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Article posted: 6/26/2012 11:39 AM

Nature center's Wild Wednesdays offers animals to meet and so much more

Oakbrook Terrace nature center’s program lets kids meet exotic animals, enjoy the outdoors

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Erin Yanz of Nature's Creatures Animal Show in Monee shows a peacock from India during a Wild Wednesdays program at Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace. Kalyn Gunn, right, 5, of Elmhurst, said she liked touching the feathers.

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Tim Reinbold of the Oakbrook Terrace Park District corrals a loose paddle boat at the Lake View Nature Center. The paddle boats are one of several activities available to visitors during Wild Wednesdays.

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Elli Gibson, 3, and her father, Mickey Gibson, of Villa Park try their hand at catching a sunfish or a large mouth bass while other visitors take a ride in the swan boat at Lake View Nature Center.

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Luke the peacock was attracting a crowd of young admirers during the Wild Wednesdays program at Oakbrook Terrace's Lake View Nature Center. "He was awesome," said Becca Helsdon, 7, of Villa Park. Luke's handler, Erin Yanz of Nature's Creatures Animal Show, answered questions and allowed children to pet the colorful bird."It's just great for kids to see something like this up close and touch it," she said.
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    • Erin Yanz of Nature’s Creatures Animal Show in Monee shows a peacock from India during a Wild Wednesdays program at Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace. Kalyn Gunn, right, 5, of Elmhurst, said she liked touching the feathers.
    •  Tim Reinbold of the Oakbrook Terrace Park District corrals a loose paddle boat at the Lake View Nature Center. The paddle boats are one of several activities available to visitors during Wild Wednesdays.
    •  Elli Gibson, 3, and her father, Mickey Gibson, of Villa Park try their hand at catching a sunfish or a large mouth bass while other visitors take a ride in the swan boat at Lake View Nature Center.
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