Over 30 Cedar Key summer school kids enjoyed two days of Junior Ranger activities with Refuge Manager Andrew Gude and Deputy Manager John Stark who gave them an idea of what it takes to be a wildlife ranger.
Jeremy Geiger, a turtle expert studying with Friends former board member Dr. Travis Thomas, entertained the kids with turtle stories, facts, and show-and-tell artifacts.
John described carnivorous plants and the variety of them that we have on the Refuge while Friends Past-President Debbie Meeks and Friends member Carol Lang showed the kids how to build a Venus flytrap using paper plates. Board member John McPherson lent a hand keeping everyone on track.
Refuge Forester Daniel Barrand showed the kids how scientists measure plant diversity using the grid technique.
Board member and butterfly expert Barbara Woodmansee led a mini-butterfly walk where the kids practiced using their binoculars. The older kids were even more interested in a puddle that was full of tadpoles.