And everyone seemed to be enjoying all that the ESC had to offer. Dominic Cash and Paisley Barbur, Baker High School students, spent a few minutes at the fish bird's cage trying to get him to say "Hello," (which they'd been told he had the capability of doing.)
Kylee McDuffie, 4 years old and wearing face paint, visited the live reptile room with her mother, Anjelica McDuffie. Kylee was not easily convinced that the snakes could not escape their glass cages.
And Madison Sprinkle of Pensacola celebrated her 11th birthday at ESC, walking around the grounds with a group of friends, watching the pond for a glimpse of the shy turtle, posing for a photo with the MAWSS mascot (a big blue water drop.)
One little girl who thoroughly loved her trip to the ESC was Samantha Herrera, 2, who visited the gift shop with her parents, Alisha and Michael Herrera. A bin of Beanie Babies was at a level just right for her tiny hands to reach, and it didn't take much effort on her part to convince Mom and Dad to buy her a stuffed black crow.
Visitors to the Spring Open House were asked to park at nearby Burns Middle School, then ride the shuttle to ESC, a good move (the shuttle was a Mobile County school bus--the ESC is a part of the Mobile County Public School System.)
The aroma of hamburgers grilling, the sight of Cammie's Old Dutch ice cream cones, the sounds and sights of native wildlife, the flowers, green trees and sunshine all added up to a day of family fun at the Environmental Studies Center.