Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary River Rats! Age 5-10

River Rats, named in honor of the River Rats who guided timbers down the river in early logging days, is a unique opportunity for children to learn about nature. Sponsored by the City of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, and the Thunder Bay River Center, River Rats is free to participants, and funded with grants and donations. Chairperson: Melissa Doubek 989-356-4371.

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary 2016 River Rats - another wonderful year!

The River Rats hosted a free summer science session on Wednesday, June 22nd  from 10:00 to 12:00. About thirty children participated in the STEM activity. The young scientists learned about micro-plastics in our environment. They also watched a puppet show about the impacts of micro-plastics. The children got to play science-based games and participated in a take home craft activity.

The Wildlife Sanctuary Board would like to thank the ten adult and teen volunteers that helped to make this River Rats session a fun, hands-on learning experience for Alpena youth. 

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 fun (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 program 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 welll with large groups of children. Good use of Island Park.
  • Best program still in Alpena!

Donations accepted to help fund future programming.

Questions? Contact Melissa Doubek at 989-356-4371.

Sponsored by the City of Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board and the Thunder Bay River Center Boards.

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