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EcoVivarium was formed in 2009 as a nonprofit mobile education service featuring rescued and donated reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. 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 received numerous inquiries for students to come in as interns and to begin offering field trips for schools, scouts, and the general public.

In 2015, we secured our first public venue in downtown Escondido and launched the EcoVivarium Living Museum with regular public hours, field trips, STEAM Lab programs, and hands-on learning opportunities for the public, private groups, volunteers, and interns.

Interest in the museum has grown rapidly.  We realized in our second year of a five-year lease that we would need a lot more space to accommodate the large field trip and lab experiences, parties, and crowds.  Additionally, the number of animals coming in more than doubled through our partnerships with municipalities and other state and local rescue agencies.

June 1, 2020, we moved into a new 10,200 sq. ft. facility. Our plan has always been to provide our Ambassador Animals with spacious naturalistic living environments to call home, both on and off exhibit.  Plus, we are one of the few organizations to provide space for sanctuary animals that have nowhere else to go. While the cost of these habitats will be higher than standard housing, the benefits for the animals and the educational impact will be far greater.

2 boys with giant water monitor, Mac

With your financial support, EcoVivarium will open in the Fall of 2020 with 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 K-12 school groups. New cultural and art exhibits will be incorporated into the design to connect the dots between the animals, history, indigenous cultures from around the world, and the natural environment.

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