As a teacher, as a student, as a learner, as a college graduate, as a human being, there are days where you just have days.
There’s no other way to describe it except just by saying that Monday was one of those incredible, unreal, wow-I-can’t-believe-I’m-here, kind of days. We went on a field trip to Eco Park Diamante to see up-close and personal the animals the second graders had been studying for their last big project of the year.
(Side note: one of our earlier posts was talking about field trips and how both Mom/I kind of dread them, but this one really changed my view of them to be completely honest.)
I’m not sure how else to describe the experience except through pictures, to see what I saw.
We started with an hour and a half bus ride, playing iSpy, Cheesey Touch, and eating snacks.
Once we got to the Eco Park, we had to take another bus to the visitors’ center, and another to the actual animal sanctuary.
Here we are waiting at the welcome center, looking at a map and organizing our plan of attack for seeing all the animals.
I also couldn’t resist getting a picture of these awesome kiddos waiting zip-liners and “The White House” (which is actually just a popular resort).
Can you tell we were excited??
The first animal we saw was the chestnut-chested toucan. The best part about the big birds were that we actually got to hold them!
Then it was off to the snakes, then big cats! (Here we are peering into the margay cage.)
The jaguars were playing around when we got there. When we went back later in the day, Nico (one of the jaguars) was sleeping.
Monkeys!! They actually climbed on over to us too. This one had a baby on its back that I didn’t even notice until one of my kiddos pointed and shouted with awe, “look, a baby!”
Then we said “hello” to a crocodile, which was amusing since we know a song “Never Smile at a Crocodile!” You can’t see him in this picture, but he was basically right below where the kids are standing.
Found the iguana doppleganger of this little nugget and just had to take a picture. (He’s in the middle right. They both have red tops and the iguana was basically the size of this guy.)
In the butterfly exhibit we got to hold butterflies on our hands. I’m holding a blue morpho, which is one of the biggest butterflies in the whole world!
The worker in the butterfly area also let us set a newly emerged butterfly into the sanctuary! However, the butterfly didn’t want to leave us, so we thought blowing on it would be a good idea (update: it didn’t work).
My favorite animal was the sloth!! We got to see it during feeding time. Not only are they too lazy to eat, they’re also so lazy and slow that they don’t even need cages.
We rejoined as a whole class and explored the butterfly exhibit again. Everyone wanted their picture with the butterfly they were holding. And I, of course, obliged (happily).
Finally, on our way out, I snuck away with this little nug to say goodbye to his favorite animal, the jaguar.
Best field trip I’ve ever been on that’s for sure. It was amazing to see all of these animals in rehabilitation homes and then to see the pure joy on my students’ faces when they saw the animals they had been studying.
Times like these make me never want to leave and make me incredibly happy and confident of the profession I chose.