Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Our Classroom Today--April 6

We hit the Minnesota Zoo again today. Outdoor places are still a bit unpredictable weather-wise, so the best plan is an indoor venue! The zoo is a perennial favorite, which is good. There is also enough variety that we can see different things each time. They had some zoo babies out this time, and the kids enjoyed looking at the baby chicks.

It was also warm enough to walk the "Minnesota Trail." They have vastly improved this area of the zoo in the last couple of years, but it is not an enclosed trail. It has more to shield you from the elements, but when it is really cold, it is very cold on the trail. I don't like cold, so we rarely go out there in the winter. The wolves were frolicking and we were able to see MANY bird in the feeder area, including wild turkeys and woodpeckers.

After lunch, we were treated to the viewing of a tarantula. There are awesome volunteers at our zoo. One of the things they get to do is bring out some of the educational items and talk to visitors about them. We often get to touch pelts and see skeletal parts. This was the first time I had seen the tarantula, though. The kids were quite intrigued.

We also rode the monorail this time. The monorail is a train that runs on a track over all the outside exhibits. Sometimes you can't see much, but sometimes you can see more. We were able to see a number of animals this time, including a baby camel! So cute!


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