In loving memory of Paul Rowland


paul rowland

You made us smile,

you made us laugh;

You made your mark here,

Sent people on the right path.

You came to the rescue

as an extraordinary volunteer

You will always be remembered

Year after year.

Your memory lives on Paul and we will miss you so much!~





Small World


We learned all about magnification on this day so we could use our eyes to see the details of a small world.  Check out our youngest microscopists:hand lensesmicroscope matching2microscopes

They did it! They could actually see the image.  How do I know, I had this matching game where they had to pick the picture of what they saw under the microscope and then try to figure out what it was in the Macro world.

I love teaching these wonderful minds!





King for a Day–Cats Love Boxes!


We had such a fun day making a cardboard castle for our recently turned 5 year old cougar.  I had so may little kitty helpers to paint the castle.  At the end of the program, we made cougar masks and paper tails and then pounced down to the exhibit to see the cougar and castle in action.  Here are highlights of the day:


Here is the video of his first interaction with the castle if you missed it:


He was more attracted to the ice dragon that the animal keepers made for him.  He kept coming back to the castle all day.  I am sure it made his day!

Thanks everyone!  Special thanks to our keepers who never get thanked by the animals they keep!  Happy Zookeepers Week!~  We have the greatest team here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center!


animal keeper on cougar day


Born to Roam


Did you know that bison are prairie makers?  We learned all about bison today and even read a sweet book about an old bison that is adopted by a calf in Grandfather Buffalo:

grandfather buffalo

We learned that a buffalo is a misnomer for our American Bison (Bison bison) because when the white people came to America they saw a familiar animal to their buffalo and they named it a buffalo.  The scientists corrected us and showed us how they are cousins to buffalo but are their own species.  I won’t be bothered by the nickname though.  Just call it an American Buffalo and we will know who you are talking about.

We learned how all that roaming and grazing and pooping makes prairies:  We ended class by making our own bison chia prairie heads.  Check  them out!






Front Porch Pickin’ Party


We opened up our 1800’s cabins and learned a little about home living in the old days.  Ms. Pam cooked cornbread for us on the hearth and we had a little home style pickin’ party!

It was so much fun that next year (we only do this when it is coldish) we are going to do it twice, once to learn about old fashioned toys and another for an old time music jam party.  Keep up with this one. It is a not-to-miss event for you and your little one: