On a heat Saturday morning in mid-July, a crowd gathered on the garden exterior of Fort Hays State College’s Kansas Wetlands Training Heart to hearken to creator Mandy Kern learn from her newly printed youngsters’s e book, Ava: A 12 months of Journey within the Lifetime of an American Avocet.
A former science instructor and present FHSU Program Specialist at KWEC, Kern wrote Ava to assist educate youngsters, mother and father, and anybody who reads it in regards to the Kansas Wetlands. Kern started working at KWEC in 2018. She has since acquired each recognition and awards for her work in environmental training. Whereas chatting with the gathered crowd, Kern mentioned the Kansas Wetlands’ ecological significance and the necessity to increase folks’s understanding of this pure surprise. When requested in regards to the occasion, Kern mentioned, “I need to thank the Dorothy M. Morrison Basis for making this e book undertaking attainable. I hope that it’s going to spark an curiosity in Cheyenne Bottoms and shorebirds within the college students that dwell in our space and assist make them conscious of the significance of our wetland ecosystem. The e book is actually a murals due to the abilities of Onalee Nicklin; younger and outdated will recognize the correct drawings of the 33 birds depicted within the story.”
Because the households sat and listened to the story of Ava the Avocet, youngsters have been capable of observe together with their very own e book due to a donation from the Dorothy M. Morrison Basis, which allowed every household to obtain a free copy. Copies are additionally being supplied to all faculties and public libraries inside a 70 mile radius of the middle and every Ok-6 classroom in Barton County.
After the studying, everybody was invited into the middle to discover the numerous shows, converse with the workers, and interact in interactive actions to study extra in regards to the wetlands. Led by illustrator Onalee Nicklin, youngsters discovered how to attract their very own Avocet, like Ava. As well as, the numerous interactive stations inspired folks to bodily interact with a number of the concepts they examine within the e book. Positioned all through the middle and outdoors, the interactive stations proved to be satisfying studying experiences for each younger and outdated alike.
Youngsters had the chance to construct hen nests, take an opportunity at surviving the hazards of migration, try to assemble meals as a hen may, and plenty of different actions. One of the well-liked actions was the show of potential meals sources for the varied hen species. Damselfly and dragonfly nymphs, dobsonfly larva, and crawdads have been simply a number of the residing meals sources with which the kids interacted.
KWEC Heart Director Curtis Wolf additionally participated within the actions, serving to youngsters discover the stations whereas sharing his experience with guests. He was happy with the massive turnout and glad to have the ability to host occasions as soon as once more. KWEC reopened totally on June 1st as a part of FHSU’s Phaseout Plan. Occasions like this one and different FHSU actions present crucial and satisfying assets for group members excited for a return to regular.
Anybody focused on buying a duplicate, or incorporating Ava into their childrens’ or college students’ training can discover lesson plans developed for this objective on the wetlands heart web site, http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu/education/ava-childrens-book/ava-childrens-book.html.
Kansas Wetlands Training Heart, affiliated with FHSU’s Werth School of Science, Know-how and Arithmetic, is positioned 10 miles northeast of Nice Bend on the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Space.