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It is that time of year when we are finding multiple owl pellets on the ground near our owl box.  That means we have a few barn owls who are checking out to see if this box is suitable for them to roost! 

Fun facts–Owls are birds of prey. That means that they hunt the animals that they eat. After an owl eats the small rodents  birds, and bugs that are a part of its nightly diet, its stomach cannot digest the fur, bones, teeth, feathers, and insect shells from that food. These “extra” parts are formed into a tight PELLET inside the owl and are then are later SPIT UP by the owl. Pellets are usually about as big as an adult thumb and they are often dissected by students and scientist to help them learn exactly what owls eat and what kinds of small animals and bugs live in a particular area. If you get a chance to examine what is inside an owl pellet, you will be lucky, there is a lot to learn and it is surprisingly FUN!

Barn Owl Facts

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Celebrating 10 years of Ms. Smarty-Plants Magic!   




“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”

Mr. Rogers.

When Pam Meisner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, she took an internship with Mr. Rogers. This experience shaped her style as an educator who puts love and passion first, teaching children in the way they learn best.  Ms. Smarty-Plants ™ bloomed from this love of education, fun and nature.  For many years….TEN YEARS to be exactMs. Smarty-Plants™ has inspired hundreds of thousands of Earth Heroes through out Southern California!  86,019 in 2017 alone!

She will continue to make conservation count by inspiring one Earth Hero at a time.  So come visit her at The Water Conservation Garden and tell her how you are saving the Earth!

Schedule a field trip or assembly and become and Earth Hero!


For more information contact [email protected] or 619-660-0614 ext 16.

The Water Conservation Garden is open 7 days a week, 9am-4pm.  





What happens at a Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM program?

Learning, Laughter and Fun!




If you haven’t scheduled a program it’s not too late!  Everyone can become a Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM Earth Hero.  Our new and improved programs are sure to excite and delight.  ¡Tambien en Español!

Schedule your field trip  or  assembly this year!


For more information about school programs and outreaches email [email protected] or call our

Education Department 619-660-0614 ext 16