Children in Pascagoula get hands-on lesson with wildlife

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It was a super Saturday in Pascagoula as more than 1,000 adults and kids trekked to the local Family Interactive Center for some animal fun. It was Welcome to Wetlands day at Pascagoula's Family Interactive Center where snakes, turtles and alligators were the main attractions.

"It is just a great way for children to engage with the wildlife in this area," Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said.

While some kids were not ready to get up close and personal with the animals, others jumped at chance. The red rat snake attracted the most attention.

"This is Domino. He is our red rat snake, and it teaches children to leave all snakes alone because they don't know if it is venomous or non-venomous," said Missy Dubuisson, Wild at Heart Rescue volunteer.

Along with these creatures, the learning zone also focused on the wonders of water.

"We have two displays to talk about saving water, loving water and sharing water," said volunteer Eva Harvell.

There were also games including pin the tail on the water cycle.

"You are blindfolded, spin around and you pin the water drop anywhere," Emma Harvell said.

The Pascagoula School District helped sponsor the super Saturday event. The goal is to make education fun and show exactly what nature has to offer.

"These kids get to see what can be out in their backyards," Dubuisson said.

"It also provides our teachers a chance to volunteer, our administrators to volunteer, and a lot of community organizations to volunteers. It is just a great opportunity for young people to learn," Rodolfich said.

This educational event is held once every month throughout school year.

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