Classroom Creatures

Nov 21, 2013

Students at Waverly's St. John's Preschool get up close and personal with a sulcatta tortoise from Professor Michael Bechtel's collection
Credit IPR's Pat Blank

A Wartburg College professor hopes to bring biology classrooms back to life. Michael Bechtel says students should be studying living creatures not ones that are dead and floating in formaldehyde. He's been growing a collection of snakes, frogs, tortoises and others for about 19 years. He's sharing them in his college classroom and beyond.