Children learn about animal adaptation
Rockland — More than 30 youngsters enjoyed a fun-filled hour learning about animals at the Coastal Children's Museum Feb. 20.
Chewonki Foundation of Maine brought its traveling natural history program to the museum to teach attendees about animal adaptations and show them firsthand how they thrive in their habitat.
The program — designed for kindergarten through fifth grade — was presented by Jessica Woodent of the foundation. She exhibited and discussed a live corn snake and woodchuck, and was assisted by volunteers from the audience in showing off various paws, claws, and outer layers of animals.
Participants learned that Ella — the 4-foot-long corn snake — sheds her skin three times a year. They also found out she is not slimy feeling at all, and that her tongue is used to smell — it also tickles.
"She is so strong she can open her own box," said Woodent as she used a bungee cord to properly secure the creature in its resting place.
"We don't want any surprises," she exclaimed.
Children were encouraged to ask and answer questions about the animals, and even had the opportunity to feed a woodchuck — Monax — his lunch of kale.
The Chewonki Foundation began its traveling lessons in natural history 20 years ago, and are now guest educators to more than 20,000 students each year. Live animals and myriad teaching tools help students learn important lessons about the natural world and the conservation of life and resources on Earth, according to its website.
The event was sponsored by Mount Pleasant Dental Care of Rockport.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.