About Eco Adventures

 
 

Our Facility, Our Staff & Our Animals

 
 

Hands-on Environmental Activities for Kids

Welcome

Eco Adventures houses over 100 native and exotic animals on display and for animal interactions. Many of our animals are rescued. Our facility complete with a simulated rainforest and underwater discovery room, neighbors the Severn Run Wildlife Area – 1700 acres of pristine wilderness -- ready to be explored by our young conservationists! With each visit, you will notice something new: new animals, new exhibits, new themed decorations! It is our pleasure to offer more variety of animals and programming…always something new and different.

Last year, more than 40,000 people enjoyed and attended our programs, appearances at festivals and special events!

At Eco Adventures, we are committed to providing the finest in conservation education. We offer enriching hands-on learning experiences through weekly classes, after school programs, camps, field trips, outreach programs, scouting events, special programs and more – all led by top-notch scientists & educators. On top of our educational programs, our parties and corporate events are sure to be the talk of the town.
Eco-Travel: Get your family ready to travel to Costa Rica to our rainforest reserve. This is the only interactive, hands-on and family-friendly travel-ed opportunity in Central Maryland!

Our Mission

The mission of Eco Adventures is to offer hands-on learning experiences that provide educational and enriching ecological experiences to students of all ages. The purpose of these programs is to create positive, personal experiences for people while inspiring them to make a difference in our planet.

Students have the rare opportunity to encounter extraordinary animals, discover various native and international ecological habitats, explore our environment through various art forms, and learn about ecological, technical, and scientific research projects around the world.

Certifications

  • USDA: Animal Welfare ACT class C:Exhibitor
  • DNR (Dept. of Natural resources) Endangered Species Permit
  • Scientific collecting permits
  • Captive reptile and amphibian permits

Our Qualifications & Instructors

Our owners and instructors are qualified environmental educators, herpetologist, marine biologist, animal keepers/trainers, naturalists, anthropologist, veterinary science degrees, artists with many advanced degrees. We are members of Zoo and Aquarium Association: Crocodilian Advisory Group, and International Crocodile Specialist Group.


Owner Dr. Brady Barr is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group. Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. He won numerous awards for his books including the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for “After a While...Crocodile”. He also won the very prestigious “Most Distinguished Alumni” award in 2017 from College of Education for Indiana University. Aside from being associated with National Geographic, Dr. Barr is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group. Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
See you later…alligator!

Mei Len Sanchez-Barr
Executive Director
 
 

Our Staff

 
Mei Len Sanchez-Barr — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Mei Len Sanchez-Barr

Executive Director
Marine Biologist
Mei Len's varied career is a testament to her lifelong passion for the conservation of the environment and its inhabitants. Her commitment to endangered and threatened species such as the Florida manatee, sea turtles, and alligators, has earned her accolades from the mayor of Miami, Florida.

She has over 20 years experience in Conservation Education at various institutions such as The National Aquarium in Baltimore, National Audubon Society, and Miami Seaquarium. As an advocate for young minority women in science, she was also featured in Baltimore Times highlighting her interesting career and achievements while celebrating women's history month March 2002. She was also chosen to appear in the Latina Magazine June issue 2006, as the featured inspirational Hispanic woman in marine biology careers.

Mei Len is currently the Aquarium and Zoo Association's (AZA) Crocodilian Advisory Group- Education Liaison and member of the Crocodilian Specialist Group. Mei Len is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Marine Science and had her graduate work at George Mason University in Conservation Education. She and her husband, Dr. Brady Barr, and 2 children live in Severna Park, MD.
 

 
Dr. Brady Barr is a reptile specialist and television personality. In over 15 years, he has traveled to more than 80 countries for National Geographic Television to host over 100 wildlife documentaries – more than anyone in National Geographic's history. In the process, he has worked with just about every animal imaginable – from crocodiles, alligators, and snakes to bears, sharks, lions, hippos, and more. Among his many notable achievements, Brady was the first person to ever capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild.

He's driven by a desire to get to know crocodiles and other species in their natural habitat so that we might best know how to save them in the wild (about one third of all crocodilians are endangered). The author of multiple children's books about reptiles, Brady is also the star of the educational XBOX game Dangerous Encounters, a collaboration with Microsoft. On the research front, Brady has participated in studies with leading scientists throughout the world including his ongoing research, supported by the National Geographic Society, into conservation of the American crocodile in Costa Rica, and his dietary study of alligators in the Florida Everglades.
 

Brady Barr, Ph.D.

Public Relations & Animal Expert
Brady Barr — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Brady received a Bachelor of Science in science education from Indiana University in 1987 and launched his teaching career at North Central High School in Indianapolis, teaching subjects like zoology, biology, and earth and life sciences. With a highly interactive classroom style, Brady encouraged his students to touch, see, and feel the animals firsthand. He went on to receive a Master of Science (1994) and a Ph.D. (1997) in Biology from the University of Miami.
Among his many media appearances, Brady has appeared in the FOX Network Special Super Croc and logged multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah,The Today Show, The View, and CNN. He's a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine, an ambassador for Nat Geo's Young Explorers Program in Asia, and an Educator/leader at the National Geographic Explorers Club for Kids. His recent speaking engagements include keynote speaker at the National Science Teachers Association, Annual Convention World Congress of Zoologists, Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, and numerous schools, zoos, aquariums, & museums and fundraising events across the country.

Brady is married to Mei Len Sanchez-Barr, a marine biologist and educator who runs Eco-educational programs for kids. They have two children.
Currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group, Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Bachelors of Science, Indiana University in 1987
Masters of Science (1994), University of Miami
Ph.D. (1997), University of Miami

 

Jessica Rosnick

Supervisor of Animal Keeping & Training, Lead Instructor
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, and specialty in Equine Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2003. In 2017, she earned her Professional Certification in Reptile and Amphibian Husbandry from the American Association of Zoo Keepers. At Eco Adventures, Jessica cares for and trains the animals, leads outreach programs, field trips, parties and other programs. She also is a member of the Kinder Farm Sheep Squad. Jessica enjoys photography, art, horse-back riding, & backpacking.
 
Jessica Rosnick — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

 
Kelsey Heyman — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Kelsey Heyman

Enrichment Specialist and Lead Instructor
Kelsey is a lead instructor at Eco Adventures – teaching camps, birthday parties, and other programs. She also works at the Maryland Science Center in children's programming. Kelsey will be receiving her degree in English and Medieval History in 2016. She previously volunteered as a keeper aid working with giraffes and great apes at the Maryland zoo and at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Kelsey loves reading, writing, art, and spending time with her pet snakes, lizards and ferrets.
 

 

Lauren Kashan

Lead Instructor
Lauren received her Bachelor Of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis on Herpetology at Towson University. There, she worked as a research tech studying the movements of Eastern Box Turtles while also providing husbandry for her herpetology lab's reptile collection. While studying at Towson, Lauren also did several zoo keeping internships at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, working with the reptiles and amphibians in both the Rainforest and Australia exhibits. After her graduation in 2013, Lauren returned to National Aquarium to work as a herpetoculturist, while also broadening her background to include aviculture. At Eco Adventures, Lauren leads parties and other programs, and cares for the animals. She also loves Harry Potter, Sugar Free Red Bull, campaigning for social justice, and touring as the vocalist of her hardcore-punk band, Sharptooth.
 
Lauren Kashan — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

 

Tina Hayden

Programs Coordinator
Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management from American Public University. She is a member of The Wildlife Society, where she serves as the MD/DE State Chapter Secretary as well as the American Public University System (APUS) Student Chapter President. She is a certified Maryland Master Naturalist and has volunteered on projects such as brown pelican banding, bog turtle surveys and the Owl Net project as well as various outreach opportunities. Tina is also currently a wildlife rehabilitator apprentice and will be certified as a master wildlife rehabilitator by the State of Maryland upon completion of her apprenticeship. In her spare time, she is involved in dog sports with her 3 doodles and is an avid hiker.
 
Tina Hayden — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

 
Anne Province — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Anne Province

Lead Instructor

Program Assistant and Lead InstructorAnne received her B.A. degree in Philosophy from Washington College (1989), and MEVL , Md. Teacher certification program -Md Teaching Certificate from Hood College (1996). She also studied a year abroad at the University of Edinburgh.Anne spent several years teaching children in Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County before sailing off to paradise (the Bahamas) with her husband. She spent 6 years living aboard a sailboat and had two children while doing so.
Being outdoors, traveling, spending time with family and all animals, hiking, sailing, reading and writing are a few of her favorite things. If you don't see her at Eco Adventures, you may find her out on the trail (she even hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon with her husband and young children.. talk about an ADVENTURE; you can even read an article she wrote about it in Chesapeake Family Magazine http://www.chesapeakefamily.com/fun/travel/1653-a...
 

Dana Willoughby

Lead Instructor

Brandon Haines

Lead Instructor

Agnes Hilbert

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Robbins

Administrative Assistant

 
 

Our Animals

At Eco Adventures we have all kinds of animals – from cute and furry, scaly and toothy, to creepy and crawly. From tarantulas, millipedes, scorpions, to dragons, turtles, and crocs! Did you know we have over 100 animals including many that we rescued? Here are just a few of our many amazing creatures:
 
Jefe — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Morelet's Crocodile

 
Wale — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

American Alligators

 
Spectacle Caiman — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Spectacle Caiman

 
 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

African Dwarf Crocodile

 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

African Slender Snout Crocodile

 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Salt Water Crocodile

 
 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Brazilian Short Tailed Opossum

 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

African Pygmy Hedgehog

 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

3 Banded Armadilo

 
 
Pele — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Southern Flying Squirrel

 
 
Diego — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Panther Chameleon

 
Diego — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Jackson's Chameleon

 
 
 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Reticulated Python

 
Burmese-Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Burmese Pythons

 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor

 
 
Ball Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Ball Pythons

 
Brooks King Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Brooks King Snake

 
Corn Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Corn Snake

 
 
Ball Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Wester Hognose Snake

 
Brooks King Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Savannah Monitor Lizard

 
Corn Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Bearded Dragons

 
 
Ball Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Madagascar Day Gecko

 
Brooks King Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

African Fat Tailed Gecko

 
Corn Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Crested Geckos

 
 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Blue-tongued Skink

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Uromastyx

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Eastern Tiger Salamander

 
 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Santa Isabel Poison Dart Frogs

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Pacman Frogs

 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Dumpy (White's) Tree Frogs

 
 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Red Eyed Tree Frog

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

American Bullfrogs

 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Fowler's & American Toads

 
 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

African Spurred (Sulcata) Tortoise

 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Red Footed Tortoise

 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Box Turtles

 
 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Diamondback Terrapins

 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Snapping Turtle

 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Yellow bellied Turtle

 
 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Map Turtles

 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 

Red Eared Slider

 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Giant African Millipede

 
 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Emperor Scorpions

 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches