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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Field trip

At least one day of every vacation needs to be an educational day. We did have that unique lesson on the Native Mermaidians but it wasn't quite enough so today was deemed educational day. We decided to try out the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ. Whether you believe in educational days or not, this is a great choice. It is perfect for all ages and very family friendly. The only downside is that it is not wheelchair or stroller friendly; you will be going up and down several sets of steps and the path isn't flat or even.

We were able to get up close and personal with fiddler crabs, a red-winged blackbird, turtles, and other sea creatures.

And a rare opportunity - a terrapin digging a hole for her eggs. The Wetlands Institute then numbers the hole and covers it to protect the eggs from predators. When the eggs hatch they will weigh each baby before allowing it to return to the water.

Take your lunch; they have a nice little picnic area.

And for families with blind children, there are plenty of hands-on opportunities; a rare find in these days of don't touch the exhibits or the animals.

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