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Urban Education Program Introduces Inner-City Youth to the Outdoors at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, October 13, 2017
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Students from Reilly Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, participate in a food web game as part of the Urban Education Program at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Students from Reilly Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, participate in a food web game as part of the Urban Education Program at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS
Students from Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, participate in a pollinator-themed activity as part of the Urban Education Program at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Students from Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, participate in a pollinator-themed activity as part of the Urban Education Program at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS
Students from Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, examine objects from nature using microscopes and magnifying glasses as part of the Urban Education Program at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Students from Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, Massachusetts, examine objects from nature using microscopes and magnifying glasses as part of the Urban Education Program at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts have had another successful rounds of visits from the 3rd-grade students from Reilly and Murkland Elementary Schools in Lowell, Massachusetts, as part of the Service's Urban Education Program. Led by Service staff, interns, and volunteers, the Urban Education Program invites inner-city and low-income youth to the Refuge each fall, winter, and spring to learn about the changing seasons and habitats.

 

The activities scheduled for the fall visit included nature games focused on pollinators and food webs, as well as a scavenger hunt and examination of objects found in nature using microscopes and magnifying glasses. Staff from Massachusetts Audubon assisted Refuge staff with live animal demonstrations for the students, with this visit's theme focused on migrating waterfowl and hibernating mammals. All activities are done in accordance with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.

For more information about the Urban Education Program at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, please contact Wildlife Refuge Specialist Jared Green at Jared_Green@fws.gov or 978-579-4028.


Contact Info: Jared Green, 978-579-4028, Jared_Green@fws.gov
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