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Critters & Conservation

Critters & Conservation's services:
•  Live animal shows - interactive and for all ages
•  Field trip visits to your location
•  Pet sitting in your home or boarding in ours
•  Animal camps/classes at Jefferson County Parks & Rec.
•  Consults to set up proper care for exotic animals
•  Private tours of our facility
(for up to 6 people)

Our live animal shows are for any event or location - schools, birthday parties, scouts, libraries, festivals, field days, open houses, family reunions, picnics, in-house field trips, and more!

Contact Critters & Conservation by email at or 304-725-3200 (land line) or 202-491-5998 (cell).

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Our live animal presentations are more than just a traveling zoo! We are a licensed, insured provider of hands-on animal education for all ages. There's no better way to learn about the fascinating creatures we share this planet with than up close and personal. Our animal educator, Melissa Kowalski, has a love for teaching, as well as a love for young learners.  She is patient and provides gentle guidance for people of all ages.

Learn about bringing the field trip to you!

We don't really have a bus, because we don't need one. We bring the animals to you in a high MPG, compact car, so you don't have to bring your bus. It's a win-win-win situation for all of us:  us, you, and the environment!

Our central focus is on making education fun.  Our presentations cover animal behavior, basic biology, the food web, native environments, animal jobs, vertebrate/invertebrates, animal adaptations, and the importance of biodiversity and conservation. Most of our animals can be pet, held, or fed by participants during presentations. We'll bring our live animal shows to your birthday party, school, library, fair, open house, scout meeting, or any other celebration. We travel throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC., and parts of Pennsylvania.

Critters & Conservation's goal is to help young people grow up to respect all animals and appreciate animals' jobs within their ecosystems.  More on our philosophies.

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We also speak Spanish!  También, hablamos español.

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