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    West Hill Dam holds Junior Ranger Week

    West Hill Dam holds Junior Ranger Week

    Courtesy Photo | Junior Ranger candidate Eric Wills admires a new friend on Day 2 of Junior Rangers...... read more read more



    Story by AnnMarie Harvie 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District

    West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, Massachusetts hosted 55 children for their Junior Ranger Week program. Junior Ranger Week, a week of hands-on activities that teaches children about the environment and environmental stewardship, was so popular at West Hill, they held two sessions. The first week, held July 15-19, 2019 had 31 candidates participate. The second week, July 22-26, 2019 had 24 children come to the program.

    “Everyone graduated from the program," said Park Ranger Viola Bramel and program leader of 27 years. “Most were Level 1 candidates, but we did have some who were working on Level 2.”

    Activities the children participated in were: cooking in solar ovens; designing rubber-band power boats and sailboats; trail map reading; sampling flavors and using plant identification keys (field guides) to identify what they were consuming from plants and trees to include root beer, wild grape and sassafras; Catch and Release of fish and aquatic invertebrates; reviewing a water quality index of the species they collected to determine water quality; dam tours; radio reports back to Reservoir Control from the in-house Ranger Station at West Hill Dam and life jacket boat races. On the last day, graduates were treated to a graduation ceremony with patches and a pot luck picnic donated by parents.



    Date Taken: 07.15.2019
    Date Posted: 08.13.2019 09:47
    Story ID: 335648
    Location: UXBRIDGE, MA, US 

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