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Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex Connects with Youth at the 2019 Dover Plains High School Earth Day Celebration
Northeast Region, May 10, 2019
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Lenape NWR Complex staff with display at 2019 Dover Plains High School Earth Day Event
Lenape NWR Complex staff with display at 2019 Dover Plains High School Earth Day Event - Photo Credit: Drew Shuptar-Rayvis
Students from Dover Plains, NY learn about Great Thicket NWR.
Students from Dover Plains, NY learn about Great Thicket NWR. - Photo Credit: USFWS

It was a cool and rainy day on Friday, April 12, when Lenape NWR Complex staff arrived to set up their table at the 2019 Dover Plains High School Earth Day Celebration. Throughout the day, over 400 high school and 150 elementary students interacted with representatives from nearly 40 organizations. This marked the third year in a row where staff from the complex participated, sharing information about the nearby unit of Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, the Refuge System, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many students were surprised and excited to hear there was a refuge unit so close to them. By far the biggest draw was the complete bobcat pelt that students could actually touch. Students also had a chance to see and touch various turtle shells, deer antlers, and other hands-on items. Most students had stories of bobcats, deer, and other wildlife that they had observed in the area, often in their own backyards! Many promised to bring their parents to visit Great Thicket NWR soon.


Contact Info: Lia McLaughlin, 973-417-9542, lia_mclaughlin@fws.gov
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