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The Wildlife Experience is a hands on museum in Lone Tree on Lincoln at I-25. Listed below are some of the current events you can enjoy.

Fly Fishing Film Tour
Saturday, February 22
5:30 pm
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is a compilation of short, independent films showcasing the art and sport of fly fishing. These films will take you on a breathtaking journey across North America and beyond to some of the best fly fishing destinations in the world. The experience is unrivaled on our Extreme Screen! This event will be hosted by Kirk Deeter, editor of TROUT Magazine and an editor-at-large for Field and Stream.

There will be a silent auction featuring some fantastic items including a guided trip on private water in the Vail Valley courtesy of our local event sponsor, Colorado Skies Outfitters/Minturn Anglers. There will be a cash bar and the Café will be open, serving a special fish menu.

Lauren's Live Animal Days
Sunday, February 23
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Did you know that bugs are an essential part of our ecosystem? Friends from the Butterfly Pavilion will be there. Come learn some bug basics and meet ambassador invertebrate, Rosie the tarantula. Your visit will allow you to bust some myths about these creepy crawly critters.

Archery III
Tuesday, February 25
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Attention TWE Archery workshop alumni! Are you looking for an opportunity to practice your new archery skills? We are offering a workshop for those archers that have completed both Archery I & II at The Wildlife Experience. We will have an open range where you can shoot on your own from a variety of distances. A NASP certified archery instructor will be on hand to run the range and provide tips and pointers to help you hone your archery skills and technique.

Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly
Ongoing
Do cold-blooded animals give you the creeps? Here’s a chance to confront those fears and gain a new appreciation for these fascinating and under-appreciated creatures. REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly presents 19 varieties of live turtles, crocodilians, lizards and snakes from around the world displayed in their natural habitats. The exhibit explores common myths and fosters a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the history of life and the fabric of our native environments. Appropriate for visitors of all ages. Produced and toured by Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

Reptile Feedings: Week of February 19-25
All feedings are at 12:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Gallery.

  • Wednesday, February 19
  • Chameleon, Leaf-tail Geckos
  • Thursday, February 20
  • Milk Snakes & Gila Monsters
  • Friday, February 21
  • Water Monitor, Chameleon & Leaf-tail Geckos
  • Saturday, February 22
  • Aquatic turtles, American Alligator, *Asian Cobra & *Mangrove Snake
  • Sunday, February 23
  • Dwarf Crocodile, Water Monitor, Green Tree Pythons & *Gaboon Viper
  • Monday, February 24
  • Chameleon, Leaf-tail Geckos & Bearded Dragon
  • Tuesday, February 25
  • Soft-shell Turtle, Snake-neck Turtle & Garter Snakes

* These snakes may or may not eat, depending on if the snake is opaque or in the mood.

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss
Ongoing
Newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions of this interactive exhibition. Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea, highlighting the adventure of deep-sea exploration and discovery of the ocean’s greatest depths. The exhibit is toured by An Exhibition Group and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Exquisite Miniatures
Ongoing
EXQUISITE MINIATURES by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist consists of over 60 miniature paintings by a husband and wife team noted for their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvas and the essence of the natural world in miniature. The exhibition of landscapes, portraits, still lifes and wildlife will be on view through April 6.

Colorado Garden & Home Show - February 15 - 23
The Wildlife Experience is partnering with the Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF), to bring the 5,500-square foot entry garden to life as “Wild Africa” at the 55th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, held at the Colorado Convention Center.

They created an African-inspired landscape entry garden designed by Town & Country Landscaping to delight show guests of all ages. Families can learn about the natural habitats of animals like African lions, warthogs, giraffes, chimpanzees and more. The displays are surrounded by a garden that features dramatic scenes of African animals – preserved through the art of taxidermy – engaged in life and death struggles, grazing at watering holes and other eye-catching features designed to educate guests about African wildlife.

Live Animal schedule: Animals will be presented in the theater, which is located on the show floor.
Live Snake Demonstration
Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm
Living with Wildlife in Colorado
Saturday, February 22, 4:00 pm

Click here to print your coupon. For more information visit the Colorado Garden & Home Show website.

COMING SOON:

Iditarod
Saturday, March 1
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Wildlife Experience is going to the dogs! Celebrate Iditarod Race Day, watch the start of the race on the 53-foot Extreme Screen and learn about the animals and humans that brave this isolated terrain and how they survive and win “The Last Great Race on Earth”. Meet sled dogs and discover the secrets of mushing. The Iditarod course is 975 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer – jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast.

Balto will be showing on our Extreme Screen:
10:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Nature Night: Astronomy Night
Friday, March 7
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
It’s a Star, it’s a Planet, it’s…Astronomy Night an exciting night of Stars, Planets, Solar Systems and S’mores. The presentation begins with retired astronomy professor, Win Pendleton. Win will spend time discussing our amazing solar system in our Science on a Sphere exhibit. He will be showing images of the stars and planets that make our solar system so unique. Then venture outside for a campfire, s’mores and a chance to look at the planets and other objects through the new telescope.

Ice Fishing 101
Saturday, March 8
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Each class begins at The Wildlife Experience where professional ice fishing guides from Lake Ice USA will teach basic techniques and show some essential ice fishing gear. Next you will head to the lake for an awesome ice fishing adventure. All necessary ice fishing gear will be provided, but you may want to bring a folding chair, water, sunscreen and a camera. It can be very cold, so please dress appropriately.

Rio
Saturday, March 8
3:30 pm

3:30 pm – Crafts and Fun
5:00 pm – Feature Presentation

Sponsored by:

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Located at 9366 S. Colorado Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126

DON'T MISS:

Shamrocks & Snakes - Members Only Museum After Hours
Thursday, March 13
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Members Only Event
Help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy an evening in the museum as our guests of honor, featuring Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly. There will be light appetizers to bring out the Irish in all of us.

5:00 -5:30 pm - Live Animal Demonstration

5:30 pm - Live Snake Feeding
6:00 - 6:15 pm & 6:30 - 6:45 pm - Reed School of Irish Dance Performance

Menu

  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Scotch Eggs
  • Cash Bar
  • House Wine
  • Domestic Beer
  • Premium Beer
  • Non- Alcoholic Beverages

"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long."

Not a member yet? Join now.

While this event is free, please RSVP to Jessica Reagan at jreagan@twexp.org or 720-488-3383.

Movie and a Martini - Airplane!
Friday, March 21
5:30 pm
The funniest movie of the 80’s is flying into The Wildlife Experience. I’m serious, and don’t call me Shirley. Yes, Airplane! The hilarious disaster-parody movie spawned so many one-liners the script was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. Now see it in all its glory on our Extreme Screen. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and our first floor museum exhibits before grabbing your popcorn and settling in for this lunatic flight of fancy.

5:30 pm – Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm – Feature Presentation

Movie and a Martini nights are 21 and over events

Spring Camp - Through the Eyes of the Cold-Blooded
March 24 - March 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ages 8-12
Campers will get face to face with the many beautiful and deadly reptiles of our current exhibit, including everything from alligators to cobras. Throughout the week campers will learn about a variety of cold-blooded creatures that inhabit our terrestrial world. Our goal is to instill an appreciation for the outdoors and the environment through engaging recreational activities in the museum and hands-on experiences in nature.

For more information visit the website or contact Maggie Bixler at
720-488-3372 or mbixler@twexp.org.

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