Learn about wildlife at home on ‘Live on Fridays’ with the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spring is usually the busiest time of year for the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

Normally they would see up to a thousand kids regularly from the West Valley School District and the community.

But, now the experience of seeing live animals and learning about them doesn’t have to stop at home.

Their new ‘Live on Fridays’ series on their Facebook page will feature an animal group each week.

The one on April 3rd was about birds. They brought out an owl and hawk from their sanctuary and talked about the history and characteristics of each bird.

April 10th’s Facebook live covered reptiles and highlighted snakes that are native to the region.

A large part of the Facebook lives consist of answering numerous questions from both kids and adults.

“What do the birds eat? Do you feed them live stuff? What do you do as a volunteer at the outdoor learning center? If i wanted to see an owl in my neighborhood, how could I go about doing that? So people have just been really curious about the animals that we have and if we have them around here,” said West Valley Outdoor Learning Center’s Education Director Jami Ostby-Marsh.

She said they want to continue to support teachers and help parents while they’re educating their students at home.

This has also been a way for them to connect with people who have never visited the center.

“We actually had a kiddo following us from Canada and Seattle last time so the reach of the outdoor learning center is going beyond just our little Spokane community,” said Ostby-Marsh.

Each Facebook live is at 11 a.m. and the one on April 17th will feature mammals.

They also post the videos on a YouTube channel afterwards so you don’t have to miss anything, along with some videos of animal-inspired arts and crafts.