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Thanks for visiting the park! Youth Day was a success despite the rainy weather.

Thank you to the families who braved the wet and cool weather! The kids were rewarded with some really good fishing!! The fish were biting and the kids were catching and releasing all afternoon! Thank you to all the member volunteers for helping the kids with their fishing rods, baits and releasing the fish once they caught them! A special thank you to Ev Zimmer, Stacey Wise, and Ed Irre for gathering the poles and bait for the kids and staying with them during the rainiest parts of the day! The sun did sort of come out near the end of the day.

Thank you Richard Kurzenknabe for manning the registration table to get people signed in!

Our Nature Science area was nice and dry under the back porch where kids were able to visit with some really cool critters (thank you Tina Flores), examine bugs under the microscope, learn all about bees from Carrie Irre (member and Mountain Laurel Montessori Teacher.) Thank you to Lea Justice for taking kids on a Nature Walk around the property, they discovered dragonflies hatching!! They brought them back to examine closer under the microscope. Thank you to the microWave Project and its volunteers, Tatiana Compton and Lindsay MacDuff for leading the kids in some butterfly-themed art projects. Special thank you to Todd Stafford for having a "Save Our Streams" table set up where children could identify macroinvertebrates collected from a creek on the park property and provided water sample kits for families to take home and try on their own! Of special note, Todd was able to determine our streams appear pretty healthy! He found Stoneflies and Water penny beatles, which are very sensitive.

Thank you, Mark and Joanne Koszyk for leading the archery range! The kids look like they had a great time shooting!! Also, thank you to Matthew from the 4H Club Skyline Shooting Sports for assisting!

Thanks to Pete Blakemore, Chapter Shooting Sports Coordinator, Butch Hammond, and Eric Cook, with support from local 4H club Skyline Shooting Sports for arranging the shooting range class. What a great educational and fun opportunity to learn gun safety and target practice.

Even with the weather, which may have kept many away, we did it! We had our first successful event since last summer's Walton Wednesday series. Step by step, or as one member put it, dipping our toes into the pond, we will get back to where we were pre Covid. Looking forward to more events this summer at the park! Walton Wednesdays will be returning this summer for 6 weeks! First class will be on June 23. We will send out a preregistration to all member families to sign up first before opening registration to the public! So stay tuned for that!!


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