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DDWS, refuge report WoW project rolling along

By Staff | Jul 1, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Initial sketches by artist David Williams of wildlife lessons the Wildlife on Wheels will present.

Building, design and curriculum planning continue on the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom project. The planning team has been meeting with Lee County District School environmental teachers to help identify species and biological processes the WoW should address and to design a series of scavenger hunts that facilitators will be administering to teach state standards.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge plans to unveil the completed WoW in October in time for “Ding” Darling Day. In the fall, it will visit schools, libraries, conservation-minded events, and economically challenged and minority communities in the five-county area to teach about water quality, the local ecosystem, wildlife, and other topics that meet the refuge’s mission. Thanks to guidance from the refuge’s summer STAR teacher, Jennifer Rasner, the Education Team will look at scheduling one-week visits to schools for the ultimate impact on class curriculum.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support ongoing needs for the WoW project, contact Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 232 or visit online at dingdarlingsociety.org/donation to provide a gift.