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Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation


Specially trained Canisius College students will accompany each group at the refuge and will serve as hosts throughout the day. Ordinarily, the program runs from about 9 am - 2 pm, however, the start and end time can be adjusted according to each school's needs. The program includes a guided walk to explore a flooded woodland habitat on Swallow Hollow Nature Trail which will include field-based exercises. After lunch on the refuge, groups will play conservation games and view exhibits in the Refuge visitor contact station. Students must provide their own lunch.

The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation (CAC) program is open middle schools in Western New York with a maximum of 90 students on any given date. Requested dates are assigned on a first-come first served basis and can be scheduled from mid-May through mid-June. Schools will ordinarily provide their own transportation. However, bus scholarships are available for groups without access to bussing from their school. 

Presented in partnership with Canisius College, the mission of CAC is to reach as many people as possible with the message of conservation.  

For additional information or to reserve a date contact Dr. Michael Noonan at noonan@canisius.edu or call 716-888-2510. There is no charge for this program. 

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013
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