76 New Junior Rangers
On Thursday, May 4, 76 4th graders from Old Town poured off their two school buses into the parking lot at Shell Mound ready for adventure.
Over the next several hours, they completed five Learning Stations at Shell Mound:
Six teachers and volunteers from the school, two bus drivers, four members of the Refuge staff, two archaeology graduate students, two Marine Animal Stranding and Rescue biologists, and 13 additional Friends' volunteers worked with the students to help them get to know the Refuge.
Having endured hours of abundant no-seeums and having met all the requirements, the students were sworn in by Deputy Refuge Manager John Stark as Lower Suwannee Refuge Junior Rangers and given their badges by Refuge Forester Daniel Barrand, Refuge Engineering Equipment Operators Jason Coates and George Pelt, and the other volunteers.
Providing the needed workbooks for this and another possible Junior Ranger Day in June was at the top of Friends Wish List in April. Thanks to Friends member John Douglass for fulfilling our big wish.
5/18/2023 08:23:51 am
What a great program, thanks to the friends for all their efforts! Brad
5/18/2023 01:00:15 pm
Thanks, Brad. The push behind the effort to reach this group of young people was strongly championed by our Immediate Past President Debbie Meeks and the students' teacher. Lots of folks were involved, but it takes a couple of enthusiastic people to get us all moving in the same direction. I think everyone involved had a great day.
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