A Visit from some “Wild Teachers” at Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle...

A Visit from some “Wild Teachers” at Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School

243
SHARE
Students learned about wildlife during a presentation from Wildlife Associates.
Students learned about wildlife during a presentation from Wildlife Associates.
Students learned about wildlife during a presentation from Wildlife Associates.

It was a wild Friday for the students of the Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School. Pre-K, Kindergarten and First graders huddled together for a visit from some very “Wild Teachers.”
These teachers, part of non-profit group Wildlife Associates, were a hawk, owl, fox, opossum, coatimundi and porcupine. Each animal was individually spotlighted for 5-10 minutes, as two members of the Wildlife Associates explained habitats, eating habits and why each animal was not living in the wild anymore.
According to the group’s website, www.wildlifeassociates.org, “The focus of Wildlife Associates educational programs is to empower and awaken our compassion for living things and to develop a new knowledge base, leaving the next generation with the motivation to act responsibly toward the earth”.
Started by environmental educator Steve Karlin in 1980, the Wildlife Associates provides more than 800 educational presentations a year across the San Francisco Bay area. This visit, organized by Science Educator Michelle Varnau, proved to be a powerful platform of education in developing children’s awareness of the wild life around them.
The presentation brought visual inspiration and understanding of the importance of taking care of the environment. The visit concluded with an oath taken by the students to respect nature, embrace the environment and protect the wild animals.