OSWEGO – Residents at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego learned some new facts about animals, some familiar to our area, which are a part of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse; and even got to meet a few up close!
Residents learned about the habits and habitats of eastern box turtles, opossums and parrots and were able to ask questions of the Gifford Zoo’s outreach educators who provided the program.
Pictured (seated) is St. Luke Health Services resident Laura McCarey; as she is introduced to “Allie the Opossum.” Holding Allie is Rosamond Gifford Zoo Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos. “Allie” and other animals paid a visit to St. Luke as part of the Gifford Zoo’s “Zoo to You” program.
The Rosamond Gifford “Zoo to You” Program is a traveling, inquiry-based educational program. The goal of “Zoo to You” is to increase awareness of the animal kingdom and encourage the participants to be environmentally conscious.
Each program includes live animals such as birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, among others, and some of the animals may be touchable.
Bio facts (animal-related artifacts) are shared to create a hands-on experience for the participants. All “Zoo to You” programs are presented by professional zoo educators.
The St. Luke Family of Caring is an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater-Oswego County area.
Affiliates include St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons Assistive Living Residence in Oswego and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.
Together they provide care and services to more than 350 people, and together employ more than 470 in our community.