Friday, June 2, 2006

Programs by SNRA 'develop sense of wonder'

Junior ranger and campfire building skills among list of programs

Express Staff Writer

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and AmeriCorps have joined forces to offer an assortment of educational programs to the public this summer.

The programs, which will be presented by SNRA AmeriCorps volunteer David Horras, will include campfire and junior ranger activities, nature hikes and organizational camps. They will begin at the end of June and continue through the end of August.

"I want all visitors of the SNRA to experience nature through the use of all their senses," Horras said. "The programs are being developed to show that we are all interconnected in some way."

According to a press release the programs are new and have not been offered recently in the Wood River Valley.

Campfire programs on a variety of subjects will be held on weekends at the Wood River Campground.

Junior ranger programs will be available in campgrounds and at the SNRA visitor center. Nature hikes will provide visitors with a knowledge and understanding of the plant and animal communities of the Wood River Valley.

"My goal is to have place-based, hands-on programming to develop a sense of wonder for all those who experience my programs," Horras said.

A complete schedule will be available by the end of June and will be posted in various campgrounds and bulletin boards.

For more information, call David Horras, 727-5026, or Susan Kranz, interpretive specialist, at 727-5018.

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