Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meet Our Environmental Education Trainee

Hello!  My name is Julia Luger and I am Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory's new Environmental Education Trainee. These first few weeks at the ridge have been great and I am excited to tell you all about my traineeship and some of the new happenings with environmental education at Hawk Ridge.

This season, we are featuring new interpretive signs that illustrate all of the important things that have been and will be happening up at the ridge.  These signs are a permanent feature at the ridge so learning can occur even when Hawk Ridge staff isn’t present.  Be sure to check out these new signs when you aren’t busy scanning the sky!

We are creating a new trail activity for student groups this year.  This kit will be part mystery, part scavenger hunt, and part bird identification all brought together to help students learn about raptors and get the most out of their visit to Hawk Ridge.  If you find a bag or bucket on the trail, let a staff member or volunteer know but do not bring it back to the ridge, we may be waiting on a student group to arrive.  If you are an educator interested in this activity, please contact our Education Director for more information.

Throughout the season, we will be updating and growing our public programs.  Be sure to check in to see what we have going on!

As a trainee, I will be learning more about becoming an environmental educator.  I will get a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning and teaching experience at the ridge. Throughout this season, I hope to learn more about hawks, bird migration and how to get children truly interested in the natural world around them. I am excited to help grow the Hawk Ridge environmental education program and cannot wait to see what the season has in store.

See you up on the ridge!

Julia Luger
Hawk Ridge Environmental Education Trainee

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