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Wild Earth Action Team Expeditions

Wild Earth Action Team Expeditions

The Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team gets hands-on with conservation, and you’re invited to join us.

Saving Woodpeckers

Join the Wild Earth Action Team as we venture back into the Big Thicket National Preserve to plant longleaf pines with the National Park Service.

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When

January 18-20, 2020

Where

Big Thicket National Preserve

Cost

$295 per person
50% off for every person in the household thereafter

Trip Details

We have an exciting lineup of programs and guided hikes focused on the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and beautiful Big Thicket. Enjoy a guided float on a pontoon boat through the bayous and sloughs of the Neches River. Learn about this unique ecosystem, home to carnivorous plants, more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals species, 300 bird species, and many reptiles and amphibians. It’s going to be an amazing weekend and great way to start the new year.

Host hotel: Super 8 Motel in Kountze

Fine Print: This expedition is for ages 6 and up. Registration includes all programs, planting longleaf pine seedlings, guided hikes, and Saturday lunch and dinner (breakfasts included with room). Transportation and lodging are not included.

Saving Whooping Cranes

Create a better world for whooping cranes with Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team at Port Aransas’ Whooping Crane Festival.

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When

February 20-23, 2020

Where

Port Aransas, Texas

Cost

$295/person
50% off for every person in the household thereafter.

Trip Details

See whooping cranes and other wildlife on a four-hour boat cruise through Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Remove monofilament snares, plastic pollution, and other marine debris from Port Aransas jetties and beaches to help restore critical winter whooping crane habitat. Learn from leading experts from US Fish & Wildlife, Louisiana Fish and Game, Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park, the International Crane Foundation, and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

Host hotel: Hampton Inn Port Aransas

Fine Print: This expedition is for travelers ages 6 and up. Registration includes festival pass, access to all presentations and the exhibit hall, a 4-hour guided cruise through Aransas National Wildlife Refuge with Dr. George Archibald, and three dinners. Breakfast is included with the hotel. Lunches and lodging are not included. Van transportation is available for $60/person.

Baby sea turtles

Saving Sea Turtles

Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team is on a mission to restore sea turtle habitats on South Padre Island, and YOU are invited to join!

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When

June 26-28, 2020

Where

South Padre Island, TX

Cost

$295/person
50% off for every person in the household thereafter

Trip details

Together we’ll restore nesting habitat through beach clean-up, host family-friendly programs on sea turtle conservation and ecology, and enjoy pizza dinner and exclusive after-hours access to Sea Turtle, Inc.’s new conservation center. We will observe night nest checks and, if we’re lucky enough to have turtle hatchlings, we’ll help with an early morning release and watch them wiggle into the sea as the sun rises over the Gulf. We wrap up with a dolphin watching eco-cruise through the Laguna Madre.

Host hotel: Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre

Fine Print: This expedition is for travelers ages 6 and up. Registration includes all programs, special tours, eco-cruise, and all meals on Saturday. Transportation and lodging are not included. Van transportation is available for $60/person.

bats flying at sunset

Saving Bats

Join the Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team and help create a better world for bats!

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When

August 7-9, 2020

Where

Austin and San Antonio

Cost

$295 per person
50% off for every person in the household thereafter

Trip Details

Enjoy a weekend in Austin and San Antonio learning about bats and taking action to help them. We’ll cruise Lady Bird Lake to toast the world’s largest, urban, bat colony and witness the extraordinary emergence at Bracken Cave where 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats raise pups and set out each summer evening to feed. Together we will restore bat and other pollinator habitat.

Host hotel: TBD

Fine Print: This expedition is for travelers ages 6 and up. Registration includes all programs, special tours, eco-cruise, and all meals on Saturday. Transportation and lodging are not included. Van transportation is available for $60/person.

Contact us at SavingWildlife@DallasZoo.com for more information about any of our upcoming expeditions.