South Fork Nature Center docents and board members visited area Schools in February and March. They hosted luncheons for teachers at Clinton High and Junior High schools and at the entire South Side School district in Bee Branch. We want to thank all the people involved in these visits. Krissi Graham and Julie Nelson served as Liaisons between the schools and the Nature Center and were instrumental in a smooth production of our program in a short window of time. Many docents and friends of SFNC donated the food, and of course their time, making scrumptious desserts for the luncheons.

On February 16th docents, Krissi Graham, Sunnie Ruple, Janet Miron and Program Director, Don Culwell, were on site at Clinton Schools to share information with the teachers and administrators about what is offered out at SFNC. Teachers were served several different Taco Soup recipes along with salad and of course dessert. Don Culwell utilized the time to share with the teachers the types of activities available for the students. It was stressed that SFNC docents stand ready to work with the teachers to create the perfect field-based experience to coordinate with and reinforce classroom learning. Pictures of our new Pavilion were shown. It was emphasized that we now have a secure place to take large numbers of students to get out of the rain. Approximately 25 teachers attended the luncheons held in Clinton Schools.

On March 9th docents Ruth Andre, Krissi Graham, Kay Verboon, Marc Hirrel and board members Leslie Goff, Janet Miron and Don Culwell met at South Side School in Bee Branch to let them know how much we want them to bring their classes to SFNC this spring. A slide show was presented to introduce our Nature Center and then Don Culwell, Janet Miron and Marc Hirrel spoke with the teachers about logistics and the process for scheduling their class visit. We were contacted within a day by teachers ready to set up entire grade level visits. Over 35 teachers and students attended the luncheon. Some of Mrs. Nelson’s EAST students served as support staff for the luncheon busing the tables and managing the trash. Thanks to all who made this a successful outreach for our mission at South Fork Nature Center!

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Contact Don Culwell, Programs Director at or 501.358.2095