Hello friends! Aleshia Keene here! I am your fabulous guest writer for this field trip. Today, we borrowed The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and took over Torreya State Park, for an educational experience ALL ABOUT BEARS!
A team of the FWC's Bear Biologists met us at the local state park to teach us about the Florida Black Bear. Did you know that most Florida Black Bear deaths are from being hit by a vehicle? It's true! That's exactly what happened to the biologists' display bears.
The children's favorite part was most definitely the sensory bin! Close your eyes and dig in. You might find bear spray, a tranquilizer dart, nuts... maybe even a tooth or claw!
You'll also find poop (aka skat). Yes, folks... it was real! Covered in plastic though, of course. I think it's safe to say it was one of the highlights of the sensory bin. You can learn a lot about an animal based on their poop! Who would have thought!
How about a joke? What did the bear eat to catch on a snare? Anyone?
Betchya didn't guess donuts! No joke! True story! I gotta say, I don't blame the bears for falling for that little trick. It would get me every time too! Donuts are life! Ironically, the biologists didn't even have to use donuts to snare the kids... they offered up their arms willingly.
Just a little shameless bragging here... I LOVE how inquisitive the kiddos are. They always come ready to learn and have a great time.
After the FWC wrapped up their presentation, we all congregated over lunch and open play. Then Torreya State Park's Ranger Kevin took us on a special hike to the historic "Stone Bridge" built by the Conservation Corps sometime in the late 1930's or early 1940s. We even got to see a huge American Bald Eagle nest during our trek! One that is still active every year. How special!
I am happy to say that this marks yet another successful educational and social experience for our children. Many thanks and love to the FWC's Bear Biologists and Torreya State Park for making such a big impact on the progression of our children's futures.