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FOUNDATION SUPPORT FOR GIRLS SCOUTS’ DAY CAMP, July 11-14

FOUNDATION SUPPORT FOR GIRLS SCOUTS’ DAY CAMP, July 11-14

For the week of July 10th, the Foundation organized activities for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s annual Rainbow Day Camp at Ben Franklin Elementary, just outside the park. There were about 120 girls at the camp. Ecologist and board member Jim Erckmann mentored an older scout in leading six nature walks in the park focused on invasive and native plants. Ranger Matt Birklid, Jim, and Senior Park Aide Bryan Swaffield supervised a service project for 75 girls removing invasive ivy. On the final day, Jim arranged for a State Parks Interpretive Specialist to present her wonderful collection of native, stuffed and mounted animals to the girls - coyote, black bear, beaver, raccoon, red-tailed hawk, a duck, barred owl, and other animals. The girls had lots of questions and observations. The camp was a great opportunity to expose the girls to the park and the natural world.