Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery (FFRR) will be providing educational opportunities at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s annual Outdoor Discovery Program at Platte River State Park near Louisville, Nebraska.
This year’s event runs for two days, April 15 and 16. Raptor Recovery staff will teach school-age children a variety of raptor-related topics including “Raptors of Nebraska.”
In 2013, the organization reached nearly 27,000 people with these programs. Non-releasable raptor “ambassadors” are brought to each program in order to educate attendees on the unique attributes of the birds, the importance they play in controlling prey populations, and the dangers they face due to a variety of factors such as poisoning and collisions.
The Outdoor Discovery Program provides hands-on learning and outdoor activities to 5th and 6th grade students from throughout eastern Nebraska.
There will be more than 40 activities and demonstrations during this year’s event. Most activities being conducted during the program are correlated to Nebraska State Standards in the areas of science, math, history, reading and writing.