Founded by Joe Estes as a nonprofit operation, Safari Joe's Reptile World provides a 200-acre sanctuary for more than 250 exotic animals—including lions, leopards, alligators, pythons, and large tortoises—that were unwanted, abused, or neglected. Each week, five to six new animals are donated or abandoned at the facility. Though these animals cannot return to the wild, they receive nurturing care from a cadre of more than 30 volunteers.
While newly abandoned animals remain hidden from view within the sanctuary, the park also boasts exhibit such as Reptile World. This educational, hands-on environment encourages visitors to interact with a slew of exotic animals while learning about protecting each species and their natural habitats.
The Swim School of Joplin provides certification-level scuba lessons, diving vacations, and rental gear to help students to gain their underwater legs. Originally founded in Memphis in 1961, The Swim School of Joplin has since expanded aquatic operations to four states in the South and Midwest and runs scuba programs at both the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis. Instructional programs include everything from introductory swimming and snorkeling lessons to specialty courses in night diving, search-and-rescue diving, and diving while learning to play the guitar.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
The experienced strapclingers at Stay in the Saddle's Cactus Bars Ranch teach fledgling equestrians how to ride in the authentic Western riding style. Different from methods taught at most instructional facilities, the Stay in the Saddle method incorporates comfort, control, confidence, and telepathic communication to create an unbreakable bond between horse and rider. Stop by Cactus Bars Ranch for a challenging, on-site lesson, or take a digital ride with the Basic Western Horsemanship and Riding Lessons DVD, which provides safety, handling, grooming, tack, and riding know-how through comprehensive elucidations and demonstrations. The DVD's instructor, Janel Brookshire, teaches a deep and balanced seat and offers tips on buying your first horse while discussing ways to teach your second horse not to split its infinitives.
Free from the competitive environment of a testosterone-stuffed gym or mixed-martial hopscotch tournament, women's boot camp encourages the estrogen-enhanced of all ages, skill levels, and abilities to motivate each other in a comfortable group setting. Adventure's certified trainers in Tulsa and Owasso constantly challenge participants to achieve higher levels of fitness. Each class takes you through a variable variety of body-blasting, calorie-pulverizing exercises that might include core conditioning, short-distance running, jumping rope, obstacle courses, and a few last-minute surprise twists, such as discovering that boot camp was all a dream. You'll also get an orientation, initial fitness screening, nutrition and meal plan, and fitness reports.