Open House at California Wildlife Center on April 30

Meet the caring people and the wild injured critters they serve when the California Wildlife Center hosts an open house on Saturday, April 30.

Held from noon to 4 p.m., the twice-a-year event features behind-the-scenes tours, wildlife exhibits, children’s activities and – probably the biggest draw of the day – up-close encounters with rescued and educational animals.

Mingle and ask questions with the Marine Mammal Response Team, quiz Dr. Tom about his wildlife patients and surgeries he’s performed; and find out how to recognize a fledging bird (one that DOESN’T need help) from the hospital tech and volunteers.

Guided tours will take guests through the intensive care hospital and Baby Care Unit as well as new species specific outdoor enclosures: bird, skunk and coyote/bobcat.

Stephanie Sayre with Wings of Discovery will have educational wild animals on hand. Kids can also get their face painted and dive into a wildlife mixed media art project.

Sure, it’s a free event, but we bet the folks there would welcome any financial support you can muster their way.

The California Wildlife Center is located at 26026 Piuma Road, Calabasas CA 91302. RSVP and call for more information at (818) 222-2658.

— Brenda Rees, Editor