Wildlife HERO (Habitat – Environment – Resources – Outreach) is a six-week after school program designed for participants in grades 3 through 5. The pilot focused on birds and birding. HEROs learned basic birding skills, bird biology, bird habitat, nesting, and started their own nature journals!
On Thursday, May 7th, the HEROs shared their experiences with the rest of the students and staff of Delaware Elementary. The Celebration Festival Showcase featured six interactive stations. Guests enjoyed hands-on activities, and HEROs ran the stations and answered questions.
The HEROs did a great job! The stations included a “Mini Safari”, “Grizzly Gizzards”, “Journaling”, “Bird Hurdles”, “Nesting”, and a birding demonstration, “Let's Go Birding”. Over 300 students and staff rotated through the Showcase, with smiles and positive comments throughout the hour-long event. Parents and students alike asked if Wildlife HERO will be offered again next year!
This program would not be possible without the support of Delaware Elementary's principal, Mrs. Stephanie Young. Mrs. Young understands the importance of reconnecting our youth with nature. This is crucial at a time when many school districts and school boards focus on testing and technology, and students are kept indoors at their desks for the long, long school days.
This program also relied on volunteers, such as Sharon Hughes, who worked on designing the program and assisted at all six sessions as well as the final Showcase. Fellow Delaware staff member, Joe Moore, stepped in to offer a hand when the group met.