The Stamford Museum and Nature Center brought some crawling and wriggling visitors to the NCC Child Development Laboratory School in early February.
Preschool children attending the lab school were able to observe and handle a tree frog, hamster, chinchilla, gecko, ferret and diamond back turtle.
The visit was planned because the children were studying animal habitats. Nature Center handlers talked about how an animal’s particular needs dictate its home environment. For example, geckoes thrive in hot and dry habitats, while furry chinchillas need cold ones.
The CDLS serves as a learning center for NCC Early Childhood Education students, who are able to observe the methods and theories taught in their academic program. The lab school also provides developmentally appropriate childcare for the children of students, faculty, staff and community members. It serves children ages six months to five years.