The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center (ARL) wrapped up the holidays in style – all green.  Families looking to escape some of their own homes and its holiday chaos, enrolled their children in ARL’s Wildlife Camp held December 28th -30th at the Wildlife Center in Verona, PA.  New this year, the half-day winter camps are geared for students in kindergarten through grade sixth and accepted all children, naughty and nice.

“The kids are able to explore our 16 acre campus while learning about the animals that live around us,” said Alexis N. Fitzgerald, Manager of Humane and Wildlife Education at ARL.

Wildlife camps included Surviving Winter (K-2) which emphasized the different ways in which the animals around us live through the colder months, from hibernation through migration.  Campers met Bruce, the big, brown bat who lives at the center in Verona since he is unable to fly.  Attendees enjoyed games, activities and a bat craft.

Guests of Investigation Discovery (grades 3-6) focused on the different signs they can look for to see if Wildlife is around us. Making a special appearance was Irwin, their North American Porcupine and most popular ARL animal ambassador.  Irwin, now five years old, has been in residence with the wildlife center since he was two weeks old.  Campers enjoyed the choice to make a paw print necklace, key chain or ornament.

The Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center remains the largest licensed wildlife rehabilitation center in Southwestern Pennsylvania, offering a unique opportunity to learn and appreciate our region’s incredible biodiversity.  The Winter Camps offer up another vehicle to educate families about peaceful and safe interactions with all animals, domestic and wild.

If you missed out on Winter Camp it is not too late to meet the animals who call our area home.  Look for more information soon to register for 2017 summer camp opportunities.