FAQs


GENERAL

  • What are your qualifications?

Ours is an award-winning environmental education nonprofit providing natural science assemblies with an emphasis on wildlife and endangered species.  We have received recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and a national award for Excellence from the National Association of Environmental Professionals for our work in environmental education with youth.  Our CEO and primary presenter has presented wildlife assemblies to over 1,000 schools and has a lifetime of experience caring for and presenting for and with, exotic animals. Further, we represent world-renowned conservation scientists who have asked us to speak to the public and deliver their message of grave concern for the future of wildlife.  You can learn about our advisory council members here: www.A-TeamForWildlife.org/category/advisory-council.

  • How do I learn about your company?

A visit to our website (www.A-TeamForWildlife.org), under the "About Us" tab offers all the details about our organization, including bios on our leadership, our sponsors, associates, and A-Team in the News.  A visit to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AnimalsNeedMoreFriends) provides the current events of our organization, as well as, current national and world news in conservation.

  • What else do you offer?

A-Team For Wildlife is the home of the International A-Team, a group of young prodigies of conservation from 5 countries who have achieved amazing and inspirational things in conservation. They serve as role models for all children.  We provide mentoring and logistical support for the young leaders on the International A-Team.  We also offer mentoring to local wildlife clubs, called Local A-Teams, for our young members. Youth are served by access to our extensive web site of wildlife information. Our adult members receive conservation news, and opportunities to support conservation petitions, not to mention support of our youth education efforts.

  • How do I get more information?

The most complete source for information about the A-Team For Wildlife is at our extensive website: www.A-TeamForWildlife.org. Details of our assembly presentation, including downloadable brochures,  are available at: www.A-TeamForWildlife.org/youth-presentations.

  • How do I schedule a presentation?

Call 209-225-9660, or email us at: Ken@A-TeamForWildlife.org

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATIONS

  • How far do you travel?

We currently offer our assembly presentations to the West Coast of the United States, focused on Central and Northern California.  Client's budgets for Travel Expenses often limits distances traveled.  Block Booking- multiple adjacent venues on the same day or in the same week, can do much to reduce travel fees for each individual client.

  • What do you bring?

A content-rich good time!  Including props, robots, drones, camera traps, and from 3 to 6 exotic, colorful, entertaining parrots - as examples of endangered animals. Some programs may include audio-video components for which a digital HD projector and audio system may be included.

  • What are the presentation fees?

We currently offer our assembly presentations to the West Coast of the United States, focused on Central and Northern California.  Client's budgets for Travel Expenses often limits distances traveled.  Block Booking, multiple adjacent venues in the same week, can do much to reduce travel fees for individual clients.

  • What are the travel fees?

Travel fees start at $25 and rise based upon distance traveled.  Every effort is made to minimize travel fees but they are required to cover time and travel expenses.  We always quote travel fees in advance.  For your location, inquire.

  • How far in advance should I schedule a presentation?

The further in advance you can schedule us the more likely you will be able to get the particular date you would like.  Some of our clients book us a year in advance. Many schools book during the summer for the following school year.  There are always schedule changes so don't hesitate to see if we might be available on short notice.  Just don't count on it.  Plan ahead.

  • What is the deposit for?

We routinely require a 50% deposit to secure your reserved date, with the balance due the day of the presentation.   To hold a date for you we will have to decline other clients who may want that date. Deposits bring dependability to our schedule for both our benefit and yours.

  • When can I get a refund of my deposit?

Assembly dates that are cancelled to within 30 days of your assembly date are eligible for a refund.  Less than 30 days notice forfeits the refund.

  • What if we can't completely darken our auditorium/presentation room?

Assemblies are offered without video elements, so this may not be a factor for your school.  We offer a 24 minute, wonderful and fact-filled custom video online, called "Saving Endangered Species", for your older students.  It may be viewed before or after the assembly, at your teachers' discretion.

  • What room set-up is needed by us?

As our presentations are interactive we prefer not to work from a stage but at floor level with the students.  A roomy clear area in the front is helpful.  We request 2-3 tables in the front of the room and 1 table in the back of the room.  An PA system with 1 microphone is appreciated.  The audience may be seated in chairs or on the floor - we request a center aisle for closer access to the students.

  • Do you bring live animals?

Yes.  We bring 3 to 6 exotic, colorful, entertaining parrots as examples of endangered species.

  • Are the animals you bring endangered species?

All of our birds are domestically bred and raised in captivity.  They have not been taken from the wild. They do, however, represent endangered species.  Most are rescued birds who lost their original homes.  We provide months of acclimation and training before they start going out into public to schools and events.  Most of our birds are now veteran public "presenters".  We have found from experience that, due to their social and playful natures, parrots, of all animals, make the best travelers and performers. 

  • Is traveling and showing off the animals humane?

For many animals, especially mammals, calling them "wildlife ambassadors" does not reduce the fact that to appear in school assemblies or public events, these animals have to live many hours or even days in crates, away from their normal habitat.  We believe to use wildlife this way is highly questionable - unfair and disrespectful to them, and a contradiction to the message of respect for wildlife we wish to instill in our students.   We feel that parrots are an exception due to their social and playful natures. They look forward to their adventures before the public and love all the attention they receive at schools and events.

  • Is this a video or slide show?

No. Our presentations are interactive and multimedia.  We use live animals, animated robots, props, sound effects, costumes, and demonstrations with student volunteers to deliver our conservation message.

  • What are the basic components of the presentation?

A- Conservation presentation introducing vocabulary and concepts with audience participation.

B- Introduction of PARROTS as a case study and why one third of all parrots are in danger of extinction.

C- CONSERVATION TECH - featuring technology that helps us save endangered species: robots, drones, camera traps, and more!

D- WHAT STUDENTS CAN DO. How can kids help endangered animals.  Introduction to the International A-Team of student prodigies in conservation. We promote student empowerment and civic participation.

  • Is your presentation interactive?

YES.  Q&A, volunteers for demonstrations, individual participation and more keeps the students highly involved.  Few things are more exciting to kids than animals and robots.  Adults, too!

  • How long is each presentation?

Typically 50 minutes.  It is adjustable to suit your needs.  There are always many more questions than time allows for, so you may want to allow extra time for Q&A .

  • Can you do additional presentations back-to-back?

Yes.  Most schools schedule at least two presentations.  Some schedule as many as six.

  • How many students per assembly?

Up to 200.  More than that and the students in the back can help but have a compromised experience when that far removed from the action.

  • How many presentations can you do in a day?

Up to 4 presentations a day is preferred.

  • What makes your presentation unique?

We offer the only presentation focused on wildlife in danger of extinction. Our combining of wildlife conservation with technology that can help solve conservation problems is unique.  Some of the tech we share are brand new inventions never seen before.  Our exotic birds make it all more relatable for the kids.  And the frosting on this special cake is the student empowerment and civic responsibility that we instill in the students.  We prove to them that kids count and can make a difference in the world.  Our assembly presentation is an excellent example of the holistic, multidiscipline approach promoted by STEM and NGSS.

  • What grade levels is this presentation intended for?

K-12, and adults!  Something for everyone.  Especially appeals to the 3rd to 6th grades.

  • Has this presentation been evaluated by teachers?

YES!  At every school presentation teachers are provided evaluation forms and asked to fill them out and return them to us.  This keeps us doing our very best - we love to rack up the straight A's!

  • Do you offer outdoor programs?

YES!  Our presentation is suitable for outdoors.

  • Do you offer classroom visits?

YES!  You can request to have classroom visits before or after the assembly presentations.  Classroom visits provide a more intimate learning experience and a chance for students to get their questions answered.  Cost is $25/20 minutes/classroom.

  • How about After School programs and Summer Programs?

YES!  We offer After School presentations, Evening Family presentations, Summer School presentations, Science Fair displays, Children Museum events, County Fairs, and more.

  • What other groups do you offer presentations for?

Schools, after-school programs, libraries, museums, aquariums, nature centers, summer camps, boy scouts, girl scouts, blue & gold dinners, birthday parties, photo clubs, conventions, churches, retirement villages, community centers, cruise ships, etc.

 

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATION INFORMATION

  • What support materials do you have for teachers?

We offer every teacher a Teacher's Packet that contains a vocabulary list, ideas for discussion, 5 optional Followup Programs.

  • Do you have other "extras"?

Included in the Teacher's Packet is a free CD of our favorite music about animals for classroom listening, online source for a free ebook of Endangered Species of Nepal full of beautiful artwork and poetry about animals, a free weblink to a free 24 minute custom documentary called, Saving Endangered Species, and a free framed certificate documenting the purchase of 2 tons of carbon offsets (tropical rainforest acreage) in the name of your school!

  • How can I get discounts?

There are three ways to get discounts on the Saving Endangered Species assembly presentation.

1. Work with us to obtain funding from your local community foundation to cover part or all of the cost. Inquire for details.

2.  Sell memberships to the Local A-Team For Wildlife and receive credits towards your assemblies.

3. Block-book presentations at other venues (schools, libraries, etc.) on the same day or week.

  • Do you meet state and national standards?

Yes. Our presentation is in alignment with state and national standards and is an excellent example of the holistic, multidiscipline approach promoted by STEM and NGSS.

LIBRARY INFORMATION

• What materials do you offer libraries?

We can adapt our presentation to related topics that may be helpful to libraries, such as "animals" or "tropical rainforests".  We will feature books you have available for young readers on related topics.  We can also provide a template flier or poster announcing your upcoming  visit by our presenter.

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