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Don Edwards - San Francisco Bay NWR: A Full House for Science Night
California-Nevada Offices , December 19, 2016
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Students and their families learn about wildlife conservation from USDA Wildlife Services employees at Science Night.
Students and their families learn about wildlife conservation from USDA Wildlife Services employees at Science Night. - Photo Credit: USFWS Staff
Kym Saguno, Educaiton Specialist from Santa Clara Valley Audubon dissects owl pellets with eager young learners.
Kym Saguno, Educaiton Specialist from Santa Clara Valley Audubon dissects owl pellets with eager young learners. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Hope Presley, Student Conservation Association Intern

 

For 10 years the Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge has hosted Science Night every fall for the local elementary school. George Mayne Elementary School is located in the nearby neighborhood of Alviso. The EEC has unique field trips and special events for the students and families to create a connection between the land and community.

Many organizations joined us for Science Night on Tuesday, November 15, including Santa Clara Audubon Society, Environmental Volunteers, Santa Clara County Parks, and the USDA Wildlife Services team. Each group had a table and activities planned, and the EEC staff had an additional three activities. Each activity reflected this year’s theme which was Starry Night. A few of the activities included were Nocturnal Animal Adaptations, Owl Pellets, All About Bats, and a nightscape craft to take home! The students were each given a “Science Night Passport” that they used to collect stamps for each completed activity and once they finished received a prize of a USFWS coloring book or poster.

This year’s event was the most successful yet, with 325 people in attendance! The kids had a blast and many parents expressed how grateful they were for this opportunity. For some families this was their first experience at the refuge. The 4th grade teachers we collaborate with, Ms. Overby and Ms. Code, are huge contributors to this event and help out at the welcome desk so that the kids begin with some familiar faces. Thank you to all of the organizations, volunteers, interns and staff that added to the success of this event.

 

Hope Presley served two terms at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Environmental Education Intern helping with summer camp, field trips, and science night! Hope's SCA position was funded by a grant for Explore the Coast to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, the Refuge's Friends Group.


Contact Info: Genie Moore, 408-262-5513, Ext. 100, genie_moore@fws.gov
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