Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Long Branch State Park summer Naturalist Interns

  • Sarah Forbeck, left, and Elizabeth Bradley are working as Naturalist Interns during the months of June & July at Long Branch State Park. The ladies are pictured wearing their extra legs constructed for their June 16, program on the topic “spiders and ticks”. Sarah holds a jar containing a brown recluse spi...
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  • Elizabeth Bradley and Sarah Forbeck are serving as Naturalist Interns at Long Branch State Park for 400 hours this summer. They are paid through the State Park Youth Corp.
    Is from Huntsville. She a student at Moberly Area Community College. By serving as an intern she hopes to gain experience and skills that she plans to use in a career as an English teacher.
    Is from Troy. She attends Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. She is majoring in zoology with a minor in psychology. She is filling a requirement for her major by serving as an intern this summer.
    Elizabeth & Sarah will be presenting programs on Saturday evenings during June and July at the campground in the area behind the shower house. (Bring lawn chairs) The programs begin at 7 p.m. The night consists of a 20-30 minute program following by an activity. Park visitors of all ages are welcome to attend. They are also assisting with campground  host duties for the regular hosts on their days off.
    Elizabeth & Sarah attended an intense 3-day training at Rolling River State Park at Cassville, working 14-hours a day before beginning their internship.
    Topics covered:
    Each week the ladies select a different topic to cover. They research the topic, do field experiments and plan related activities. Last week the topic was native wildflowers. This Saturday, June 16, the topic will be spiders and ticks.
    For more information:
    Changes in the program schedule will be listed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongBranchStatePark. The site is also updated with photos.
    What’s next?:
    On Friday, June 15, the ladies will present a program for first grade summer school students at the park with a scavenger hunt, learning stations & obstacle course.
    An Open House to learn more about the park is scheduled for June 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the newly constructed marina.
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