Sloth School: Education Outreach
Our Education Outreach program engages and empowers children to be stewards of their environment by increasing their understanding of sloths and how to address the threats they face.
- Teaching the next generation about sloths through interactive workshops in schools (virtually and locally).
- Dispelling myths and sharing first-hand, scientific knowledge about these poorly understood creatures.
Planting the seeds of knowledge and awareness is the key to effective community-based conservation.
Children are the ones that will be inheriting this rapidly changing world. The well-being of humans and the natural world is inextricably linked.
In order to ensure that wildlife and healthy ecosystems exist in abundance for future generations, we need to involve them from an early age. The future of sloths and humanity lies in their hands.
We conduct sloth workshops in local schools throughout the Limon province of Costa Rica where children are taught about the biology of sloths, their role within the ecosystem, and how they can address the challenges that sloths are facing.
The children that we teach today may grow up to become future scientists, biologists or conservationists, and as such, the simple power of education should never be underestimated.
Education is a central and unifying element in all of our programs. An increase in knowledge often leads to an expansion of empathy.
The better we understand these fascinating creatures and the challenges they face, the more we can motivate and empower people to be better neighbors to wildlife on a local and global scale.
We have designed a hands-on activity booklet, that the children can take home to their families.
The classes are currently taught in four different languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, and the local indigenous language of Bribri.
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
We have created a series of sloth activity booklets which use fun facts, activities and puzzles to help children learn all about sloths and wildlife conservation. It is perfect for use with school groups, or just as a way to keep your child entertained for hours!
We currently offer two downloadable PDF versions of the booklet: one for preschool children and one for ages 8-10. The booklets are available in English, Spanish, and Japanese.
We partner with the Omuta City Zoo in Japan to translate our sloth education materials into Japanese so that we can inspire the next generation of sloth-loving students in Japan!
Slocky & Marley, the amazing sloths! Age 8-10
Pre-school Activity Booklets
Extra Activity – Sloth masks!
Virtual Sloth School
Are you a school teacher? Do you think your class would benefit from speaking with one of our sloth educators live from the jungles of Costa Rica?
You can now get all of the latest sloth information and knowledge directly from our educators working with our scientists and conservationists in the field.
We are offering FREE lessons for school groups via Zoom or Skype on different sloth related topics. The duration of the sessions are usually 30 minutes – 1 hour, and they are specialized for different age groups.
Please fill in the form below if you are interested in learning more, and we are excited to set up a great program for you.