Outdoor wildlife came indoors at Whitehall's first Skins and Skulls, held March 31 at Whitehall Community Park.

The inaugural event drew children and senior citizens who had the opportunity to view the authentic pelts, molded skulls and synthetic "scat," otherwise known as poop, of a variety of animals.

Cory Ollie, Whitehall's parks and recreation coordinator, presented the program.

Ollie, who earned a degree in environmental education at Bowling Green State University, said he picked up the program while working for Toledo Metro Parks.

"I changed it a little bit," he said, including adding the "scat" element, and asked to add it to Whitehall's programming.

Brian Reis of Whitehall brought his son, Briden, 6, and daughter, Bristol, 4, to the event.

"I thought they'd have fun with this, and they did," Reis said.

Those who attended said they learned several new facts about animals, while others had some ready answers.

With the help of a hint, Bristol deduced that Ollie was displaying the molded skull of a bat.

"How did you know that?" Briden asked his sister.

Lenora Miller, a member of the Whitehall Senior Center, was among several seniors at the event and said she learned that a common prey of badgers is groundhogs.

Among the animals whose "skins and skulls" were shown included a raccoon, coyote, beaver, badger, skunk, squirrel, red fox and a white-tailed deer.

While no date has been set for the next session, Ollie said he plans to make it a continuing program of the city's parks and recreation department.

For more information, visit the city's website, www.whitehall-oh.us.

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