EcoVivarium was formed in 2009 as a nonprofit mobile education service. We traveled throughout Southern California introducing schools, field study groups, scouts, and communities to our Ambassador Animals. The animals provide a
contextual link to the subject matter and spark a real excitement for learning! As word spread, we had many inquiries for students to come in as interns and for field trips.
In 2015, we secured our first public venue in downtown Escondido and launched the EcoVivarium Living Museum with regular public hours, field trip and STEAM Lab programs, and hands-on learning opportunities for the public, private groups, volunteers, and interns.
Interest in the museum has grown rapidly and our original location can no longer accommodate the size of groups calling for school tours and labs. Additionally, the number of animals coming in that require
permanent homes has increased significantly. In late spring of 2020 we will begin the move to a new and significantly larger facility. Our objective has always been to provide our Ambassador Animals with spacious naturalistic living environments to call home, both on and off exhibit plus provide space for sanctuary animals that have no where else to go. While the cost of these habitats will be higher than standard housing, the benefits for the animals and educational impact will be far greater.
With your financial support, new facilities will open in the Summer of 2020 with a larger museum space, and dedicated classroom and party facilities. We will also feature a Bio-STEAM lab to further enhance learning opportunities for the public and school groups. There will also be new cultural and art exhibits incorporated into the design to connect the dots between the animals, history, culture and the environment.