A new “living museum” soon will be opening in Downtown Escondido, bringing yet another family- friendly attraction to Escondido. On July 15, EcoVivarium, located at 136 S. Juniper Street, will hold its Grand Opening.
EcoVivarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Living Natural History Museum and educational outreach focusing on reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.
Eco Vivarium was founded in 2009 with the focus to ignite a passion for learning beyond the textbook and classroom, a passion that elevates the educational experience both in classroom performance and beyond.
According to the non-profit’s Website: “We present our programs with assistance from our special education ambassadors from the reptile, amphibian and arthropod communities. Our animals are unique not only by their species, but by the fact that more than 98% of them are rescues. These amazing creatures have been rehabilitated and trained by our dedicated staff to serve as ambassadors, encouraging excellence in educational endeavors of individuals and to share the message of the importance of good stewardship for our world and all the creatures in it.”
The goal of the museum is “to instill in our participants an excitement for learning by connecting the dots from our unique education ambassadors to the world around them and across their entire educational experience.”
EcoVivarium has a special focus in reaching out to at-risk populations and underserved communities. Its staff has nearly two decades of experience in working with special needs individuals and at-risk students.
All of the innovative programs EcoVivarium offers are dedicated to promoting the study in science and mathematics while simultaneously helping participants of all ages “connect the dots” between STEM coursework, history, cultural studies, language arts, geography, the environment and beyond.
Learners are guided through an exploration of this varied subject matter through hands-on interaction with the museum’s animal hosts that stimulate participation and a new excitement for learning.
Eco Vivarium personnel have served over the past 10 years as trainers for local law enforcement, animal services and humane society staff, state and national emergency relief personnel, international disaster relief organizations catering to animals in crises and even as pet therapists for the special needs and senior communities.
EcoVivarium’s animals and staff have been featured on multiple TV broadcasts and served as expert advisors in the print media. They also provide unique entertainment experiences for private parties, local community programs and corporate events.
For more information about Escondido’s newest attraction, visit http:// www.ecovivarium.org/