The girls and I had so much fun visiting the Holtsville Ecology Center today. We have been coming here since Emily was probably about 2 1/2 years old and always enjoy seeing and learning about the different animals. I have to admit, we probably haven’t visited in at least a year, so when I saw a friend post pictures of their recent trip on Facebook, I knew we had to visit during our Spring Break from school. It is about a 40 minute drive from our house, but it is totally worth it. The girls always have a great time checking out the animals and then there is also a playground and a picnic area, so you can really make a nice day trip out of it. Plus, since it is still an off season it was free to get in. (Although starting May 1st it is only $5.oo a car, which is totally worth it!!)
All ready to check out the animals!!
Emily and Clara really enjoyed feeding the goats, so I made sure I had a handful of quarters with me to buy the pellets to feed them.
A great view of the foxes.
Emily and Juliette really liked reading the information about each animal. They were very interested in their lifespan and how the different animals got here. The ecology center is a place for animals to live that can not be released back into the wild. The two bald eagles that live here have wing injuries and are unable to fly. We also found out that one of the foxes never learned to hunt and relies completely on humans to be fed.
I love that Emily and Juliette are at the point where they can read on their own and are actually looking to find out more information by reading the signs and plaques at the different places we go to.
It’s hard to pick a favorite animal to visit.
The farm section has chickens, cows, goats and a pig.
Inside the education building we found an Iguana
There was also an exhibit of stuffed animals, owl pellets and other interesting things.
Check out some of our other family field trips.
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