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Refuge welcomes new education intern

By Staff | Oct 17, 2013

Sarah Rainbolt assists with beach clean-up project on National Public Lands Day.

Sarah Rainbolt of Cape Coral recently joined the staff of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel as an environmental education intern working with Ranger Becky Wolff, the refuge’s education specialist.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) supports the refuge internship program by paying living stipends for several interns each year, supplementing staff cutbacks due to federal budget constraints.

Rainbolt graduated in May from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg with a degree in environmental studies with minors in human development, psychology and Spanish. She began volunteering at the refuge two years ago.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the way everyone worked together,” Rainbolt said. “It is such a nurturing environment.”

Rainbolt will be assisting with education programs at the refuge and outreach at schools and community functions. ?”I am extremely excited to teach children and anyone who is interested in natural settings and what we have to learn from our environment,” said Rainbolt. “The refuge itself is a beautiful place and my fellow co-workers make it better. Everyone gives great advice on what to expect day by day and makes themselves available if I need any help.”

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.