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Urban Education Program Engages Inner-city Youth at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, June 15, 2018
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Students from Reilly Elementary get ready to release their Blanding's turtle head-starts.
Students from Reilly Elementary get ready to release their Blanding's turtle head-starts. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS
Students from Murkland Elementary construct a mock beaver dam using sticks and modeling clay.
Students from Murkland Elementary construct a mock beaver dam using sticks and modeling clay. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS
Students from Murkland Elementary participate in an art activity, drawing inspiration from observations they made during their field trip.
Students from Murkland Elementary participate in an art activity, drawing inspiration from observations they made during their field trip. - Photo Credit: Jared Green/USFWS
Murkland Elementary students take part in a Blanding's turtle trivia game.
Murkland Elementary students take part in a Blanding's turtle trivia game. - 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 round 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 spring visit included nature games focused on adaptations and habitat selection, a beaver-themed engineering activity, as well as an exploratory walk and art-themed activity. The students also released the Blanding's turtle hatchlings that they had been head-starting throughout the school year. 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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