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Animals and Students Come Face to Face
Animals and Students Come Face to Face
Posted on 12/14/2021
Oakley Elementary students holding fox fur.By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept. 

Learning came to life, literally, as Oakley Elementary fourth graders enjoyed a chilly but fun field trip to the WNC Nature Center on Thursday, December 9.

Several teachers, including Ms. Irene Marsh, have taught the students engaging classroom lessons about how animals survive in the wild. They taught the students about adaptations that help animals survive in different environments.

The WNC Nature Center is a zoological park, where students were able to see native North Carolina animals in enclosures very similar to their natural habitats. Ms. Marsh feels the trip was beneficial to the class.

“Coming to the Nature Center helped bring the students closer to the environment and interact with a multitude of living beings that are native to NC,” said Ms. Marsh.

Staff at the WNC Nature Center led small groups around the park and explained the different animals and their habitats. Some of the animals students saw were birds, foxes, otters, red pandas and snakes.

“Obviously animals are more exciting than I am,” said Chrissy Cochran, an Education Specialist at the Nature Center. “This is great because that means they are connecting to those animals and seeing their characteristics.”

Students definitely spent a lot of time putting what they learned in the classroom into action. Several participated by holding a fox fur and asking the staff at the Nature Center clarifying questions; however, the lessons about wild animals don’t stop at the Nature Center, according to Ms. Marsh.

“Our students learned lots of new information that we will continue to explore and write about in the coming days,” she said.

Learning came to life, literally, as Oakley Elementary fourth graders enjoyed a chilly but fun field trip to the WNC Nature Center on Thursday, December 9.


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