June Is National Zoo and Aquarium Month

One of our family traditions is to visit aquariums whenever we travel.  It’s so interesting to see which particular animals are highlighted based on where we are geographically.  For example, at the Seattle Aquarium, the otters took center stage.  In Tampa, it was all about the manatees.  And in Denver, there was a lot of focus on freshwater fish that could be found in nearby rivers.

Dolphins at an Aquarium - get out to visit one in the month of June!

Dolphins at an Aquarium – get out to visit one in the month of June!

We also love going to meet the animals at zoological parks.  Our favorite so far is Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.  You get to feed the flamingos right out of your hand, and for the cost of a donation, we got to hold parrots, snakes, and even an alligator!

It turns out that June is National Zoo and Aquarium month, and while our city isn’t really large enough for a large zoo or any kind of aquarium, we will definitely be making a trip up to Cat Tales Zoological Park for an afternoon of lions, and tigers, and bears…oh, my!  (My daughter’s name is Dorothy, so I am obligated to make that joke.)

A day at the zoo or aquarium makes for such a wonderful and memorable field trip for classes or just a great time for families who want to continue learning opportunities during the summer.  A trip to the zoo can serve as a lesson in a nearly endless list of subjects such as:

  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Agriculture
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Geography
  • Habitat
  • Weather patterns
  • Ecosystems
  • Watershed
  • And so much more
  • Anthropology

In addition, time at the zoo or aquarium expands kids’ thinking.  You can ask questions that help kids develop their deductive reasoning skills.  (“Why does a chameleon change colors?”)  You can imagine what it would be like to live in a totally different climate.  (“How does rainfall affect the migration of animals on the savannah?”)  Or you can sharpen their skills when it comes to comparing and contrasting.  (“What are differences and similarities between turtles and tortoises?”)

If you don’t have a zoo or aquarium near you, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t see some of the world’s most amazing animals in action.  Many, many zoos have web cams set up so that anyone can log onto their web site and enjoy the animals’ antics.  Here are some to get you started:

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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1 comment

  1. Susie

    Love this web cam idea! Who’d a “thunk” it! Cannot wait to take my grandkids to see the Pandas and share this on Facebook! Love everything you offer here, and when budgets are tight, free is where the fun is at. Thank you so much!

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