Birthday, Library, Scouts and Other Programs


"An amazing experience!! My girls can't stop talking about it. Thank you!!!" -Katie, party attendee

Each program runs about 45 minutes plus an additional 20 minutes afterwards for more snake interaction opportunities, but may vary slightly depending on group size. For larger audiences, I like to walk around more with each snake so that everyone has an opportunity to see them up close. Because of this, programs may take a little longer with large groups.

What will I Cover in your Birthday Party or other Program?

From tongue flicking and shedding skin to reptiles you can find in your own backyard, I cover many topics in my programs using an assortment of props and live animals! For younger audiences (3-5 years old) I focus mostly on colors, feels, and how snakes are different than people. For older kids I generally talk about the food chain, environment and ecological benefits of snakes and reptiles. For all ages, I talk about what makes an animal a reptile, what makes snakes so unique, native snakes to the area, cool reptile facts and more! Audience members even get to feed some of the animals. Most of my reptiles and amphibians are native species, making them great examples of what you might find in your own backyard. Watch as your younger audience members transform into hognose snakes displaying their impressive defense mechanism: rolling onto their back to play dead!

"What a great Reptile Party! I was so impressed with how engaged and intrigued all the kids (and me) were the entire time..."(full comment on Testimonials page) -Leah, birthday party attendee

Cub, Girl, and Boy Scout Troops:

I am a certified Counselor for the Reptiles & Amphibians Study Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America, and I am more than happy to help scouts achieve this badge. Troops can book my program so that everyone can learn about reptiles while also getting off to a great start at earning the badge. Or just book a program to have a fun reptile-themed day for your troop!

Libraries:

Draw in people of all ages by booking a program at your library! I have a very flexible schedule, and am able to do programs at any time of day. You could even pair up my program with a reptile-themed storytime! The audience will have a memorable experience with live amphibians and reptiles, engaging activities and fun learning! *NEW for 2017*: I am now offering two new programs- "Totally Turtles!" and "Reptiles Around the World" for you to pick from if you want to try something different. See the Home page for descriptions.

Toddler Programs:

For toddlers, we're dealing with shorter attention spans. So, I offer and recommend booking a half program (roughly 20 minutes) for $65, where I just focus on introducing them to reptiles in a positive way to start them out as animal-lovers. Daycare providers: Please ensure that all parents of the children in your care are aware of the event. I suggest giving parents a permission slip to sign stating that they're comfortable with their kid(s) touching reptiles and amphibians. Kids of parents who do NOT sign the permission slip can still enjoy the program without touching the animals.

For all Programs:

One of the most exciting parts of these programs is when kids actually get to watch a snake eat a [frozen/thawed] mouse firsthand! This is a great way to demonstrate the food chain in action!


Fees:

$120 per program (45-minute presentation followed by 20-30 minutes of "Reptile Handling Time"), plus a small mileage fee depending on where you live. Any additional programs schedule for the same day are just $90 each! Fees are negotiable depending on desired program length, audience size, etc. Please contact me for details. I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Extras:

I also offer great add-ons that go well with any program!

Add-on #1: A framed snakeskin craft! One audience member (the birthday girl/boy, teacher, scout leader, or whoever you choose) gets to keep a real snakeskin arranged in a frame that everyone can sign for just $20! An example is to the right.

Add-on #2: Real snakeskin shed necklaces! Pick your background color, pendant style (silver or bronze), and chain style (adjustable brown cord or ball-link chain) and I will custom make your very own snakeskin necklace for only $10. An example is to the left. Only snakeskin sheds are used to make these; no animals were harmed in the process. Click here to see all of the styles and colors to choose from!


Reptile "Touch-and-Learn" Tabletop Program

I also provide educational tabletop displays for use at fairs, expos, tradeshows and other functions! I bring an assortment of reptiles and amphibians (though not as many as I bring to normal programs), props, snakeskins, a "Can you Find the Garter Snake?" display tank, and much much more! These are great for large, multi-hour events, as they allow people to stop by to touch reptiles and learn as much or as little about them as they please. The fee for my Reptile Touch-and-Learn Table is just $65 per hour since it's for mostly stop-and-go foot traffic. Examples of the setup are pictured below (exact reptiles may vary):