2018-07-26 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Four-year-old Quinn Wood, a student at Kids Go Eco, got up-close and personal with a tortoise Saturday, July 21 at the Saco Elks courtesy of Wildlife Encounters. Quinn was visiting with Lindsey Holden and Rick Wood from Dayton along with little sister Leighton Wood. (Alex MacPhail photo) Four-year-old Quinn Wood, a student at Kids Go Eco, got up-close and personal with a tortoise Saturday, July 21 at the Saco Elks courtesy of Wildlife Encounters. Quinn was visiting with Lindsey Holden and Rick Wood from Dayton along with little sister Leighton Wood. (Alex MacPhail photo) Did you hear? Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center and Farm School was on hand at the Saco Elks Lodge on Ocean Park Road this past Saturday as part of a fundraiser for Kidz Go Eco Nature Preschool.

As a part of the demonstration, children and adults were allowed to touch and hold many of the animals on hand such as a California king snake, a large tortoise, hedgehog, scorpion an armadillo and more. According to Sherri Nelson, environmental educator with Wildlife Encounters, the group is all about letting children touch and feel nature.

“By having educational outreach like this with these animals (who are all safely handled) we can allow children an opportunity to learn about them firsthand and not just on a computer screen, it’s all about touch, show and learn” said Nelson, who is also a third-grade teacher at Deerfield Community School in Deerfield, New Hampshire, and volunteers with the group.

The group was brought in by Saco resident Michelle Goulet, executive director of Kidz Go Eco in Saco, an environmental education/science based kindergarten readiness pre-school program for children. Funds raised for the event will go to expand one of the nature classrooms.

“Wildlife Encounters has so many great programs, it’s a great opportunity for us to bring them (to Saco)” Goulet said. “It’s not just a fundraiser, it’s all about giving back to the community.”

In other news, did you hear? On Saturday, July 28, Trinity Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Cleveland and Main streets in Saco, will hold its annual Summer Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature plants, books, both a breakfast and a luncheon and, according to Vestry Senior Warden Nancy Ponzetti, a very special pie baking contest with a cash prize.


Environmental Educator Sherri Nelson of Wildlife Encounters, left, shows Saco Middle School eighth grader, Brigit Sivonen, 13, along with her mother and Saco resident Laurie Sivonen, the proper way to handle and care for a California king snake. (Alex MacPhail photo) Environmental Educator Sherri Nelson of Wildlife Encounters, left, shows Saco Middle School eighth grader, Brigit Sivonen, 13, along with her mother and Saco resident Laurie Sivonen, the proper way to handle and care for a California king snake. (Alex MacPhail photo) There will also be a display and sale of original paintings by local artist Susan Berry Taylor. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help convert the parish furnace from oil to natural gas and general upkeep to the church, which hosts local groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Scout troops, York County Senior College classes, Voices in Harmony, yoga classes, and this September, tai chi classes that will be offered by Southern Maine Agency on Aging.


Visitors to the wildlife exhibit/fundraiser were allowed to hold a variety of animals, including this well behaved hedgehog who was presented as part of a program that allows both children and adults a chance to “touch, show and learn.” (Alex MacPhail photo) Visitors to the wildlife exhibit/fundraiser were allowed to hold a variety of animals, including this well behaved hedgehog who was presented as part of a program that allows both children and adults a chance to “touch, show and learn.” (Alex MacPhail photo) For more information on Trinity Episcopal programs visit www.trinitysaco.org.

Alex MacPhail is an ad representative for the Courier and chairman of Saco Conservation Commission, president of Friends of the Ballpark, a member of Saco Main Street Executive Board, Saco Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and HOB River Jam Committee. Have an interesting event you’d like publicized? Email him at didyouhearinthcourier.com.

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