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Wildlife images launches 'Critter Campus'; combining school and child care

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center says that it is beginning a program to help out busy parents with children who are starting the school year with distance learning.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 3:44 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 3:46 PM

MERLIN, Ore. — Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center says that it is launching a new program to help out busy parents with children who are starting the school year with distance learning.

"Critter Campus" promises a combination of child care and support for students' distancing learning curriculum through their various schools. The program is open to public, private, charter, and homeschool students between 1st grade and age 13. Enrollment is currently open for eight weeks, but may extend if local schools remain on distance learning.

“We offer parents a unique opportunity for peace of mind this fall. Critter Campus is a perfect solution for busy working parents as well as parents who feel less than qualified to help their students with their school assignments,” said Krista Smith, Wildlife Images’ Education Manager.

The main portion of the program is open to 40 students per week, with access to high speed WiFi in order to connect with teachers and classes. Students will also have access to educators on hand to help with class work or staying on task.

Critter Campus runs from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. It starts at $120 per week, with a limited number of week-long scholarships available. There will also be an After Care program from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for students to finish up classwork or play and socialize.

"Students will not only have ​focused learning time ​for distance learning and school work, but also exploration and enrichment ​ activities," Wildlife Images said. "Focusing on STEAM, these activities will provide a well rounded experience full of creativity, active movement, mindfulness, and exploration of Wildlife Images’ park and its animals."

Wildlife Images says that it is following all COVID-19 requirements from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to keep students, staff, volunteers and guests safe. Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings and have daily temperature check.

“Launching a brand new educational program was a massive undertaking. Weeks of preparation and an upfront investment means we are able to fulfill the educational portion of our mission in a whole new way. Wildlife Images can provide support to local families in a way few other entities in Southern Oregon can,” explained Erin Maxson, Wildlife Images’ Community Relations Manager.

Those interested in enrolling can visit the Wildlife Images page here.

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