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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Walks the Talk

Region 5, July 1, 2013
Ranger David Sagan in Action
Ranger David Sagan in Action - Photo Credit: n/a

In the spring of 2013 Great Swamp NWR staff and volunteers lead twenty-two different schools on interpretive walks through the swamp reaching nearly nine hundred students and teachers. Students from both local communities and more distant urban communities connected with nature and learned the vital role that the refuge plays in the great swamp ecosystem. Along these walks students learned about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, endangered species found in the area and  even some local history. One of the highlights of this season was the large number of urban schools that visited the refuge. Helping urban America continue to benefit from its wildlife heritage is essential to the refuge mission. "Exposing youth to the great outdoors is one of my favorite parts of the job" said Ranger Dave Sagan. This season there was no shortage of students to get enthused about the refuge system and the wonders of the outdoors. Some of the great schools that visited the refuge were from Newark, Morristown, Orange, Millington and West Amwell to name just a few.

 

The refuge staff and volunteers look forward to next spring and the opportunities it brings !

Visit Great Swamp NWR: www.fws.gov/refuge/great_swamp/

 

Contact Info: Jonathan Rosenberg, 973-425-0215 x 115, jonathan_rosenberg@fws.gov