SCI Foundation’s International Wildlife Museum (IWM) in Tucson, AZ is officially in its busy season. While temperatures soar outside of upwards of 112 degrees, the museum is a consistent 72 degrees inside, making it a popular summertime destination. Plus, with kids out of school, everyone is looking for something to do.
Summer camp at IWM is up and running, and almost completely full of students. Each day has a different wildlife or habitat theme, making it new and fun every day. So far, we have journeyed through North America and Africa, learning about the animals that live on each continent. We have explored reptiles, insects, spiders and sharks, learning about what makes each group unique. The kids are kept busy all day with crafts, games, live animal encounters, museum explorations, hands-on activities and more. Several students are returning for multiple camps this summer.
The museum is also offering the Summer Pass, which gives a family unlimited admission to the museum during June and July for only $25. It also includes access to three workshops during the summer on reptiles, mammals and insects, where families can meet and learn about our live animals, touch artifacts like skulls and pelts and spend time together making a craft.
It is nice to see the museum bustling with people again, especially seeing kids become so excited when they walk through the door and see the massive rhino in front of them. They get even more excited when we tell them they are allowed to touch animals that are not behind barriers. How often does one get to walk under a giraffe or stick their head (safely) into an alligator’s mouth? The museum provides an excellent opportunity for people to get up close to wildlife they may never see in the wild and learn about the conservation efforts going on world-wide.