Stockton Springs Elementary School students received a hands-on lesson March 12 in animal adaptations and had a chance to see live birds, turtles and tarantulas up close.

Two instructors from the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset visited the students.

Kindergarten and first-grade classes learned the reasons animals have certain adaptations, like why a porcupine has quills or a cheetah has spots. They also got to see a turtle and a tarantula.

The second through fifth graders also learned about animal adaptations as they pertain to birds of prey. As part of the experience, students had the chance to see a hawk and two owls.