Thursday, April 28, 2016

Family Field Trip Fun ~ The Holtsville Ecology Center

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.

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Sarah | Digital Motherhood said...

That looks a great place to visit, my LO loves anything to do with animals and I love the fact she takes an interest in something a bit educational as well! Glad you had a good day :)

Michelle said...

Thank you, I love that they love learning and finding out more about animals too. I was such an animal lover as a child, and still am now as an adult. Its fun to see my children enjoying the things I did. Thank you so much for your comment :)

Maria (one tiny leap) said...

The ecology centre looks great, we love going to these sort of places, the children learn so much (and so do we!!). #whatevertheweather

Chloe/Life Unexpected said...

What a great adventure. We love getting to feed the animals. It's such a fun way to make the day out interactive. It's so lovely that they're all reading now and able to explore independently. It must make it so much more interesting for them. I can't wait for the day when my little one stops to read things. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xxx

Jenny said...

It looks amazing, I love visiting places where the kids can get up and close to the animals and feeding them is always so much fun. It must be so nice for your older girls to be able to read the information on their own and get even more out of the experience. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x


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