Cloudless blue skies, gentle breezes, and temperatures in the 70’s – how could you ask for a better day? Well, you could go out to the Lee County State Park and walk around to enjoy nature. That is exactly what the 2017 Lee County Summer Reading Program did to kick off the summer! We gathered out at the park’s education center where our intrepid park ranger and pal, Laura Kirk introduced herself and the day’s program. The theme this summer is “Build a Better World” and Laura pointed out that to help build a better world you should be aware of the existing world. With that, we all trooped down to the pond where we extracted small and microscopic creatures. (It’s great to be near the water on a warm summer day!) We then headed back to the education building where Laura examined and presented our specimens under the electron microscope.
I have mentioned over the years how impressed I am with our summer readers. They are super attentive and ask the most interesting questions. One question was why some aquatic mites have blue legs. Laura admitted not knowing (gasp!) so I googled the question and we all discovered that they come in different colors and it has nothing to do with sex or age or anything. I have to admit that this kind of stuff fascinates me. We then adjourned to the shelter to have lunch. Pizza, water, snacks, and cookies were shared and enjoyed by all. All and all it was a great day – the next day Laura wrote me and told me that some of the readers stayed at the park until after 4:00 o’clock. That seems to me to indicate a success!! Thanks, Laura and all the parents who bring their youngsters to our programs.