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Several staff members of Manatee Springs State Park held a workshop for clients at the LARC facility in Otter Creek to close out the LARC in the Park educational trips for the season. Under the guidance of the park staff, LARC clients and staff visit the park weekly during the cooler months to learn about nature and the environment. Each clients who visits the park receives a junior ranger badge and Florida State Park certificate.
Park Administrative Assistant Lacey Bruner, Park Service Specialist Jolene Dudley and Ranger Melissa Lematty showed the clients the skull of an adult alligator and told them about the many alligators that live on the banks of the Suwannee River. For fun, the clients colored alligator masks to hang on the wall or to wear.
This is the close of the third year for the LARC in the Park program. The clients and staff look forward to their outings at the park where they never know what they might see. But all agree that their favorite animals are the manatees.
Everyone thanked Lacey, Jolene and Melissa for opening up the wonderful world of nature to them and look forward to the start up of the program again in November.