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.