Hollywild Provided Numerous Educational Experiences

Field Trips

Learning and exploration takes place every day in this amazing "back yard". Whether riding on the Safari Bus surrounded by herds of free-roaming animals, bottle feeding baby goats, petting a camel or being amazed at the sight of a rare white buffalo, admiring a snake, or feeling the shell of a 100 lb African Spur Thigh Tortoise, these multi-sensory opportunities make Hollywild a fun, unique living classroom. A truly educational experience awaits you. 

For field trip information, please call the park office at (864)472-2038 or email hollywild@hollywild.org

Creature Feature

Our 30-minute Creature Feature presentations provide an opportunity for additional wildlife discoveries. They are designed to provide a closer encounter with a selected group of animals. Program specialists strive to engage audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. They introduce their featured animals in an interactive program with audience participation, and are available for questions and answers. 

Show schedules are posted at our admissions gate daily and announced over our PA system.

Scout Badges

Scouts of all ages/genders are encouraged to come to Hollywild to work on their achievement/badge goals in the areas of conservation, the environment, endangered species, recycling, and the rain forest. Individual scouts can work on their personal goals at the Park, or leaders can coordinate specialized programs to meet the needs of their den or troop with a scheduled group program. Our education/outreach program director, Julie Schmidt will work to create a customized program for meeting the requirements for numerous achievements and can design a program to help your Cub Scouts and Webelos earn their adventure goals; Boy Scouts with their Merit Badge work, and for Girl Scouts as they work on their Journeys. awards/skill building badges and can provide service project opportunities for individuals or groups. The learning environment is child friendly, hands-on and exciting, designed to highlight conservation. 

Please contact Julie Schmidt at (864)472-2038 for more information.

Home School Day

Be sure to check the Calendar of Events to see the days that are set aside just for you. Home Schoolers are invited on scheduled days for an extra special day of learning. Experience Life Science like never before. Enjoy the Safari ride, the educational “Creature Feature” program, and a picnic with your family and friends. Home School Days give participants group rate discount and a day planned with extra activies designed to enhance your curriculum.

Home School Days do not require a minimum number of participants per group for discounted admission. On other dates, we welcome groups of 15 or more to take advantage of our group rate discounts.

In addition to our teacher resource pages, home schooling familites are welcome to contact our education/outreach coordinator, Julie Schmidt, for assistance matching your curriculum to the Hollywild Experience.

Jr. Zookeeper Camps

Our Jr. Zookeeper Camps provide a unique opportunity to experience science in an outdoor classroom setting surrounded by the loud and rambunctious, peaceful, majestic, colorful, and yes, even comical animals who call Hollywild home. 

There’s a lot of learning that happens at camp, too, but you don’t have to tell the kids that!

Here are the dates/topics/ages for our 2016 day camps. Camps will be $50 per child, per date. Registration and additional details coming soon. For inquires please contact Julie Schmidt by calling (864)472-2039 or via email.

JUNE CAMPS for 2016

Tuesday, June 7: Toddler Zoo Explore special summer program for parent/child: 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM
Thursday, June 9: Animals Around the World, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 5-8 (grades 1-3) 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, June 14 - Keeper for a Day, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 10-14 (grades 5-8) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, June 16 – Animal Diets, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 9-12 (grades 4-6) 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, June 21: Toddler Zoo Explore special summer program for parent/child: 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM
Thursday, June 23: Animals Around the World, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 5-8 years (grades 1-3) 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, June 28: Keeper for a Day, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 10-14 (grades 5-8) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, June 30 – Animal Diets, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 9-12 (grades 4-6) 9 AM – 5 PM

JULY CAMPS for 2016

Tuesday, July 5: Keeper for a Day, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 10-14 (grades 5-8) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, July 7: Animals Around the World, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 5-8 years (grades 1-3) 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, July 12: Animal Diets, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 9-12 (grades 4-6) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, July 14: Toddler Zoo Explore special summer program for parent/child: 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM
Tuesday, July 19: Animals Around the World, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 5-8 years (grades 1-3) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, June 21: Toddler Zoo Explorespecial summer program for parent/child: 10-11:30 AM or 2-3:30 PM
Tuesday, July 26: Animal Diets, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 9-12 (grades 4-6) 9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, July 28: Keeper for a Day, Jr. Zookeeper Camp for ages 10-14 (grades 5-8) 9 AM – 5 PM

Registration will open soon. For additional information, please email Julie Schmidt at hollywild@hollywild.org


Can’t come to us? … Let us come to you! Hollywild's outreach programs are available at various times of the year. These programs are designed to bring a small sampling of the wonderful world of animals to your group. Our presenter will “show and tell” about different types of animals such as baby goats or other small mammals, a Russian or Spur-thigh tortoise, boa constrictors or pythons, just to name a few. Call the office (864)472-2038 or email us for pricing and more specific details.

Need a curriculum specific connection? Call our office and we'll put you in touch with our Education & Outreach coordinator, Julie Schmit, to create a program to match your interest! Julie has worked out curricum connections to SC standards and can help design a program to fit your needs and interests.

About JULIE: Prior to moving to the Upstate, Julie worked as an animal educator and animal husbandry assistant at Sea World in Florida as well as Area Manager and Animal Training Coordinator at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. In addition to her work with the animals, Julie has worked with volunteers, summer camps and other educational programming in zoos. Upon moving to the Upstate she worked as a ZooKeeper for the Greenville Zoo and currently serves as a volunteer and board member for PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary.

Teacher Resources

Animal Parks offer a unique learning opportunity for students and adults. It is one thing to read about an animal in a book or see photos, but experiencing the animal up close and watching it in its home environment is an unforgettable learning experience. Hollywild is home to more than 500 animals native to six world continents, some very rare and endangered breeds. Hollywild is a dynamic animal park. That means that although many of our animals are in residence throughout their lives, some move to other parks or zoos for specialized care or breeding programs, new animals come in or are born here, and new habitats/exhibits are being built each year. We believe that you and your students will never have the same experience twice! This pre-visit guide will help you prepare to make the most of your Hollywild learning adventure. 

In order to help make your visit as productive as possible, we have provided a short list of terms that you may want your student to study prior to your visit. We will leave it to you to determine which would be best suited to the age and interest of your group. 

1. Adaptation- adjustment to meet certain environmental changes. 
2. Anthropomorphic- tendency to attribute animals with human traits. 
3. Antlers- bony structures like horns, found in members of the deer family, which are shed and re-grown every year. 4. Ape- a large, tailless primate of high intelligence. 
5. Aquatic- growing or living in or near water.
6. Arboreal- tree dwelling. 
7. Behavior- the way an animal acts. 
8. Browse- to eat leaves, twigs, and branches. 
9. Canine- family of animals including dogs, wolves, jackals, and foxes. 
10. Carnivore- meat-eating animal. 
11. Diurnal- active in daytime. 
12. Endangered species- species that, without man’s intervention, will become extinct. 
13. Environment- surroundings in which an animal lives. 14. Exotic- a foreign or imported animal. 
15. Fang- a long, pointed tooth used to seize and tear prey or inject venom. 
16. Feline- of the cat family. 
17. Graze- to eat grass. 
18. Habitat- a particular animal’s living space. 
19. Herbivore- plant-eating animal. 
20. Hibernation- a dormant state assumed by some animals in the winter. 
21. Horn- a bonelike growth on the head of a hoofed animal. 
22. Instinct- an inborn tendency to respond to a stimulus in a certain way. 
23. Mammal- warm-blooded animals with a mammary gland; usually having live young. 
24. Mane- heavy growth of hair around the head and neck. 25. Marsupial- mammals that carry their undeveloped young in a pouch. 
26. Monkey- any primate except man, great apes, and primitive primate. 
27. Monogamous- taking any mate for life. 
28. Nocturnal- active during night. 
29. Omnivore- an animal that eats both plants and animals. 30. Polygamous- taking several mates. 
31. Predator- an animal that eats other animals. 
32. Prehensile- a body part adapted for grasping (usually a tongue or tail.) 
33. Prey- an animal hunted by a predator. 
34. Primate- order of mammals including monkey, apes, lemurs, and man. 
35. Protected species- an animal legally protected from harassment or destruction. 
36. Raptor- bird of prey; includes owls hawks, and eagles. 37. Reptile-cold-blooded, land dwelling animal with scales or a shell.
38. Rodent- mammals with constantly growing incisor teeth adapted for gnawing. 
39. Scavenger- animal that eats dead animals. 
40. Species- a group of plants or animals that are very similar and can be interbred. 
41. Stimulus- anything which arouses a response. 
42. Talons- claws of a bird of prey.
43. Threatened species- any species, which, without proper management, may become endangered. 
44. Tusk- a long, specialized tooth used for rooting or protection. 
45. Vertebrate- an animal with a backbone

Careers in Animal Care 
• Veterinarian—provides medical care Veterinary 
• Technician—supports veterinarian
• Nutritionist—provides proper dietary needs 
• Researcher—studies various aspects of animal life 
• Educator—teaches others about animals 
• Horticulturist—assists with exhibit design 
• Behavioral Specialist—provides enrichment and training
• Wildlife Rehabilitator—provides treatment to injured 
• Wildlife Zoo Keeper- provides daily care to captive animals

Based on our experience with other groups, we would suggest the following activities to increase your student’s enthusiasm for their upcoming field trip. These however, are only suggestions. We encourage you to adapt them to the age of your group. 

1) From a list of animals that you may see at the park, select a favorite and: 
a) Have your students role play their idea of what that animal would be like. 
b) Research and present an oral report about the animal. c) Bring a picture of an animal and, without showing it to the class, describe the way it looks. Let them guess what it is. 

2) Have your students familiarize themselves with the vocabulary list provided. An understanding of these terms will be highly complementary to their visit. 

3) Divide the class into two groups. Using the vocabulary words chosen for them, have a spelling-bee style competition in which they must use the words correctly in a sentence. 

4) Trace the outlines of various animals and have the students color them in adding spots, stripes, or other markings. 

5) Using pictures of animals brought in by students; ask them to point out features, which help them survive in the wild. (i.e.: Food finding—claws and beaks. Escape form an enemy—legs.) 

6) Animal riddles: 
a) If you ever go to Egypt, you will find me basking by the Nile, and if you sneak up real, real close, you will find I always smile. But if you come too very close, and I don’t think you should, like silly monkeys, birds, and fish, YOU might end up as food. (Crocodile) 
b) I look like a dog, but I never chase cats; my suppers are chipmunks, and rabbits, and rats. But man often hunts me with hound dogs and horses. If he only knew that his pests are my main course! (Fox) 
c) I like bananas, apples, and grapes. And I swing through the trees like my cousins, the apes. If you come to the zoo when it’s warm and sunny, I’ll make faces at you, because I think that you’re funny! (Monkey) 
d) I’m so heavy that I stay in the water all day until supper is served, then I like to eat hay, and string beans, potatoes and apples and such. (My duck friends like scraps, but they don’t get much!) (Hippopotamus) 
e) Rats and mice, a shrew or two. Got mice in your fields? I’ll eat them for you! Things that you think of as bad, I find nice, because I love to chow down on those rats and those mice! (Snake) 
f) In the grasslands, I lord if over all the other beasts. My wife does the hunting, but I’m first at the feasts. Though I sleep through the day, when it’s dusk, I’m quite “proud” and if you come very close, I’ll roar VERY loud! (Lion)


• A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. 
• A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. 
• A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 
• A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 
• A snail can sleep for three years.
• An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. 
• Butterflies taste with their feet. 
• A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. 
• Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10. 
• Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. 
• In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. 
• There are more chickens than people in the world.
• Elephants have 24 teeth that grow in groups of 4. Each tooth weighs 4kgs 
• Asian Elephants have the longest tail of any land mammal. It can be up to 5 ft. long. 
• Elephant hair can be up to 3mm thick, 40 times thicker than human hair. 
• It takes an elephant calf 6 months to learn to use its trunk 
• The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump. 
• Guas, the oldest captive orangutan lived at the Philadelphia Zoo and was 57 when he died in 1977. 
• During your lifetime you will eat about 60,000 lbs. of food. That’s the weight of about 6 elephants. 
• The first archeological evidence of soup being consumed dates back to 6000 BC with the main ingredient being hippo bones. 
• The smallest flying mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat from Thailand. It has a wingspan of 160mm, about the same as a large butterfly. 
• A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old.
• Giraffes are 6 feet tall when they are born. 
• A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4-foot child inside. 
• There are more plastic flamingos in America than real ones!
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