Watch what to expect at Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary!

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Follow Mr. Mims and his class as they explore the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary. Watch with your class or family to see what it will be like, talk about what to expect, and plan for any potential sensory challenges.


Plan with 'Insider Tips'

Prepare best by knowing when, where and how to go.

Sensory Scale uses 1 – 10 scoring, with 10 being maximum sensory input.

How loud
How much walking
How many people
How many hours to stay

The Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary has public tours that include areas not seen on the field trips! Check out their website for times.

You may see flies buzzing around and smell the animals food. All of these things mean you are in the animals house – cool!

You may get to touch an animal, like a tortoise or a snake, but only if you are told it is OK by a staff member. Hands to yourself otherwise 🙂

Plan for the weather! About half of the tour is outside. Bring water, wear closed toe shoes and remember to take breaks in the shade if you need to!

Some cute chickens roam about the Sanctuary. Enjoy looking at them but please do not chase – it scares them!

The staff at the Sanctuary are all super passionate and knowledgeable about reptiles. Ask them your questions and watch them care for the animals – it takes special training and a lot of work!


Go with our Pal Guide

Use our step-by-step approach that breaks down your adventure into steps.

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