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[[caption]] LOOK! [[/caption]]


As soon as the ground begins to thaw and the buds begin to swell, BNC will be greeting many excited little faces (big faces, too!!) as the school buses pull up daily with local school groups. Some groups want to study spring wildflowers or watch trees budding. Others are particularly interested in the animals or aquatics. But, no matter what their interest, each group needs to be broken down into smaller groups in order to work most effectively with them.

Because our interpretive staff at BNC is relatively small, we need additional people to work with these groups. This has worked very well in the past and we owe a lot to those who have volunteered their time to make our educational program not only possible, but a great success. This year we hope we can offer all our trailguides, bot[[cutoff]] veteran and greenhorn, a training program that will benefit each of them personally as well as making them each a more effective interpretive naturalist with our school group

The training program will consist of a series of 10 weekly workshops designed especially to meet the needs of a trailguide. Each workshop will be a practical exposure to topics such as group dynamics, creative interpretive techniques on the trail, the history and geology of BNC, Ohio pioneer life, animal handling, animal adaptations, and activities to use with Troy Public Schools' SAPA (Science...A Process Approach) Program Experienced naturalists and educators from southwest Ohio, such as Christy Dixon, Environmental Education Specialist for Springfield Public Schools, and Douglas Dickinson, Director of Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs, will be offering their expertise and leadership for these workshops.

So, if you are presently a trailguide, have any interest at all in becoming one or would just like to come, we welcome and encourage you to join us each Tuesday morning from 9-11 A.M. beginning January 30, 1979. These workshops will be free for trailguide There will be a small fee for all others.

No pre-registration is necessary, but all trailguides will be required to file thei[[cutoff]] names and schedules on a form for that purpose when they feel ready to make the committment [[commitment]] to be a trailguide.

The initial January 30th meeting will be an orientation meeting especially for those who are not familiar with the program.


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[[caption]] Winter [[/caption]]
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