Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Naturalists and Owl Visit Greenville 3rd Graders

Naturalists and Animal Ambassador, Greta the Great Horned Owl, from the Darke County Park District recently visited all Greenville third grade classes for a program on “Ohio’s Owls”. Students learned about the different owl species that are found in Ohio, some that could even be found in their own backyard and the many adaptations that make owls such unique birds of prey. The third graders then got the chance to meet Greta and see these adaptations on a live specimen and why Great Horned Owls earn the nickname “Tiger of the Sky”.

“I love having the naturalists come into our classroom with animals!” said Sherry Flora, Third Grade Teacher at Greenville City Schools. “The students are naturally fascinated by animals, especially when they are animals that they normally cannot see up close. The third graders study about animal adaptations and the naturalists do a great job talking about and helping the kids understand the adaptations of an owl. Shawnee Prairie truly provides an amazing resource to the students of Darke County!”

If you are a teacher and are interested in having a Naturalist come to your classroom, we have many different programs available to meet your needs and the current curriculum. These programs are FREE of charge to you and your students. Please contact Erica Wentworth at 937.548.0165 to schedule a Naturalist in your classroom. As always, fields trips to Shawnee Prairie can be scheduled by calling the Nature Center and speaking with Robb Clifford. A full guide of available programs and email contacts can be found on our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

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