had a surprise for the dozen campers sitting in a Rookery Bay classroom Tuesday morning.
..."It's Snakester," said Owen, an education specialist at Rookery Bay.
Snakester is a red rat snake and his
visit was one of several educational opportunities Island children participating in the Junior Naturalist Camp at Rookery Bay were able to experience this week.
According to the camp description, the one-week camp will give children a chance to identify new species of fish, snakes and birds, while honing their observation skills and search for signs of life at Rookery Bay Reserve.Students spend three of the five days at Rookery Bay, the rest of the time is spent on field trips.
Students will be traveling to Tigertail Beach today, Owen
said.A trip to Eagle Creek in Naples is scheduled for Friday.
This is the first time the park has paired up with Rookery Bay to host a summer camp.The camp gives children a chance to better understand the environment in which they live, Owen
"We're hoping they learn more about the animals in their backyard," she
Learning about a specific animal will come in handy on Friday when students do a performance for their parents highlighting what they learned, Owen
While at Eagles Lake, Owen
said children will participate in the â€˜Council of All Beings,' where each child represents all a specific species they studied throughout the week.