Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary River Rats! Age 5-10

River Rat programming is a unique opportunity for children to learn about nature. Sponsored by the City of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, the River Rats is free to participants, and funded with grants and donations. Chairpersons: Alice Holcomb 989-340-0121 and Melissa Doubek

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary 2014 River Rats - What a wonderful year!

On a wet and rainy day, June 18th, 36 River Rat children met at the Besser Museum to learn hands-on about mammals. The museum was the perfect setting since we could not meet at Duck/Island Park due to weather conditions. Children were treated to guest speaker, Jan VanHousen, from Rogers City who is caretaker to a red fox, skunk, and lynx! Volunteers performed a puppet show with Herbert Hare, Wilma Weasel, and Rocky Raccoon and learned about teeth and skulls and why some animals are plant eaters, some meat eaters, and some both! The take home craft was painting plaster animal tracks. Children learned that front feet and hind feet can look very different from one another. 

We thank our 12 wonderful and faithful volunteers from Science Olympiad, Thunder Bay Watershed Council, Adventureland Sports, Audubon, and the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board for helping make this rainy day a success. We also thank Besser Museum for giving us a dry and welcoming venue for the River Rats!

Here's what folks have said about our program

  • We were visiting in Alpena and saw it in the paper, so we tried it. It is a great program, keep it up!
  • My daughter is more attuned to what is around her outside when we are walking since attending the program.
  • This is a very fun and interesting program. We would definitely like to see it continue.
  • Great program - volunteers and leaders were terrific!
  • Everyone was excellent! The young volunteers give me hope for the future.
  • After each program we attend our son becomes more interested in the natural world.
  • It's free and the kids think it's fund (and I agree)!
  • Impressive activities!
  • My daughter enjoys coming and remembers facts and talks about them.
  • My kids love science and outdoors - it's nice to have a groam that encourages that.
  • This is our third year coming to River Rats - it is a great program and run very professional.
  • The Boys and Girls Club youth volunteers were excellent with my kids - well done!
  • Great topics, great instruction, SCIENCE, and being outside!
  • Youth volunteers worked will with large groups of children. Good use of Island Park.
  • Best program still in Alpena!

Donations accepted to help fund future programming.

Questions? Contact Alice Holcomb at 989-340-0121 or Melissa Doubek at 989-356-4371.

Sponsored by the City of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board.

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