Back in the swing of things…like howler monkeys


howler monkey in a tree

What a great class we had on Tuesday learning all about habitats.

We learned that a habitat is where an animal gets everything it needs to survive:  food, water, shelter and space.  We learned about deserts, arctic habitats, oceans and forests of all kinds, but really focused on rain forests due to my latest trip to the Costa Rican Rain forest:

michelle in rainforest

Can you pick which animal does not belong in the picture above?

We sorted animals into different habitats.


We went on a bear hunt and sang and slapped rhythm for a fun adventure through forests, marshes, lakes and caves. We ended the program with a little monkey play.  We read a cute story called  Big Little Monkey by Carol Lexa Schaefer.  It is a cute story about a little monkey who is yearning to play with someone but his family is too sleepy so he decides he is a big monkey and ventures off on his own fun seeking adventure and meets some other tree dwelling, rain forest friends and foes.

s.big little monkey

Everyone went home with their own howler monkey friend:

howler monkey 3

howler monkey1

Here is how we made it with a little glue, a few staples and wa-la, our own big little monkey:

howler monkey 5


About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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