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Good Zoo Will Come To WVNCC

By Staff | Feb 11, 2009

Curators from Oglebay Park’s Good Zoo will visit the New Martinsville campus of West Virginia Northern Community College Feb. 21 when a free science educational program for students in grades one through six will be held.

WVNCC will sponsor the program from 10-11:45 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the downtown New Martinsville campus, 141 Main St., according to Larry Tackett, campus dean, and Dr. Suzanne Davis Clutter, biology instructor on the campus.

They said pre-registration for the program is required because of limited seating. They said parents may call WVNCC at 304-455-4684 to reserve space for any of the following free programs:

From 10-10:45 a.m., for grades one through three: “Backyard Buddies.” What wildlife can you find near your home? Many species of animals and plants live in the tri-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Find out about native wildlife and explore the amazing ecosystem in your own back yard. In this program, comparisons will be made between native and non-native species.

From 10-10:45 a.m. for grades four through six: “What is Energy?” Whether you’re a slug or a hummingbird, you use energy. This class will explore food chains and food webs. You’ll get to see live animals that play different roles as they use energy and pass it along.

From 11-11:45 a.m. for grades one through three: “What is that?” Explore animal classification in this fun, interactive program. What makes a bird a bird? Are snakes really slimy? Learn how to classify animals at first sight. Get up-close looks at animals including mammals, birds, and reptiles.

From 11-11:45 a.m. for grades four through six: “Amazing Designer Animals.” In this class group members will get to apply what they know about adaptations. They’ll look at some unusual physical attributes, determine their use, and relate them to new situations. Of course, live animals will be a part of the program.

“I urge area parents to take advantage of this opportunity for their children,” Tackett said.