|Lorrie shows students a snake.|
Until last week, Lorrie Beck was a park ranger at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas and director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas. She has sadly moved on from her job, where she worked to “create opportunities for the public to learn about the natural resources of Kansas - and the Great Plains - and develop a greater appreciation for our wildlife resources.” But before she left, she shared her thoughts on urban outreach.
5 questions for Lorrie
1. Why is urban outreach important to you?
I remember when I was a kid - about a million years ago - when climbing trees, making mud pies, riding stick horses and playing outside until dark was "the norm." Now, I'm saddened by the fear that exists with urban young folks, and their parents, with anything outside “the norm": i.e., nature and the out-of-doors. I'd hope young people of today will be as captivated and excited about being outside that I was long ago, but until they experience that joy firsthand, we're going to lose them.