Friday, October 4

All events and activities (except for orientation) are optional.

Please attend one of the Discovery Weekend Orientations offered on Friday before joining us for events in which animals are present.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
              or
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Discovery Weekend Orientation

  • Location — Meet outside Welcome Center. (see map) Just ask for the Discovery Weekend Orientation
  • Refreshments will be available
  • Restrooms are available
  • Indoor activity
  • Register and review the weekend's activities

 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Hike with a Founder — Water Canyon Hike

  • Location — Meet outside the Welcome Center (see map)
  • Hike to the Water Canyon with co-founder Cyrus Mejia
  • Restrooms are available at the Welcome Center
  • We recommend good hiking footwear rather than flip-flops or high heels
  • Outdoor activity — hat, sunglasses and sunscreen suggested
  • A water dispenser will be available at the meeting location
  • Moderate hike approximate 1.5 miles round trip

 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
              or
10:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.

Private Sanctuary Tour
Limited space!

Join one of our founders for a short geographical and historical tour of the Sanctuary to get your bearings!

  • Location — Meet outside Welcome Center. (see map) Just look for the Private Sanctuary Tour sign
  • Shuttles pick up at 8:15 a.m. and depart at 8.30 a.m.
  • Shuttle buses can accommodate special needs
  • Restrooms are available at the Welcome Center
  • A water dispenser will be available

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Walk on the Wild Side and Tea with Tortoises
Limited space!

Specialized tour at Wild Friends. Come and meet the graceful Suvali, the fierce Echo and the exotic Little One! Morning tea, cookies and meet-and-greet with our sociable tortoises who love company!

  • Location — Wild Friends (see map)
  • Restrooms are available close by
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Keep in mind, no seating is available at this activity
  • Light refreshments will be available

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bunny Yoga
Limited space!

Gentle yoga for all levels in the calm company of our resident bunnies followed by carrot cake, carrot juice and bunny love!

  • Location — Rabbit HQ (see map)
  • Restrooms are available
  • Indoor/outdoor activity — shade available, but a hat and sunglasses are suggested
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • Yoga mats provided
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Dogtown Tour
Limited space!

Join long-time Dogtown staffers and experience the wonderful ways we provide enrichment for our canine residents.

  • Location — Dogtown HQ (see map)
  • Restrooms are available close by
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Walking tour — keep in mind, no seating is available at this activity
  • Indoor/outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Party

  • Location — Angels Landing (see map)
  • Lunch, dessert and refreshments will be available
  • Restrooms are available
  • Outdoor activity — shade available, but a hat and sunglasses are suggested

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Discovery Weekend Orientation
This orientation is for any guests who are arriving late to the Sanctuary and will miss the morning sessions.

  • Location — Angels Landing. (see map)
  • Restrooms are available
  • Register and review the weekend's activities

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Connecting with Horses
Drop by at any time during this activity to take part.

Discover this unique horse training method built on trust and fun.

  • Location — Horse Haven Arena at Horse Haven (see map)
  • Restrooms are available close by
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Seating will be provided
  • Outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How We Heal

Take a specialized tour of the Best Friends Animal Clinic, learn about interesting, state-of-the-art procedures and other areas of the Sanctuary where we heal.

  • Location — Best Friends Animal Clinic (see map)
  • Restrooms available
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Indoor activity

 

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Paint Your Pet

Come and paint your beloved pet in the company of our beautiful parrots. All you need to do is bring a photo!

  • Location — Parrot Garden (see map)
  • Restrooms are available
  • Refreshments will be available
  • Seating and shade is available
  • Indoor/outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Please wear long sleeves

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Piggy Puzzles

Come and have fun with our resident pigs. Help make food puzzles and watch them squeal with delight!

  • Location — Marshall’s Piggy Paradise (see map)
  • Restrooms are available close by
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Keep in mind, no seating is available at this activity
  • Outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gallivanting with Goats
Drop by at any time during this activity to take part.

Come and meet the goats, feed them treats and learn some fun facts!

  • Location — Horse Haven (see map)
  • Restrooms are available close by
  • A water dispenser will be available
  • Seating will be provided
  • Outdoor activity — we recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

 

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

This is your window for some retail therapy!

  • Location — Best Friends Welcome Center (see map)
  • Restrooms available

 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Cocktails and Buffet with Animal Hosts

  • Location — Welcome Center (see map)
  • Dress code — relaxed
  • Restrooms are available
  • Indoor/outdoor venue — please bring a jacket or sweater
  • Hot buffet and bar

 

Scheduled activities, times and locations are subject to change.