SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – How animals will react to the upcoming eclipse and lending a helping hand are the topics of separate programs this month at Riverside Discovery Center.
Eclipse Days at the Zoo
Ever wonder how animals react during a Solar Eclipse? Join the staff at Riverside Discovery Center Aug. 17 – 21 for special educational activities and tables related to the history and science of eclipses and their relation to animals. Then join us to watch the main event with the animals of Riverside, the Solar Eclipse, on Monday Aug. 21. Eclipse safety glasses will be available free to all attendees. In addition staff will be grilling out food all week during Eclipse Days at the Zoo and the wet and wild Splash Pad will be open for all the kids to cool off during those hot August days.
Docent recruitment open house
The Riverside Discovery Center will host a special open house in the Heritage Barn at the zoo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 for prospective docents at the facility.
RDC is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, community oriented volunteers who would like to join our Docent program. Docents act as an educator, a guide or help during events and programs or during normal zoo hours.
An example of something a Docent might do is educating children at a table near the Swift Fox exhibit about these animals and other native Nebraskan animals. The Docent would have Zoo artifacts or ‘bio-facts’ at the table to illustrate
Docents are also trained to use live education animals to talk to the public in an educational way about them. Docents help to fulfill RDC’s goal of inspiring all ages to care for animals and the environment.
The open house is open to anyone wanting more information or who’s ready to join up. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with current Zoo Docents and see example tables.
Light snacks and drinks will be provided. If you can’t make it and are interested, please email [email protected]