A few years ago I had the opportunity to lead a field trip to visit Southern California’s only living rainforest called the BioTrek Rain Bird Rainforest Learning Center.
BioTrek is an educational enterprise of the Biological Sciences Department of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Through its greenhouse, garden, and labs, BioTrek brings students and the public both hands-on and electronic educational experiences of the tropical rainforest, aquatic environments of the tropics and California, and California indigenous plants and people.
When we first arrived, a group of University students introduced themselves and explained what we would learn about on the tour. The first visitor of that day that we met was “Mr. Crocodile”, otherwise known as a spectacled caiman. Our children were very interested in “Mr. Crocodile”. However, he had no interest in us. The children tried to no avail to get him to move in his cage, but he refused. I think he was a smart crocodile!