A day in nature: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts Celebrating Special Needs in Nature (PHOTOS)

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 05:49 PM.

Acceptance and inclusion is exactly what the Biophilia Center staff were aiming for at last week's event.

With no admission cost, events such as turtle feedings, hay rides and even entertainment from Reid Soria of Autism Sings were staggered throughout the day allowing participants the chance to partake in everything the museum had to offer.

"An event like this is awesome because sometimes kids with special needs get left out of activities," said Drew Geoghagen, ESE teacher at Emerald Coast Middle School.

Geohagan, who was chaperoning a few kids from his class, said the Biophilia Center is the perfect place to teach science.

"These students are very visual," he said. "We watched videos on nature to prepare the students, so they were very excited to come here."

On a slow hay ride, Panama City Beach mom Jennifer Hinton says offering an event that's not only educational, but free is a blessing for parents.

Families from east and west flocked to Freeport, many of whom had never even heard of the Biophilia Center before.

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