Education Programs

Chimp Haven is not open to the public on a daily basis, however, as part of our mission, we inform the public about endangered primates, particularly chimpanzees, and the need for their conservation in the wild and protection in captivity through various educational activities. Our educators are passionate about sharing information with a broad audience about chimpanzees’ behavior and natural history and all of the human-caused threats to their existence. Our goal is to empower people to take action in their lives that can positively influence the future for chimpanzees.

Classrooms that Care

Classrooms that Care is a K-12th grade structured education program where students first learn about chimpanzees in the classroom and then on the Chimp Haven campus. The outdoor laboratory portion of the visit provides an exciting opportunity for a first hand observation of the chimpanzees which enhances the classroom teaching content. The students learn about African rainforests, witness the consequences of our planet’s diminishing resources, discover their special link in the food chain, and explore the world of science. The Classrooms that Care program is designed to reinforce the skills and concepts that students are learning in the classroom and to satisfy curriculum guidelines for grades K-12. Click here for more information on this two part program.

Chimpanzee Discovery Days

Chimpanzee Discovery Days give guests who visit Chimp Haven on selected days the opportunity to observe the chimpanzees in their natural, forested habitats across a water moat. A large viewing area provides everyone with an unobstructed view. During the once-a-month, informal education event, there are entertaining and educational opportunities for the entire family. Chimp Haven staff is on hand to greet visitors and talk about the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee Discovery Days are from 9 a.m. until noon, from March – June and September – November. Each month focuses on a different theme to give guests a unique experience each time they visit. See our Events page for more information.

Chimp Chat & Chew

After Chimpanzee Discovery Days, pre-registered visitors are invited to Chimp Chat & Chew, a program that enables guests to get a more intimate look at the chimpanzees and personal access to Chimp Haven staff. Guests receive a behind-the-scenes tour, an informative presentation by one of our professional staff, a catered lunch, and an up-close-and-personal look at our residents. Reservations are required for Chimp Chat & Chew. Fees support Chimp Haven’s education program. Chimp Chat & Chew is held after Chimpanzee Discovery Day from noon – 2 p.m. See our Events page for more information.

Internships

Chimp Haven offers educational internships in its behavior, enrichment, and husbandry departments throughout the year. Opportunities exist at various times for veterinary externships or development internships. Please look for additional information here for more information about each type of internship and application procedures.