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Naturalist brings life to schools

April 4, 2014

Kindergarten students Noah Bishop, left, Emma Hughes, Ragen Schmelzer, Jacob Rinehart, Ian Butler and Derek Kohli observe a living hamster in the left cage, and a fake one in the right cage. The students were asked to determine the characteristics that define living and non-living things during a presentation by naturalist Beth Theisen at Wapakoneta Elementary School on Thursday. (Staff photo/John Bush)

As part of their lesson on living and non-living things, kindergarten students at Wapakoneta Elementary School were given a hands-on presentation by Beth Theisen, a naturalist who works at the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District in Lima.

Theisen travels around the area giving presentations to classes and various other groups, educating them about animals, conservation and respecting nature.

On Thursday, she stopped by WES, bringing several different types of caged animals for the children to observe.

She brought with her a snake who had recently laid eggs, a hamster, a tortoise and a fish. Along with these live animals, she placed stuffed or plastic creatures that mimicked the real ones next to the animals in similar cages. The students were then asked to rotate in stations to observe each animal, and determine which one was alive and which was not.

For the full story, see the Friday, April 4 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.


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