Family Workshops

Looking to Book a WILD Workshop and Meet Our Animal Ambassadors?

WILD Workshops held at our sanctuary are on an appointment basis only. We are not open to the public for visits.

Your journey through our facility is led by an experienced Wildlife Educator.

These workshops are 100% fun, and 100% interactive!

You will learn first-hand about Durham Region’s only wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Find out how the rehabilitation process works, what happens to animals that can’t be released, and most importantly learn the story of how our permanent residents came to join our Animal Ambassador Team. Scroll down and take a look below to see who you would like to learn about!

Please remember, during these tours you will not be interacting with any animals that are currently part of the rehabilitation process. You will only be engaging with our permanent residents.

Don’t forget your camera!

As Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is not funded by the government or any other agency, we host these workshops to raise money for specific items.

Thank you for helping to save a WILD life!

Bunny-Palooza

You'll get one 45-minute session of pure bunny love! You will learn all about how to care for domestic bunnies in addition to learning about wild rabbit rehabilitation. Mary Hoppins & Pikachu are waiting for you!

Program is for up to 4 people (must include One Adult) to engage with our bunnies hands-on.

$50 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $12.50 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Caring for Reptiles

In this workshop, learn all about how to care for our resident turtles and snakes! You'll learn about the conservation of native species, the basics of handling and feeding, and tank maintenance.

Program is for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to take part in this 45-minute session.

$50 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $12.50 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Groundhog Day

Here at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue every day is Groundhog Day! You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling our resident groundhog, fun facts about the species, and how to provide enrichment. Alan is a fan favorite with his Diva attitude. 

Program is 45 minutes, for up to 4 people (must include one adult) to work with our wildlife care team.

$50 (open to all ages) Additional participants: $12.50 (max 2 additional participants) +HST

Super Awesome Opossums

Opossums are an incredibly unique species in Ontario, and you can learn all about them in this workshop. You'll learn fun facts about the species and their Ontario adaptations. Pedro is our blind resident opossum born with many special abilities!

Program is 45 minutes, for up to 4 people (must include one adult) to work with our wildlife care team.

$75 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $18.75 (max 2 additional participants) +HST

Sweet Skunks

Skunks have an unfairly bad reputation, but you’ll learn how sweet this species can be in this hands-on program. You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling skunks, fun facts about the species, and how to provide enrichment.

45 minute program for up to 4 people (must include one adult), to work with our wildlife care team!

$75 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $18.75 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Porcupine Family Fun

Have some fun with our resident porcupine family, and learn what makes our spiky friends so great. You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling porcupines, fun facts about the species, and how to provide enrichment.

1-hour program for up to 4 people (must include one adult), to work with our wildlife care team.

$75 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $18.75 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Dingos, in Ontario?

Dingos are native to Australia, but we have two dingos that call Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue their home. Meet with our resident dingos, Mario & Luigi, in this hands-on experience. You will even get to take them for a hike through our forest.

1-hour program for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$75 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $18.75 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Fun with Foxes

Do you ever wonder what the fox says? Learn that and more in this hands-on experience with our resident silver fox family. You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling foxes, fun facts about the species, and how to provide enrichment.

1-hour program for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$100 (open to ages 5 & Up) Additional participant: $25 (max 2 additional participants can register)+HST

Wild for Bobcats

PAUSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
It's that time of year when our female bobcats are sassy!
As soon as they turn back into their sweet selves, we will open the tours back up again.

Bobcats are majestic and beautiful wildcats that are rarely seen in the wild by humans, which makes this a very special experience. You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling bobcats, fun facts about the species, and how to provide enrichment.

1-hour program for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$100 (must be 13+) Additional participant: $25
(max 2 additional participants can register)+HST

Love the Lynx

The Canadian Lynx is one of the beautiful wildcats that are rarely seen in wild Ontario by humans, which makes this a very special experience! You’ll learn the basics of caring for and handling wild cats and lynx, fun facts about them, and how to provide enrichment.

1-hour program for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$100 (must be 13+ to participate) Additional participant: $25 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

WILDlife Experience

Learn first hand about Durham Region’s only wildlife rehabilitation and education centre, led by one of our experienced Wildlife Educators. Find out how the rehabilitation process works, what happens to animals that can’t be released, and most importantly learn the stories of how our permanent residents came to join our Animal Ambassador Team!

Your 1-hour WILD Tour is for up to 4 people, with at least one adult. Get up close and personal with 5 of our Animal Ambassadors, which may include the fox family, porcupines, opossum, dingo's and a skunk!

$100 (open to all ages however please note children under 13 cannot participate in the bobcat experience) Additional participant: $25 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Wildlife Enrichment

Wildlife enrichment is important for all species, as it enhances their quality of life and helps them develop important skills for survival. In this workshop, you’ll acquire in-depth knowledge on how to create wildlife enrichment for the species of your choice.

3-hour program for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$225 (open to all ages - Note: power tools will be used when creating enrichment items) Additional participant: $50 (max 2 additional participants can register) +HST

Wildlife Caretaker for a Day

Taking care of wildlife is a labour of love, and it is important for the conservation of the species that call Ontario their home. Learn all about the basics of how we care for our animal ambassadors, including food preparation, enclosure maintenance, and enrichment.

Program is 3 hours for up to 4 people, with at least one adult, to work with our wildlife care team.

$225 (open to all ages) Additional participant: $50 (max 2 additional participants) +HST

HOW ARE WE KEEPING YOU SAFE?

 

In a time of uncertainty, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is committed to making your WILD experience safe. Here is what we are doing to keep your family, our staff, and animals safe from potential exposure.

 

Private tours are offered:

Saturdays & Sundays at 8:45am, 10:00am, 11:15am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm
(each slot has a maximum of 6 people from the same household only)

Despite being outdoors we do require a face mask to be worn by both guests and staff, and hand sanitizer and washrooms with running water for cleaning your hands before and after the tour is available.

These times were chosen as we do not operate our programs during these hours, therefore there are only 1 or 2 staff members on the property along with the volunteers for the rehabilitation of wildlife (in a completely separate section of the 13-acre property). This minimizes the total number of people that would be on the property and in contact with your family.

Tours are between 45-60 minutes, or 180 minutes, depending on which tour type is selected. Staggered time slots ensure that the families do not overlap, with at least 15 minutes for one family to leave and another to arrive. Should a family arrive early there is a waiting area (a picnic table) which is disinfected in between families for them to sit and wait. At this waiting area, there is a sign which outlines our policy for wearing a mask and other tour policies. We have extra masks on hand for those that forget to bring one.

Again, our facility is 100% outdoors and so are our tours. They run rain, shine, and snow. Should there be extreme weather warmings issued then we will contact participants.

Your family will travel to different enclosures to hear the stories of why these specific animals can not go back into the wild. If the animal approaches them then you are able to touch and interact with them. For smaller species such as a skunk, our wildlife educator will pick up this animal and allow the guests to interact for a moment before moving onto the next enclosure. Guests are asked to use hand sanitizer at the start of the tour and once leaving.

The pattern of the tour is in a circle shape, guests enter the tour and leave through a different area, again minimizing the chance of exposure to the other family should they be early and waiting. As these tours are 100% outdoors there aren't any surfaces that the members of the public come into contact with other than the interaction with the various animals.

We also have a portable washroom that has been rented which offers running water for handwashing. We ask that all patrons wash their hands prior to leaving the tour.

All tours are pre-booked and payment is made online at the time of booking. A full list of guests and the date and time that they are in attendance is kept on record should we ever need to contact them should a staff member become ill.

Our job is to make sure your family has an experience of a lifetime! But one that is also safe.

See you soon!

Register for a Workshop

PLEASE NOTE: Your booking is not confirmed until payment has been made. This happens in sequence during the booking process you are about to start. Once payment is made you will instantly receive an email confirming all of your booking details, along with address and instructions. Please check your spam folder!

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If you are looking to use your Christmas Animal Sponsorship Package
- please only use this for searching for a day and time that works best for you. Not for booking - as it will require you to pay for the experience. Once you have found the date and time slot that is available and works for your family, please email us this information to info@sopercreekwildlife.com. We will register using your personal code.