Wilburton seventh and eighth grade students tour the Tulsa Zoo


WILBURTON, OK (May 13, 2019) – Wilburton seventh and eighth Grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Tulsa Zoo. The 85-acre, non-profit Zoo is home to various types of wildlife. Students roamed, ran, and played while learning about various species.

The Zoo has many different exhibits with animals housed in recreated natural environments. The students explored several various exhibits such as the Robert J. LaFortune Wild Life Trek. This exhibit is a four-building complex that focuses on animals from around the world and their adaptations to life in the water, desert, forest, and cold. Students then visited the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove where they learned about the sea lion’s behaviors and eating habits.

Finally, the students visited the Lost Kingdom that houses the Malayan tigers, snow leopards, Chinese alligators, binturongs, and Komodo dragons. One of the newest addition to the Zoo, the Lost Kingdom, features many large, naturalistic, interactive habitats and spaces. GEAR UP students had a close view of all the animals in this exhibit.

The students said their favorite exhibits were the chimpanzees, lions, tortoises, elephants, and giraffes. GEAR UP students reported learning about these animals in some of their science classes. They enjoyed seeing these animals in their habitats and learning about their habits.

“Educational tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Tara Martin.

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Wilburton seventh grade GEAR UP students tour the Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Troy Clark, Nate Harkins, Harley Ward, Tanner Hollingback, Ethan Cullum, Tyler Wilson, Billy Brooks, (row 2) Alanna Danel, Cheyenne Scott, Laney McAlester, Madison Littlejohn, Stormie Bloxham, Damon Self, Destiny Ward, Saharra Blanton, Kambrie Wadsworth, Allie Lowe, Aiana Holman, Alexia Quinones, (back row) Derek Tullier, Rustin Herren, Abbie Tovar, Chris Hopper, Chloee Sinor, Lily Jessie, Reese Underwood, Gracie Rowe, Lydia Trevino, Angelina Cook, Kahlan Reeves, Alexandra Costa, Jayvon Leckelt, Sarah Martinez, Rachel Wanty, Tristyn Allen, Josh Miller, Maddyson Gragg, McKinney Ziverk, Trista Cooper, Emily Adams, Lucas McCabe, Tegan Tilley, Sky Meaders, Lily Haywood, Ali Haywood, Ziporah Ward, Kaydance Morman, Jacob Loper.

Wilburton seventh grade students Abbie Tovar, Cheyenne Scott, and Alexia Quinones in front of the Bird Exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo.

Wilburton GEAR UP students Alanna Danel, Brendan Miller, and Chloee Sinor looking at chimpanzees at the Tulsa Zoo.

Wilburton eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured the Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Madison Posey, Brookelyn Cannon, Tate Yandell, (row 2) Cordel Lowry, Rylie Mote, Kylie Mote, Katelynn Stodola, Jalen Spears, Jacy Browne, Miranda Cheek, Karsen Wilcox, Michael Tan, Danni Martinez, Sarah Johnson, Paige Bridges, (back row) Brianna White, Malaya Sanchez, Olivia Yeager, Kassandra Rector, Kora Hagman, Sahara Robinette, Kaylin Self, Dakota Downum, Waylon Mitchell, Logan Pelt, Jaron Milligan, Brendan Miller, Dalton Pate, Joe Childress, Caleb Holliday, Lane Franklin, Alyssa Clawson, Storm Watkins, Isaac Johnson, Jasmin Duran, Rosie Scott, Savanah White, and Toby Murray.

Wilburton seventh grade GEAR UP students Tanner Hollingback and Rustin Herren enjoying the Tulsa Zoo pond.

GEAR UP seventh grade students Tristyn Allen and Maddyson Gragg after visiting the Chimpanzee Exhibit.

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