The following is from Carla Labianca
On January 26 and 27, staff from the Turtle Back Zoo visited Open Door Nursey School, in Millburn, and brought with them a wild assortment of animal friends. The program is designed to introduce children to animal habitats and to discover the differences in animal characteristics. The children were delighted and enjoyed learning many fun and interesting facts. Holding up two fingers, 4-year- old George McDaniel explained, “You have to pet a rabbit with two fingers so it doesn’t get scared!” Trevor Nish, 3, told his mom the animals are his favorite part of school so far: “They are so much fun, and I love getting to see them up close!”
Among the many animals that visited from the zoo were a three-banded armadillo from South America; a bearded dragon from Australia; a terrapin; an Indian Star tortoise; a tenrec, found in Madagascar; a ball python; and a rooster. And of course, a rabbit.
About Open Door Nursery School
Located at the Wyoming Presbyterian Church on Wyoming Avenue, Open Door Nursery School has been a fixture in the Millburn, Short Hills, Maplewood, and South Orange communities for more than 40 years. The school’s mission is to provide an atmosphere for young children, ages two-and-a-half to five, that is responsive to the development of the whole child, and the staff is committed to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being of each student.