Me with the kids from last years program
For the past two days (Thursday and Friday) I have been busy helping the Allegany State Park recreation department with the Great Outdoors program for almost 350 kids from 5 different school districts.
Kids excitement from releasing a hummingbird (last year photo)
The Great Outdoors program had 11 different presenters discussing fish, beaver, stars, recycling, bears, ect… and my station was focused on bird banding. I gave a 20 minutes/group explanation on what bird banding is, who does bird banding and how a bird bander bands a bird.
I had 4 classes before lunch and then 3 classes after lunch to dazzle the kids with birds. With only 20 minutes allowed . . . . I tried to show each group 2 birds being banded (today was a slower bird day) and then watch the bird being released.
The kids always enjoyed the fact that we would release the bird off of the teachers head . . . . ! Ya I am not sure the teachers loved my station as much as the kids did!
The kids are always having fun at my station, which results in having the loudest station!! Although the kids are having fun . . . . we are still learning about science and how banding helps ornithologist learn more about the birds. The best part is the kids opportunity to see two birds up close.
I have been doing this Great Outdoors program for the past 5 years and each year the kids astonish me with their excitement while I am trying to amaze them with the birds. Even with the many educational programs that you see me do . . . this is my one of few educational programs that I am allowed to do during work time.
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