Young children love animals! They are even fascinated with wild animals since they are sometimes characters in stories that are read to them. So, it is especially important that children are taught more about wild animals than just what they know from storybooks. This will create a child with an appreciation of wildlife and an understanding of some of the basic workings of the world of nature.
The children enrolled in the Athens 3 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. learning about wildlife meant meeting Pennsylvania’s Deputy Game Warden Joseph Mihalek. On Monday, Feb. 11, Mr. Mihalek visited the children. He showed the children pelts of animals native to Pennsylvania and explained how to identify the animals based on their fur, their tracks, and many other characteristics.
Mihalek also discussed the importance of being safe around wildlife. He explained that wild animals must be treated differently than a pet because wild animals often feel scared when people are around. Next, Mihalek talked about how to treat a wild animal and what the children should do if they ever encounter a wild animal.
The children were able to explore the pelts and ask Mihalek questions about the animals and his job. The children of the Athens 3 classroom would like to thank Mr. Mihalek for taking the time to visit them and educate them about wildlife.
Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. is a program that offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of five; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts services.
For more information, call (570) 638-1400, visit www.bradfordtiogahs.org, or find them on Facebook.