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Boning up on the natural world

Dodge Nature Center naturalist Mick Garrett displays the difference in size of animals’ rib bones.1 / 4
Akilan Mani and his mother, Veena, inspect a deer skeleton.2 / 4
Katia Freeman’s daughter, Roni, has a laugh while getting hands-on with a turtle’s shell.3 / 4
Mick Garrett played a dice-like game with children at the event. Instead of dice, however, points were scored by rolling buffalo knuckles.4 / 4

Woodbury families boned up on the animal world last week during a city-sponsored event.

Children got to put their hands on real-life bones during the March 4 event, “Skulls, Bones, Skeletons,” held at Evergreen West Park.

The event, sponsored by the city of Woodbury’s Parks and Recreation Department, brought Mick Garrett, a naturalist with the Dodge Nature Center, to Evergreen as part of Woodbury’s “Nature in the Park” program.

But Garrett didn’t come alone.

He brought with him dozens of bones that children and parents examined following an introductory lesson by Garrett on the skeletal system.

“We’re going to learn about animals on the inside,” he began, before displaying real bones from raccoons, deer, a turtle and buffalo.

After learning about bones, children set out on activities involving bones placed around the park building. Some children attempted to assemble a full deer skeleton, while others played a dice-like game with buffalo knuckles.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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