Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 24, 2009

Oh, no! A mundane day?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:47 am

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.


  1. Without a DOUBT, Kath, you are making a difference to somebody. Even if it´s only ONE, it´s worth it. Count on it. And that goes for your park visitors, too! (And I know it´ll be many, many, by the end of the summer!)

    Comment by Becky — June 24, 2009 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  2. Yay, i love children! I’m glad you are having so much fun educating the children and the other visitors. It sounds like you are doing a great job as a ranger, keep it up Kathryn =]

    Comment by Kailey — June 24, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  3. Kids: never touch a bat or you will get rabies and die.
    A good life lesson.

    Comment by Eldest Daughter — June 24, 2009 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  4. . . . and, speaking of kids, mom & I visited the Como Park conservatory whilst on our recent trip to the Twin Cities. It has been dramatically expanded and now abuts another recent addition to the zoo – the primate house. We enjoyed seeing the varsities of long tailed, furry, nimble critters, but were amazed that the management also allow another species of primate to run loose in the park. I could tell there were also primates cuz they walked upright and, even though they appeared to be tailless and mostly hairless, their incessant chattering gave away their true nature.
    I wondered how they escaped and why they were not captured and returned to their proper habitat?

    Comment by Dad — June 25, 2009 @ 8:47 am | Reply

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