Summer Orientation about Rivers (SOAR)

Mike Fritz, a biologist through the Natural Heritage Program with Nebraska Game and Parks, answers questions while showing pictures of various bat species and the value they provide for agriculture in controlling insect populations. Fritz gave an educational experience for third thru sixth-graders in the Prairie Plains Resource Institute Summer Orientation about Rivers outing under what he considers a great “bat tree” with a hollowed out middle section of a tree at Gjerloff Prairie.

Mike Fritz, a biologist through the Natural Heritage Program with Nebraska Game and Parks, answers questions while showing pictures of various bat species and the value they provide for agriculture in controlling insect populations. Fritz gave an educational experience for third thru sixth-graders in the Prairie Plains Resource Institute Summer Orientation about Rivers outing under what he considers a great “bat tree” with a hollowed out middle section of a tree at Gjerloff Prairie.

Children with their educators walk through the center of the Platte River on a river walk to learn about things they might see such as wildlife as well as recreational use at Gjerloff Prairie.

Children with their educators walk through the center of the Platte River on a river walk to learn about things they might see such as wildlife as well as recreational use at Gjerloff Prairie.

Alexandria Brazee and Celeste Moser in the screech owls group walk hand-in-hand with walking sticks through tall grass to their next station across Gjerloff Prairie.

Alexandria Brazee and Celeste Moser in the screech owls group walk hand-in-hand with walking sticks through tall grass to their next station across Gjerloff Prairie.

Conner Wademan gets a close up look at a bat at Gjerloff Prairie.

Conner Wademan gets a close up look at a bat at Gjerloff Prairie.

Sarah Bailey, greenhouse manager with Prairie Plains Resources Institute, shows a ground beetle she caught to children at Gjerloff Prairie.

Sarah Bailey, greenhouse manager with Prairie Plains Resources Institute, shows a ground beetle she caught to children at Gjerloff Prairie.

Children stand on the shore of the Platte River for a minute of silence.

Children stand on the shore of the Platte River for a minute of silence.

Amy Jones, administrative director for Prairie Plains Resource Institute, snaps a picture with her cell phone while standing on a bridge.

Amy Jones, administrative director for Prairie Plains Resource Institute, snaps a picture with her cell phone while standing on a bridge.

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