Friday, October 19, 2012

Open House - Tomorrow!

Open House 2012 is here!  Tomorrow, 10/20 and Sunday 10/21.  Plan to join us for this fun, FREE, event!

The theme for this year’s Open House is “Wings Around The World”, featuring new birds never before seen at Open House programs! 
 Meet one of our amazing King Vultures as he performs for the first time for St. Louis audiences
Programs this year will feature a flying Bateleur Eagle, a flying Tawny Owl, a beautiful King Vulture, and a snake wrangling Red-legged Seriema.  In addition we will have old favorites such as flying Hawks, a flying Bald Eagle, Falcons, Owls – and more.
Feel the breeze as one of our flying raptors skims just overhead 
The Butterfly House will join us this year with a special activity for the youngsters—a “Bug Detective” program. 

In addition, there will be behind-the-scenes tours of our breeding barn, animal behavioral and training center, and wildlife hospital. 
 Have your photo taken holding a photo op bird
For a small fee (just $10.00) our photographer will be taking photos of guests posing holding a live bird of prey.  This year’s photo op will be a bit different than in previous years.  We will be rotating between three birds—an Augur Buzzard, a Tawny Owl, and a Eurasian Eagle Owl.  Plan to have your photo taken with one or all three of these amazing birds sitting on your glove. 
 Having your face painted is always a popular activity
There will be free fun craft centers, sing alongs, face painting and other activities for the kids.  Our in-house band, The Raptor Project will be on site to entertain with their original songs about some of the wildlife you will encounter.
 One of the favorite activities for children is feeding the chickens
Bring a picnic lunch or take advantage of our concession stands.  Be sure to bring your camera, as there will be photo opportunities at every turn. 
 Our paths are now paved and easily negotiable for wheelchairs and strollers
The main paths in our triangle area are now paved and handicapped accessible, and restrooms are conveniently located nearby, but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as you will want to explore all the attractions that will be spread out throughout our site.  For those more adventurous souls we have several hiking trails that wind through our oak/hickory forest and are natural and unpaved. 

SO….Mark your calendars!….Save the date!
Saturday, October 20
Sunday, October 21
10am – 4pm

Admission and parking are free!

For directions to our site Click Here

As always…for the safety of our other guests and our animals—no pets please.

Open House is sponsored by Ameren Missouri

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