Earthplace will hold a four-week Junior Animal Care Technician program for students in grades four to six from late January to early February.

The program, which pairs students with specially trained staff who work daily with the facility's live animals, will meet 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 and 9.

Students will participate in the care of a live animal collection and be exposed to snake handling, raptor feeding and mammal grooming, according to a release from the facility. They will also be shown how to feed, train, water, groom, bathe and exercise the animals as well as clean, disinfect and repair their cages. They will also be given the opportunity to play with the animals, provide companionship and observe behavioral changes that could indicate illness or injury, the release states.

Participants will also have a chance to combine their newly acquired knowledge with presentation skills during a presentation program for family members and the general public 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

For information or to register, call Linda Roberts, director of animal care, at 203-227-7253, ext. 115, or visit