Wildlife Trunk/Safari in a Box

Are you looking for a Wildlife Adventure right in your classroom? The Wildlife Trunk is a kit filled with a variety of animal pelts, skulls, tracks, scat replicas, wildlife fact sheets, activities, DVDs, videos and posters all neatly packaged in a large tote trunk. A guide to animal skulls, wildlife classroom activities and Project WILD materials are included. You must pick up and return the trunk to the location from which you borrowed it.

The Sables Club, a part of the Maine Chapter of Safari Club International, has fund-raised for most of these trunks in full or part. The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has also funded many of these kits through a grant.

This convenient, hands-on, activity based teaching kit will help your students understand wildlife identification, management and proper conservation practice. The trunk is a great tool for homeschool groups, for use in school conservation fairs, Envirothon practice, and by scout groups and classroom teachers.

Wildlife Trunks have been placed at locations statewide. Please contact the facility nearest to you to arrange to borrow the trunk. A small deposit may be required to ensure full return of all materials in the trunk. Length of time the trunk may be lent will vary with the facility. If you need more information, please contact Lisa Kane, IFW Education Coordinator, at MDIFW Headquarters in Augusta at (207) 557-0118.

Trunk locations

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Ashland Regional Office
Attn: Traci Bushey
PO Box 447
Ashland, ME 04732-0447
Telephone: (207) 435-3231 ext. 1

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Resource Management Office
Attn: Diana Harper
650 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Telephone: (207) 941-4466
**Please see note below.

Maine Discovery Museum
Attn: Trudi Plummer, Dir. of Education
74 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Telephone: (207) 262-7200


Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
Attn: Ed Friedman, Chair
42 Stevens Road
Bowdoinham, ME 04008
Telephone: (207) 666-3372

Bryant Pond
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center
PO Box 188
Bryant Pond, ME 04219
(207) 665-2068

Maine Audubon Society
20 Gilsland Farm Road
PO Box 6009
Falmouth, ME 04105-6009
Telephone: (207) 781-2330 ext. 201

Maine Wildlife Park
56 Game Farm Road
Gray, ME 04039
(207) 657-4977 x 0

LC Bates Museum
Attn: Deborah Staber, Director
Route 201
Hinckley, ME 04944
Telephone: (207) 238-4250

Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center
Rich Bouchard, Facilities Coordinator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
One Tanglewood Road
Lincolnville, ME  04849
cell: 207-322-3437   fax: 207-789-5220
TDD:  207-581-1226

Smithfield Plantation Trustees
c/o Diane Clay, Chairman
Litchfield Town Office
2400 Hallowell Road
Litchfield, ME 04350
Telephone: (207) 268-3247
Town Office (207) 268-4721

Rangeley Sportsmen's Club
Attn: Elaine Holcombe
439 Birches Beach Road
Oquossoc, ME 04694

Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association
272 Main Road
Phippsburg, ME 04562
Telephone: (207) 443-9426

Greenland Point Center
To be announced in 2019

Melissa Brandt
York County Soil & Water Conservation District
21 Bradeen St, Suite 104
Springvale, ME 04083
Tel: (207) 324-0888 X 214
Fax: (207) 324-4822

Wells Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve
Attn: Suzanne Kahn, Education Director
342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, ME 04090
Telephone: (207) 646-1555 ext. 116


Mt. Agamenticus Conservation Program
Attn: Robin L. Kerr, Conservation Coordinator
186 York St.
York, ME 03909
Telephone: (207) 361-1102

Note: The trunk available at the Bangor Office is slightly different than the others listed above. Furbearer Fundamentals is a teacher resource that contains a three-week (or longer), multidisciplinary unit of study that focuses on furbearers found in the northeastern United States. It can be used in its entirety or broken into parts that can be used individually as supplemental educational materials and activities. The informational materials and activities are designed for middle school students, but may be modified to reach both younger and older students. The Furbearer Fundamentals Kit contains pelts, rubber tracks and scat, skulls and reference books, various informational resources on furbearers and regulated wildlife management including: the web site conservewildlife.org on CD, videos on regulated trapping, the Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation booklet and the Trapping in the 21st Century pamphlet.

Kids handling furs and skulls

Kids are able to handle the
furs and skulls in the trunk.

Using the mammal skull identification keys

Activities include using the
mammal skull identification keys.

Envirothon students at workEnvirothon students at work

Envirothon students use activity sheets to become more familiar with the pelts
and skulls in preparation for the regional wildlife test section.

Photo of deer skullSketch of deer skull

Students in an art class created scale drawings of skulls from the safari trunk kit.