Children learn ‘It Belongs to You’ from Ranger

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CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN the Gary Historical & Cultural Society, Inc. (GHCS) Summer Enrichment for Learning Program listen as National Lakeshore Park Ranger Shane Griffin talks about the local wildlife and allows them to touch living creatures, as well as the skins from various animals.

As children watched in amazement, National Lakeshore Park Ranger Shane Griffin shows them the skins of wildlife found in Miller Woods around the Douglas Environmental Center in Miller. Ranger Griffin brought skins of foxes, beavers, muskrats and coyotes for children in the GHCS Summer Enrichment for Learning Program to touch and explore. Their shouts of joy bounced off the walls of St John’s Lutheran Church when touching the skins of coyotes, foxes, muskrats and beavers. Then he took a live snake out of the box, and answered their questions as the snake wound its way around the ranger’s shoulder and neck. Ranger Griffin said several times “It belongs to you!” — words meant to make the children aware that this wildlife is theirs to enjoy, examine, and preserve – a lesson not to be forgotten by future citizens. For more information about this exciting science lesson, contact or visit The Paul Douglas Center located at 100 N. Lake St., Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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