Anson County second- and third-graders from Lilesville, Wadesboro Primary, Morven, Peachland/Polkton and Ansonville schools recently enjoyed a day at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. These environmental education programs are offered to schools and follow the N.C. Common Core Curriculum or Standard Course of Study for second and third grade.
Environmental Field Day was the program for second-graders, which was held March 17-21 and Refuge Adventures was the program held for third- graders, which was held March 24-27.
This year students explored aquatics, soils, birds of prey, wildlife, forestry and reptiles. They also learned about the Refuge, its management, and were invited to come back with parents and friends. A total of 470 youth were able to come to the Refuge with 25 teachers and assistants for this fun yet educational program.
Classes and instructors included: Ken Knight and Rupert Medford, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission; Janet Gilreath, J.D. Bricken and Greg Walmsley, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge; Erin Dempsey, 4-H Youth Promise, Roshunda Blount, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service; Jay Strider, Parks Mash, Brandon VanBuren and Jonathan Ross with the N.C. Forest Service.
The programs are held at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge and collaborating partners are Anson County Schools, Anson County 4-H, NC Cooperative Extension, N.C. Forest Service, and N.C. Wildlife Resources.