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San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Conducts Environmental Education Presentations for Area Schools
Southwest Region, May 26, 2011
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Throughout April and May Cochise County schools give the students a bit of a respite and take them on field trips or bring in guest speakers to the schools.  Generally, San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge tries to be included in some of these activities.  This year refuge staff participated in several outdoor classrooms on the Refuge.  The grades of the students ranged from kindergarten to seventh grade.  There were seven schools that refuge staff spoke, with a total of 505 students and teachers participating.  The students are given a brief introduction to the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge System and then restoration, recovery, and wildlife habitat needs are discussed.  Staff also try to have  live animals on hand for the students, particularly reptiles such as snakes.  This way the students learn that not all snakes are dangerous and some can even be beneficial to humans, such as the kingsnake.

In addition to the seven schools that received presentations at the Refuge, three presentations were given at the schools themselves, with 14 classes participating for a total of 472 students and teachers involved.  Refuge staff read short stories pertaining to wildlife and then had discussions with the students about conservation issues and the National Wildlife Refuge Systems role in protecting and restoring habitat and native species. 

Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov
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