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A Flood of Children Excited About Stream Health
Midwest Region, September 18, 2008
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Field Supervisor, Charlie Scott, teaches the kids about the aquatic stream life
Field Supervisor, Charlie Scott, teaches the kids about the aquatic stream life - Photo Credit: n/a


Plenty of brave kids tested the waters at the recent Stream Extravaganza.  Field Supervisor Charlie Scott and Education Specialist Hilary Shaw represented the Columbia, MO Ecological Services Field Office at the event.  Stream Extravaganza is a City of Columbia event sponsored by the Storm Water Outreach division.  The event takes place in Flat Branch Park, newly created in downtown Columbia, MO.  Flat Branch Park is a former EPA clean-up site and an urban renewal area, a perfect location to educate people about how to foster healthy streams in Missouri. 

Columbia ES featured a display about Missouri's aquatic Endangered Species, including Ozark Hellbender, Topeka Shiner and Higgins eye mussels.  However, the aquatic critters were the star of the show.  Kids played with the crayfish, tadpoles, and other aquatic insects and invertebrates.  A juvenile common snapping turtle was a big hit with the kids and parents alike. 

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson.  The Columbia ES office has made a commitment to helping children explore nature by providing more accessible opportunities for them to be outdoors.  Stream Extravaganza is a great occasion for the Ecological Services office to continue to participate in the Fish & Wildlife Service's Children and Nature initiative.  We hope to continue the partnership with the City of Columbia's Storm Water Division.  

Contact Info: Hilary Shaw, 573-234-2132 ext. 174, Hilary_Shaw@fws.gov
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