Location

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37920, United States

Date

Dec 02 2017

Girls STEM Event: Construct Animal Enrichment

Help Ijams naturalist Ashlind Bray and tween STEM enthusiast, Lilah, enrich the lives of two animals that live at Ijams – Sandy the Squirrel and Olivia the Opossum. Working individually and as a team, you’ll use materials such as cardboard, ropes, and tubes to build a playground for Sandy and a scavenger hunt for Olivia. After construction is complete, you’ll get to see the animals interact with you creations. NOTE: Participants can view Olivia in the same space, but will view Sandy through windows outside Sandy’s room.

Enrichment allows wild animals to demonstrate their typical behavior, gives them the opportunity to exercise control and/or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care.

This event is designed for girls ages 10-13 who are interested in STEM activities. The goal of this program is to empower these young women, and spark a lifelong interest in science and engineering.

Although this event is free, registration is required.

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