Another amazing Junior Ranger Day was conducted last week at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.
Friends Past-President Debbie Meeks and Refuge Deputy Manager John Stark, and many other staff and volunteers, coordinated the event that included eight-nine (89) 4th graders from Dixie County. The students worked to become Junior Rangers by participating in activities at eight stations set up throughout the Refuge headquarter's property.
The swearing-in ceremony conducted by Refuge Manager Andrew Gude was especially moving as Andrew explained to the children how at their age he knew he wanted a career that would protect wild lands and animals. Together they recited the Junior Ranger Pledge, and the coveted Junior Ranger badges were distributed.
Thanks to the Friends volunteers who helped make this happen including Debbie Meeks, John McPherson, Denise Feiber, Sandra Milliner, Pete Tirrell, Jay Bushnell, and John Douglass. Refuge volunteers included Michael Caulking, Robin Gallup, and Rick Gallup.
More Junior Rangers will attempt certification December 8, 2023.