A Kid Along Project (TAKA)
Take a hand, Open a mind, Touch a
Children with Nature at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama and Shelby, NY has announced
an exciting new program to introduce children to nature. In
the “Take A Kid Along” (TAKA) program,
children will learn about the nesting habits
of Eastern bluebirds and about other wildlife
by accompanying members of the Friends of Iroquois NWR, Inc.
as they monitor bluebird nest boxes on the Refuge.
of Iroquois NWR, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose sole
purpose is to support the Refuge. The program is open to children
ages 6-16 years of age but is limited to four children. Parents
may accompany younger children on outings if they wish. Outings
will be scheduled Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 5:00
pm during the nesting season. Participants must agree to commit
to a minimum of five days, at least one day a week. For an application
and more information contact Dorothy Gerhart at 585-948-5445
Ext. 200, or download
the PDF file here.
must be received by May 27, 2010 at 4 pm. If more than
four applications are received a lottery will be held to select
orientation meeting will be held at the Refuge
Headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, on Thursday, June 3 at
3:00 pm at which time those selected, and their parents/guardians,
will meet the leaders and set up their schedules.
child will be provided with a backpack containing nature-related
reference books, a journal and pen and binoculars to use during
their outings. After completing a minimum of five session the
child will be able to keep the backpack and its contents. The
child will also be requested to write a short journal each time
they go out on the trail and to write a story at the end of
the program about their experiences on the Refuge and the bluebird
TAKA program is patterned after the TAK- Along program initiated
by the Bluebirds Across Nebraska. Though this program we hope
to pass on to the children and the community a legacy of love
for bluebirds and a respect for nature in general.
event is one of the many ways the Refuge offers to connect people
with nature. “Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring
the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working
to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences
in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections
with the natural world.”
with disabilities and any other person who may need special
assistance to participate in this program should contact the
Refuge at 585.948.5445 or at the Federal Relay No. 1.800.877.8339.
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and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
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stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals
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