Halloween has earned a reputation as the most eco-friendly of holidays thanks to its direct support of candlelight, spider appreciation, and free-range pumpkin patches. Keep the spooks green with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission for two adults and two children to Enchanted Green Hallow's Eve at the STAR Eco Station in Culver City (up to a $16 value). This Groupon is valid for the event on Saturday, October 29, or Sunday, October 30, both from 12–6 p.m.
For two days, the STAR Eco Station's enriching environmental exhibits flaunt bewitching decorations amid a plethora of family-friendly activities during Enchanted Green Hallow's Eve. Grownups and little ghouls alike can don their favorite costumes and explore the eco-educational space, encountering snakes, turtles, lizards, exotic reptiles, and tarantulas disguised as exotic reptiles in a magical and festive setting. Staff members spin spellbinding tales of ecological adventure and paint children's faces to match the parrot, bobcat, or sea cucumber of their choice as a contest awards treats to the most creative costume.
Garnering numerous awards from media and government officials, the STAR Eco Station stands as one part exotic-animal refuge, one part environmental-science museum. Through hands-on encounters with wildlife saved from illegal traffickers, nefarious smugglers, and irresponsible Saturday-morning cartoon artists, the center's knowledgeable staff members impart lessons on conservation and ecology to future generations.
STAR Enrichment Center and Star Eco Station
The STAR Enrichment Center and Star Eco work in tandem to enrich the lives of children, adults, and animals. When animals are rescued from dangerous living situations or seized from the hands of smugglers, STAR Eco Station provides them with second chances at peaceful lives. But the facility doesn't just serve as a haven for more than 200 rescued animals. Perhaps just as importantly, it also educates the public as an environmental science museum. During public tours, guides lead guests through exhibits of rescued exotic animals, such as parrots, pythons, and wildcats, while explaining the habits, history, and New Year's resolutions of each creature. The recipient of multiple awards from media and government agencies, STAR Eco Station also provides educational outreach programs to more than 40 California school districts and works in concert with conservation organizations such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paw Project, and Heal the Bay.
At the STAR Enrichment Center in Beverlywood, learning enrichment takes center stage for adults and children alike. Here, dedicated teaching professionals offer courses in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), child development, visual and media art, and language. Through courses that range from pre-natal workshops to parent and child classes, the center has earned a reputation for hosting engaging curriculum for all ages. The Enrichment Center is also home to the STAR Prep Academy and STAR Preschool.