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What's That Sting?

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

with Alexander Konarski

About Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, as well as immersive Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000 square-foot experience celebrates those who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, the campus is a centerpiece of America’s Conservation Capital in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. Wonders of Wildlife has been voted “Best New Attraction in America” and “America’s Best Aquarium” by the readers of USA TODAY. Johnny Morris’ personal passion for conservation has positioned Wonders of Wildlife with an opportunity like no other attraction to have a positive national impact on wildlife and conservation. By partnering with leading conservation organizations, Johnny Morris has established one of the most valuable and respected conservation and education centers in the world based in the heartland of America.

About the class

Do you know what a cnidarian is? Or how a cnidarian protects itself? Cnidaria is a phylum classification that contains only aquatic organisms — and these organisms have many different characteristics! One of the most interesting characteristics is their sometimes-fearsome sting. In this live class, we'll embark on an underwater journey to learn more about these unique organisms.

To participate in the hands-on portion of this lesson, students will need a butter knife, a jumbo marshmallow, an edible spread (like peanut butter or frosting), and Nerds rope (or Twizzlers with sprinkles).

Meet your instructor, Alexander.

Alexander Konarski is a lead educator for Wonders of Wildlife. Through "My Edventure with Wonders of Wildlife," which started almost 4 years ago, Alexander gets the opportunity to work directly with animals he is passionate about, as well as to expand the minds of every guest that walks through the doors. All his life, Alexander has wanted to work in the animal field. That journey started before he was a teenager, volunteering at the local zoo in their ambassador program, which blossomed into a job opportunity. Alexander has worked/volunteered in the animal field for over 15 years.

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