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Educational Programs:

LIVE ANIMALS ARE USED IN OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMSThe Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to serving the community by providing learning experiences about the fascinating wonders of Florida's wildlife and natural ecosystems. The Sanctuary's educational exhibits, wildlife presentations, and guided nature tours are ideal for schools, special interest groups, scouts, community and civic organizations, clubs, and summer camps. Presentations can be adapted to fit the needs of each individual group and are available on an outreach basis, or at the Sanctuary's new environmental learning center in Jupiter.

Children and adults alike find the Sanctuary's programs to be informative, entertaining, and extremely educational. Because real live animals are used as our visual aids and teaching tools, these programs and field trips are uniquely valuable and offer a wonderful experience in learning about nature. The live animals used in our programs range from the majestic Bald Eagle to the rare Florida Panther, as well as the American Alligator, Indigo Snake, Grey Fox, Great Horned Owl, Red-Tailed Hawk, and many others.

Sanctuary Hosts Free Nature Story Time!

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is more than just a place to see animals, it's a real wildlife adventure! Every Wednesday at 10:30am join Brenda Nickolaus and some of our special animals for storytime geared for young children in our Cypress Amphitheater. Story time offers young children a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Florida's wildlife and natural environments. Afterward, visitors are invited to tour the Sanctuary’s nature trails where they will encounter a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, snakes, and more. For more information call: 561-575-3399.

Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" taped at Busch Wildlife!

We're selling copies of the episode that was taped at our Sanctuary during the summer of 2003. The episode aired on September 27 (WPB, WPTV-Channel 5) at 11am. Ask us about it!

Our regular event schedule is as follows:

  • 3:00 PM Amphitheater wildlife program
  • 4:00 PM Croc and Gator Feeding

  • 3:00 PM Amphitheater wildlife program

  • 9:30 AM Storytime for Toddlers
  • 3:00 PM Amphitheater wildlife program

  • 12:30 Owl Alcove Presentation
  • 3:00 PM Amphitheater wildlife program
  • Fridays: 2:00 PM Snake talk discussion
  • 3:00 PM Amphitheater wildlife program

  • 11:00 AM Amphitheater wildlife program
  • 2:30 PM Amphitheater wildlife program

Sundays: Closed

Special events:

Wildlife Encounters Summer Camp

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to serving the community by providing learning experiences about the fascinating wonders of Florida's wildlife and natural ecosystems. This summer, we are proud to offer seven one-week programs for children ages 6 to 14 years old. The interaction with live animals makes these programs uniquely valuable and will offer your child a wonderful experience in learning about nature. Children will find the Sanctuary's summer program to be informative, entertaining, and extremely educational. The cost per week for the Encounter Program is $250.00 and space is limited. Children will participate in several fun activities designed to teach them about south Florida wildlife, the ecosystems in which they live, and how humans can live in harmony with nature. They will also enjoy arts & crafts, sports, and more. An experienced teacher, along with trained counselors and instructors, will lead the group through a week of fun-filled learning experiences unlike any they have ever had! Each week, their experience will include a field trip to a location such as the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, Lion Country Safari, Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Some field trips may include water activities.

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM the weeks of: June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, and July 27-31. Please contact the Sanctuary at 561-575-3399 for registration.


Come join Busch Wildlife Sanctuary staff and find out about all the little things that “go bump in the night.” Enjoy a nocturnal animal presentation in our amphitheatre, followed by a walk along our nature trail, and end the evening with a campfire and s’mores. Nightwalks are held on the third Friday of the month until March 2009. The evening begins at 7 PM and ends around 9 PM. Please call our office to pre-register: (561) 575-3399. The cost is: $6 for ages 13 and up; $4 for 3 – 12 yr olds; and free for children 2 and under.

Junior Naturalist Program:

Junior Naturalists will experience all facets of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary from animal care and food preparation, to native plant gardening, learning about Florida's wildlife, presenting educational programs, working with wild animals, creating displays, and much more. The Junior Naturalists will spend most of their time outdoors, in a camp style atmosphere. Junior Naturalists must be between the ages of 9 and 14 old and pay associated dues of $75 per six week session to cover expenses of shirts, manuals, activity supplies, and other operational costs. Dues must be paid in full on the first day of each session. Please submit both completed pages below for consideration:

Click Here to Download Page 1 of Junior Naturalist Application

Click Here to Download Page 2 of Junior Naturalist Application

Birthdays at Busch Wildlife:

Celebrate your child's birthday in a unique way at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Our shaded picnic area provides plenty of space for food, cake and games. A special Sanctuary tour and wildlife program in our Cypress Amphitheater will be provided for your child and guests. Our gift shop also offers favor bags with lots of goodies at a special price. Fee: $225 for venue rental, Sanctuary tour and program. Pavilion Rental, $50 addl.

Outreach Programs:

Bring the natural environment to your group. Our unique wildlife programs feature live animals including alligators, crocodiles, hawks, owls, snakes, skunks, opossums and more. The presentations focus on the natural history of the animals, while discussing Florida's ecology, food chains, endangered species, and urban wildlife. Fee; $250 and up based on location and length of program.

Space is limited and all programs are on a first come, first served basis. For more information on any of these programs, please call (561) 575-3399.

Individualized Sanctuary Group Tour:

Take a walk with the wildlife for a guided tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary. A naturalist will lead your group along the nature trails as you visit a variety of habitats with native animals from bald eagles to Florida panthers. Your guide will educate your group about the natural history of Florida's wildlife. You'll learn about endangered species, predator/prey relationships and the need for conservation. This is a one-of-a-kind unique opportunity to meet Florida's native animals face to face and to have all your questions answered by a knowledgeable naturalist. Fee: $3.00 p/p w/$75 minimum.

Sanctuary Tour & Wildlife Program:

Enjoy an up close and personal encounter with some of the Sanctuary's residents by combining a guided tour with an educational program in our Cypress Amphitheater. This program provides your group a hands-on experience while learning about Florida's mammals, birds and reptiles. Fee: $4.00 p/p w/$100 minimum.

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