Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22: Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days

Photo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Day 22: While at Disney's Animal Kingdom back in September, we had the privilege of having a wonderful brunch, followed by a Safari Tour with our families, and then, we wrapped up our time doing hands-on learning for three awesome Animal Programs:
Today is the day I had set aside to share about Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation
But really, want to add that the time we spent at Animal Kingdom learning about all three programs really made an impression, as they all seem great! What was neat in particular about 
Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation is that it gives class participants the chance to explore diversity across all walks of life as well as how animals respond to conservation challenges.
Living in where we live in Florida where there has been quite a bit of suburban sprawl, we have seen the impact of animals who have to find a new place to call home because of expansion. Our subdivision has seen the likes of Florida Panthers, Bobcats, Alligators, and even African Killer Bees that have ended up searching for new digs to call home because of all of the homes and businesses that have been built here. 
Disney Youth is doing so much to support Animal Conservation! They work collaboratively and are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and that speaks volumes as far as how well they treat the animals and how involved they are in conservation and research efforts. 
Disney's Animal Kingdom is doing so much with respect to animal conservation that they just won a huge AZA Award
“All creatures great and small” is a great motto for the caretakers at a park like Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This last week at the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums meeting, they received Top Honors at the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award for their efforts to breed the endangered Taveta golden weaver. (Source:Disney Blog)
 
Photos from The Disney Blog. Photos taken by Jack Frost. Used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company. 

As soon as our sons are old enough to attend, we would love for both of them to attend all three Disney Youth Animal Programs with some of their buddies from our Sunrise Learning Lab program, as well as our homeschool co-op friends. 

Bring environmental studies lessons to life with this 3-hour program at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park. Students in grades 6-12 gain new perspective while discovering how all people and animals are connected, and how each uniquely responds to environmental challenges. Your group will study different cultural perspectives on conservation, challenges to fossil fuels and the human development of renewable energy. Students will work together using their new knowledge to create an effective conservation action plan.  
Key Learning Points During this interactive field study, students will:
  • Discuss challenges to fossil fuel and renewable energy use with regard to human development and consumption.
  • Explore how human decision-making affects animals and the environment.
  • Learn about diversity by acknowledging that conservation involves many people with different beliefs, interests and backgrounds.
  • Develop new directions of thought and become motivated to get involved in conservation in their own lives and communities.
  • Use a problem-based approach to create a conservation plan of action with their new found skills and fresh perspective.
  • Understand the importance of teamwork as an important tool in both conservation and everyday life. 
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
(Source: Disney Youth) 

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

We are happy to announce our gifted pilot program starting Fall of 2014!

We are happy to announce our gifted pilot program starting Fall of 2014!
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