The early childhood program in Oswego County BOCES (OCB) got some very special visitors on Tuesday November 4th. As part of their Zoo to You program, Rosamond Gifford Zoo brought some of their animals to OCB. Zoo to You is a traveling educational program that visits a variety of venues, such as schools, libraries, community centers, senior housing and day-care centers to provide an interactive, hands-on learning experience. Each program involves live animals, and the zoo staff-utilize bio-facts throughout their presentation to teach participants about more animals.
The children watched intently as Christine Howell, Education Coordinator for Rosamond Gifford Zoo, got ready to bring out the animals. The first was a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach named Maxine, followed by a Box Turtle named, Ethyl. The last animal from the presentation was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPigÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Pigwidgeon, an Eastern Screech Owl that was rescued after having been hit by a car. Children were also given the chance to see a cockroachÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s exoskeleton, examine an empty turtle shell and touch a feather from the largest flying bird, the Andean Condor. Students got to learn about each animal as they were being presented, and even got a close-up view of them. After the presentation Christine Howell and her assistant, John Brieaddy, were available to answer any questions.
The early childhood program at OCB holds many other special events throughout the year to encourage social, intellectual and physical development of children between three and four years old. In the classroom, they will engage in hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. The program operates Monday through Thursday, and offers morning or afternoon classes that run from October to May. For more information about the early childhood program or to obtain an application, contact Missie Nabinger at 963-4434.