Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA. Encounter Guidelines Rhino Encounter participants must be at least 12 years of age. Those under 18 must also be accompanied by a paid adult. We suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals. Cancellation/Reschedule Policy: If you need to cancel your encounter, we require at least 1 week's notice for full refund. If you need to reschedule to another date, please contact us at least 1 week in advance with a new desired date. We cannot reschedule encounters to a date that does not have an appropriate number of openings remaining, so please check the list of dates on the registration page first. If poor weather is predicted for the day of your encounter, you may reschedule to another date. In this case, please try to contact us as early as possible to reschedule. Rhino Encounter T-Shirts: Participants can purchase T-Shirts at the EARTH Discovery Center the day of their encounter. T-Shirts are $25/each and available in ladies’ and men's sizing.

When: Jun 3, 2017 9am in Mendon, MA

Junior ZooKeeping 2017

Junior ZooKeeping is a one of a kind experience for children interested in animals and their care! EARTH Ltd works with Southwick's Zoo to provide this program which allows children the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how animals are cared for here at the zoo and what it takes to be a zookeeper. Junior Zookeepers assist with diet preparation, create enrichment, help care for some animals, and more. Note: Children must be registered at least 24 hours in advance. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Pricing per session Non-Members: $50/child EARTH Members: $40/child Note to members: To receive your member discount, click "enter promotional code" when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith's code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe's code would be DOEJA. Time 9:00am-12:00pmClick the Register button above to see available dates Ages 6-9 years 10-12 years 13-16 years Program Notes: Each session has a limited number of spots available. The ages 6-9 sessions have a maximum of 4 spaces, and the 10-12 and 13-16 sessions have 5 spaces each. The registration page will show the remaining spaces for each date. Children must be registered at least 24 hours in advance. Full payment is due at the time of registration. We recommend that children participating wear appropriate footwear, such as sneakers, for walking around the zoo. Children should bring a small backpack or other bag to carry a water bottle and snack. Drop Off (9:00am) and Pick Up (noon) for Junior ZooKeeping will be by the picnic tables near the parking lot. Topics Herbivores What does a rhino eat? How do you care for a giraffe? What is the softest herbivore in the world? What does a porcupine like to play with? Come learn about our plant-eating pals and help plan their diet, make them some enrichment, and get an up-close and personal hands on experience with some of our favorite herbivores! Carnivores Meat is on the menu!  What does a lion love?  What does a coati crave? What does a snake snack on? Learn how we feed our carnivorous critters and help us make them some lunch. You will also learn how the keepers entertain some of our smartest and most dangerous animals by making them enrichment. You’ll even get a chance to interact with some of our sharp toothed inhabitants. Primates Help us make toys for our monkeys to monkey around with. Pick out produce for our peckish Patas monkeys. Jr ZooKeepers will get to meet a marmoset and get to know a galago. Primates are our closest relatives, learn how much they are they are like us and how they are different. Birds Birds are some of the smartest animals in the Animal Kingdom, so what exactly does it take to care for the closest living relatives of the dinosaurs?  Why don’t they fly away? How can they talk? What can we tell about a bird by its beak?  Jr ZooKeepers get to make macaw munchies, play with a parrot, and chill with a chicken.  Break out of your shell and help us care for our fascinating feathered friends.

When: Jun 15, 2017 9am in Mendon, MA

Summer Wild Adventure Programs

Make your child's Summer vacation a Wild Adventure! EARTH Ltd and Southwick's Zoo offer a variety of 3-5 day programs for students in grades K-9. EARTH Ltd members save 10% on registration. Note to EARTH members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith=SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. June 26-30 Adventures & Ecosystems Grades 4-69:00am-4:00pm$335 non-member / $301.50 EARTH Ltd. member Each day of this program focuses on a different ecosystem. Students will learn the characteristics of each ecosystem, what animals live there, and what adaptations these animals have to allow them to survive in their habitats. July 5-7Introduction to Animal Ecology Grades K & 19:00am-12:00pm$150 non-member / $137.50 EARTH Ltd. member This shorter, 3 day program for younger children provides a fun basic introduction to animal ecology. Students participate in a number of hands on activities, arts and crafts, and more. July 10-14Animal Behavior Grades 2 & 39:00am-4:00pm$335 non-member / $301.50 EARTH Ltd. member Students will look at what makes each type of animal unique and their adaptations that make them best suited for where they live. Kids will learn through hands on activities and even meet a few of our animals up close and personal. July 17-21Adventures & Ecosystems Grades 4-69:00am-4:00pm$335 non-member / $301.50 EARTH Ltd. member Each day of this program focuses on a different ecosystem. Students will learn the characteristics of each ecosystem, what animals live there, and what adaptations these animals have to allow them to survive in their habitats. July 24-28Introduction to Animal Ecology Grades 1 & 29:00am-12:00pm$160 non-member / $144 EARTH Ltd. member This program for younger children provides a fun basic introduction to animal ecology. Students participate in a number of hands on activities, arts and crafts, and more. July 31-August 4Teen Zoology Grades 7-99:00am-4:00pm$395 non-member / $355.50 EARTH Ltd. member This program is for older students interested in learning about careers relating to zoology. Students will spend time at the zoo as well as attending off site excursions including a whale watch and trip to The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. August 7-11Animal Behavior Grades 2 & 39:00am-4:00pm$335 non-member / $301.50 EARTH Ltd. member Students will look at what makes each type of animal unique and their adaptations that make them best suited for where they live. Kids will learn through hands on activities and even meet a few of our animals up close and personal. Program Notes Drop Off Time: 9:00am at the top of the zoo’s small parking lot near the main gate (there is a sign) Pick up Time: 4:00pm (noon for July 24-28 and July 5-7 programs) at the top of the zoo’s small parking lot near the main gate (there is a sign) Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We spend most of the day outdoors and do a large amount of walking, so we recommend that children do not wear sandals or open toed shoes. Children should bring:Water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat/visor, backpack. Depending on the weather each day, you may want to pack additional clothing such as a sweatshirt, additonal pair of socks, etc. For more information, please contact: Jan Weatherbee, Program Coordinator, at 508-478-0225 or jnwthrb@comcast.net Bob Clark, Program Director, at earthltdsummerprogram@gmail.com

When: Jun 26, 2017 9am in Mendon, MA

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About Mendon, MA
The Town Mendon was founded in 1667 and is located in Worcester County and is the oldest town in the county.

Mendon consists of about 6000 year round residents.

The town hosts annual fairs every year. The Country Fair and the Strawberry Festival attract anywhere from 4 to 14000 visitors each year.