2008-11-14 / School News

After School Program Tours Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Students examine some of the berries grown in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Students examine some of the berries grown in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Students from Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's Environmentor After School Program recently met with Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society to take a tour of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Riepe, a former national parks manager of the refuge, gave the students the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the native plants and shoreline habitat which they have been studying as part of their work to create the Arverne East Dune Preserve on the Rockaway peninsula. In the fall season, the plants and berries vary in an array of golden colors.

Shown left to right with Environmentor students are Devona Sharpe, RWA program coordinator; Don Riepe, director ALS; and Zakhia Grant, RWA conservation educator.  Shown left to right with Environmentor students are Devona Sharpe, RWA program coordinator; Don Riepe, director ALS; and Zakhia Grant, RWA conservation educator. This Environmentor student pays close attention to details. This Environmentor student pays close attention to details. Pictured are participating students working together. Pictured are participating students working together.

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