My polyester-and-wool dress pants were not the most comfortable, nor my polyester button-up shirt, so I was sweating. It was in the high 90s today and somewhat humid for the desert. Summer is upon us at last. The usually-sweet children at the multi-cultural center in Moab (with whom I spend 70% of my time working) were cranky and whiny with the heat. They didn’t want to do much of anything — until we came to a shallow creek and pulled out our small hand lenses and turned over a rock and explored. Shrieks of delight! I will not report how many moms would collect kids with wet shoes or clothes or feet today. Then we walked them to the Moab Art Center for a project, and found a very cute bat in the kitchen so promptly caught it under a bowl and taught the kids never to touch a bat, before we took it outside and released it.
The city of Moab has a summer free lunch program for any children who wish to come to the elementary school between 11:30 and 1:00 daily. It is not your typical hot dog on white bun, either — it is HEALTHFUL food, fruits, veggies, salad, cottage cheese, tuna or turkey sandwich on wheat, etc. We two rangers get to eat our free lunch and then do hands-on environmental education projects or games with the kids, which we have planned ahead of time. I’m learning the names of the regulars. It is tempting to think that I am making a difference in their education.