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Eagle Bluff Nature Center brings wildlife to Evergreen Park

Students touching a turtle from the Eagle Bluff Nature Center at Evergreen Park Elementary on March 23(04/06/2023) On March 23, the Eagle Bluff Nature Center visited Evergreen Park Elementary: STEM School of Innovation to teach students in kindergarten, first and second grades about reptiles. 

Students learned about reptiles that are native to Minnesota, including two snakes named Fox and Bryan, and a turtle named Tuttle. As a part of the STEM curriculum at Evergreen Park, students in kindergarten, first, and second grade learn all about animals in their third-trimester STEM integration lessons. View photos of students interacting with wildlife

In those lessons, students learn about habitats and adaptations before conducting an animal research project. 

“This opportunity allowed our students to learn more about animals in Minnesota that they may not have seen or known about,” said Caitlin Meyer, curriculum integrator at Evergreen Park. “It was a perfect connection for all grade levels to their spring animal integration lesson.”

Chueyee, a kindergartner at Evergreen Park said: “My favorite part was the snake. It was cool to see a big snake at Evergreen Park.”

“I liked seeing some of my favorite animals at school,” said William, a second-grade student. 

The STEM program and design process at Evergreen Park provides opportunities for students to think critically while involving hands-on learning.