Sonoma Ecology Center’s outdoor classrooms | Sonoma Index-Tribune

Thanks to some dry weather in May and June, the Sonoma Ecology Center’s Watershed Education programs finished the year with exciting classroom projects.

The nonprofit’s in-house educators, Holland Gistelli and Tony Passantino, brought their Wildlife Defenders and Water Wonders programs – for second graders and fifth graders, respectively – to classrooms around the Valley.

At Flowery, Dunbar and Prestwood elementary schools, dozens of Valley second-graders learned about the oak life cycle, investigated animal skulls to determine their adaptations, discovered the importance of habitat, and had a special presentation from Wildlife Fawn Rescue. The students took a field trip to Montini Open Space Preserve for first-hand experience of the oak woodland ecosystem. (Classes at El Verano, Sassarini, Kenwood, St. Francis, and Sonoma Charter elementary schools also…

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