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Eco-park Jungle Island is now offering free virtual workshops for kids

By Falyn Freyman
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Running out of activities to keep the little ones busy? Jungle Island, Miami’s popular eco-park destination for families, just launched a new live video series and home school program to help feed kids’ minds—and, hopefully, give parents a few extra minutes of peace and quiet—as days of staying home turns into weeks.

Starting today, children ages five to 12 are invited to logon to Jungle Island’s Facebook or Instagram pages Monday through Friday to embark on a new virtual expedition of the natural world based on themes spanning the park’s many exhibits, from the Florida Everglades to Primate Practices, Spread Your Wings and more.

Led by Jungle Island’s education manager, Emma Guss, each live demonstration will be accompanied by photos and a link where kids and parents can access the lesson of the day.

“While schools are closed and kids are bored and stuck at home, we decided to bring some of Jungle Island’s fine-feathered, scaly and cuddly friends directly to the computers of our young fans,” says Guss, who has an environmental science teaching background.

Tuesdays and Thursdays have been designated as homework days, when explorers are encouraged to engage with the material by completing assignments like constructing their own park habitat out of materials found in and around the house.

Look out for cameos from a handful of Jungle Island’s most iconic residents. Kids will have the chance to virtually meet Señor Jefe the Andean condor; Mama Cass, the only tame cassowary on the planet; Luna the rambunctious black-and-white ruffed lemur; and Rocco, the adorably mischievous capuchin monkey, to name a few. Follow @jungleisland for lessons and upates. Mon–Fri at 11am; free.

  

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