PAWS brings animal education to Edmonds’ Louis Braille School camp

PAWS' Humane Education Manager Sandy Warner guides camper Christopher Dokken's hands across two Great Horned Owl wings to show him how large the wings are.

Children attending summer camp at the Edmonds-based Louis Braille School had a chance to gain an appreciation and understanding of cats, dogs and wildlife through a variety of hands-on activities provided by PAWS educators at the school Thursday.

“We are extremely pleased to team up with PAWS this summer,” said Carolyn Meyer, the school’s director. “Their interactive workshops and wonderful instructors enrich our theme of ‘Animals, the Environment and You,’ and are a big hit with both children and helpers.”

Attendees at the camp, which serves children with special needs arising from vision impairment and other challenges, have made toys for cats in the PAWS’ Lynnwood shelter, and are also creating enrichment items for the wild animals currently in rehabilitation at PAWS Wildlife Center.

“Our goal is to help the campers understand the different ways they can appreciate, learn about, and help animals,” said Sandy Warner, PAWS’ Humane Education Manager. “We engage their other senses by sharing animal artifacts they can touch, identifying foods and habitat materials through scent, and listening to different animal sounds.”

Using a tub filled with water, leaves, trash and food that wild animals might eat in their natural habitat, PAWS' Humane Education Coordinator Tiffany Ong explains to camper Brett Wheeler how important it is to recycle and appropriately dispose of trash to protect wildlife.

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