Help the Kids who Need it most!
At Safari West few things are as near and dear to our hearts as providing up close and personal experiences to children, introducing them to the wonders of the natural world and inspiring future generations to embrace the role of wildlife stewards for life.
Together with the Safari West Wildlife Foundation, we proudly introduce Safari West Live, a fully interactive, live-streamed experience that brings the wild creatures and educational programming of the Safari West Preserve to children’s hospitals, many of whom suffer from long-term illnesses, and young people in underserved schools across the country.
A portion of group booking fees is already earmarked for Safari West Live! However, a matching donation will help provide the financial foundation to ensure the program continues to reach, engage and inspire children in significant, long-lasting ways. In lieu of a general donation, you can also choose to sponsor Safari West Live for a specific school or hospital.
In a world in which there are few guarantees, this we can say with certainty – If you care to match our donation, your contribution will positively affect children, the land, our wild brethren and the planet for generations to come.
Safari West Live in the Hospital
Safari West Live delivers a play-based, therapeutic solution that directly addresses the mental health challenges hospitalized children face.
Hospitalized children are particularly susceptible to stress, distress, anxiety and depression as well as to post-op ongoing MH issues. Hospital Child Life Service (CLS) professionals acutely understand the impact of hospitalization and disease on children. According to the Association of Child Life Professionals, play is among the most effective tools to help children cope with stress from hospital encounters, and play contributes to minimizing associated negative MH outcomes. Further, play provides normalization and empowers children (and families) coping with hospitalization. Clinical research and practice have demonstrated that CLS professionals using play.