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Girls in STEM | Lake Erie Science and Nature Center in Bay Village offers teens hands-on experience

The nature center's "Keeper for a Day" program lets teens shadow wildlife program specialists and get up close and personal with the animals.

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — The Lake Erie Science and Nature Center's "Keeper for a Day" program is designed to give teens real experience with the animals kept there. 

We recently tagged along as Wildlife Program specialist Christine Barnett let 15-year old Miranda Siler of Avon feed the Nature Center's birds and she walked right into their cages in order to do it. 

"All of the birds and the animals that we have can't be released because they've all been injured or hurt in some way," said Barnett.

Miranda is considering a career involving animals and she loved being so close to them.

"i didn't think I was going to be so close to the animals like when I was feeding the vulture, he just hopped like a foot away from me and I thought that was so amazing to me how close he was to me," said Miranda.

The nature center lets the teens do just about anything they are comfortable with. They also offer teens a program where they volunteer, work and get extensive training throughout high school which of course, gives them a leg up when it comes to going to college. 

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