Monthly Archives: April 2018

Summer Kids Day Camp

Inspiring The Next Generation of Keepers

April 23, 2018

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge would like to invite our younger supporters to join us this summer for a few fun-filled days at our first ever Summer Day Camps! We will be offering four summer day camps in the months of June and July. Two camps will be for kids between the ages of 6-8 and two camps will be for kids between the ages of 9-12.

Our day camp cubs will be participating in 3 days of educational fun at the refuge. They will get the chance to explore their wild side, learn about wildlife, participate in games, activities, crafts, and more! Kids can participate in both of their age group day camps because each day camp is different!

Cubs ages 6-8 years old can join us June 6-8 for our Exploring Your Wild Side Day Camp or July 11-13 for our Wildlife Adventure Day Camp. Cubs ages 9-12 can join us June 27-29 for our Wildlife Adventure Day Camp or July 25-27 for our Explore Your Wild Side Day Camp. Space is limited for all day camps. Only 12 campers can participate in each camp, so make sure you sign your cub up today while there is still space!

You can learn more about each of our day camps, how many spots are still available in our education section of the website or by clicking the link here. 

Our new educational department, headed by Beckie Moore our own Education Coordinator and Wildlife Interpreter, has been working hard to make our visitor experience more robust and educational. Day camps are just one of the many ways that the Education Department is working to bring more fun and educational activities to our supporters.

Sign your child up today, while there is still space available!

Wild About Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day With TCWR

April 13, 2018

Come join the TCWR staff and animals this Sunday, April 22 as people around the world celebrate Earth Day!  Take part in our free Wild About Earth Day educational sessions offered throughout the day.  What better way to honor the preservation of our planet and all living things than by helping the majestic animals at our sanctuary with your visit?

Earth Day has become the largest non-religious observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people each year; a day of action that changes the behavior of people and organizations and brings about changes in policy.  The fight for a clean environment has become even more urgent as the ravages of climate change become more apparent daily with diminishing forests, air pollution, water pollution, and shrinking critical wildlife habitats.

Champions of wildlife like world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall stress how important it is to inspire our children to become environmentalists and urge them to find a cause, join with friends to create a stir, no matter how big or small—together we can make a difference!

Here at Turpentine Creek, our education program offers classes throughout the day on April 22 to encourage people young and old to become environmentalists and explain how easy it can be to adopt sustainable behavior with our Wild About Earth Day programs:

  • Plastic in the food chain –  11:30a.m.

Everything in an ecosystem is interconnected and the ocean plays a vital role in the food web. When an ecosystem is polluted with plastic, the system becomes imbalanced and can cause extreme consequences for the entire world, not just the ocean. By learning about the problems associated with plastic pollution, we can come up with solutions to protect ourselves and the environment.

  • How long does it take? – 12:40p.m.

Wildlife everywhere are in danger due to trash in our environment. Whether it is something small like a straw or something larger such as a tire, trash is hurting our wildlife. Join Wildlife Interpreter Beckie as we discover how long certain items stay in the environment and how you can help wildlife by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

  • Saving the richest places on Earth –  2:20

The most wildlife abundant places on Earth are also the most threatened. Humans depend on this biodiversity to survive. Join us at TCWR to learn about the richest places on the planet, and why we need to protect them. 

  • Pollution Solution – 3:40

Earth provides everything that we need to survive, so it is our duty as humans to make sure we help and protect our planet for ourselves and every living species that we share Earth with. Join Wildlife Interpreter Beckie as we discover how we can help Earth and its residents every day in this family fun activity.

Note:   All programs will be held behind the gift shop except Saving the Richest Places on Earth, which will be located at the bobcat habitat.

Check out our website for full calendar and details of each presentation under our Education tab for one which can help you reach your own goals in becoming an environmentalist!  Learn more about these magnificent big cats, bears and other exotic species, how you can make a difference in their lives and join other advocates to preserve these species in the wild as well as sustain our environment for future generations.

Blog Written By Stewardship Intern Sandra Ames

NWA Gives Review

Donors Rally Behind TCWR

April 9, 2018

NWA Gives was organized by a group of regional individuals who wanted to see the spirit of generosity and community that was created by Arkansas Gives (April 2015-2017) continue on. You certainly continued it on by donating a grand total of $19,105 to TCWR!

Our first goal was set at $7,500 to purchase a new fridge to keep our animal residents’ food fresh and tasty. We had less time than normal to prepare for this fundraiser, so we were surprised when we jumped from being around $1,000 away from our goal at 2:45 PM, to being nearly $4,000 over it less than an hour later.

Our second goal was prompted because shortly before NWA Gives, three of our work trucks quit simultaneously. Our animal care team covers quite a bit of ground every single day, so we have been sorely feeling the effects of missing these vehicles. We had a supporter step forward and offered a matching donation of $12,500, so we could replace them, leaving us with a $17,500 gap. We started pushing for our work truck funding around 3:30 PM and five hours later, you had donated $10,540 towards that specific need, putting our total during that time at $18,040.

At the time of this blog post, our organization raised the third most out of all of the other nonprofit participants! We want to send the friendliest of “chuffs,” most grrrateful “roars,” and the biggest of bear hugs to our supporters. Whether you donated monetarily or took time to share our posts and encourage your loved ones to support our animal Refuge, we could not have done it without you.

We put the “fun” in “fundraising” amid the constant updates and encouragements to donate by hosting two giveaways. Our Twitter contest began the day before and asked followers to tweet a photo of their favorite TCWR resident. Jessica Halsey won this drawing after responding with an image of her #1 tiger, Rayn. Brian Kurtz scored some cat-tastic TCWR merch of his own after entering our Facebook giveaway.

TCWR only needs an additional $5,895 to pay for our work trucks. Please consider contributing towards this cause so our hard-working animal care team can continue to efficiently look after our animal residents day-in and day-out http://bit.ly/fundthetrucks .