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DDWS provides update on WoW progress

By Staff | Jul 29, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Students will learn about how some of the animals they see in their neighborhood actually live in the wilds with the Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom.
PHOTO PROVIDED Bird sketches incorporated into classroom murals will teach the difference between migratory and resident species.

The importance of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife on Wheels (WoW) mobile classroom grows as school visits to the refuge will be curtailed indefinitely because of COVID-19, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported. WoW and the refuge’s Education Team will be able to fill that gap with visits to the schools themselves for visits up to a week in length to meet Florida standards. The team has spent the summer creating lesson plans for the program as the mobile unit undergoes fabrication. The DDWS plans to unveil the completed WoW mobile classroom in October, in time for fall visits to schools, libraries, conservation-minded events and economically challenged and minority communities in the five-county area. It will teach about water quality, the local ecosystem, wildlife and other topics that meet the refuge’s mission. To make a tax-deductible donation to support the project, contact DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 232 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/donation.