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Gifted Students learn about the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, October 6, 2011
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Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Visitor Services Manager Tim Haller speaks to families of the Columbia Center for Gifted Education about the Missouri River and the Refuge.
Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Visitor Services Manager Tim Haller speaks to families of the Columbia Center for Gifted Education about the Missouri River and the Refuge. - Photo Credit: USFWS photo.

Second grade students and their families from the Columbia Center for Gifted Education visited the Missouri River and viewed the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge on Thursday Oct. 6, 2011.

“The gifted program provides extended learning opportunities for students who are intellectually advanced,” states Scarlett Richardson Instructor in the program and one of the organizers of the outing.

 

The students and their families arrived at 5:30 pm at an overlook of the Missouri River and Refuge located on the property of Les Bourgeouis Winery. The winery has capitalized on this scenic overlook of the Missouri River and Refuge by building a restaurant and overlook platform. The area hosts numerous weddings and other special events because of the scenic overlook. The refuge recently added a telescope and interpretive sign at the site under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Winery.

Big Muddy NFWR Visitor Services Specialist Tim Haller conducted the presentation focusing on the connection of the river to the Refuge. Starting at the overlook, the presentation continued down a short trail from the Winery to the banks of the Missouri River along the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is the longest rails to trails project in the nation and follows the Missouri River 180 miles from Booneville to St. Louis, Missouri.

Approximately 50 individuals participated in the presentation, many learning for the first time about the Refuge and diversity of the Missouri River.


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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