Re: NANFA-L-- Bringing the Inner City to the Natives
Wed, 11 May 2005 14:10:40 -0500

Way to go, Jeff!! Keep it up!

Dave Mc

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----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Grabarkiewicz <>
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 1:47 pm
Subject: NANFA-L-- Bringing the Inner City to the Natives

> The city came out to the farm today. Forty-one inner city junior
> high kids (and we are talking INNER CITY) came out to a small park
> in ol' Northwest Ohio to get "hands on" experience with streams
> and wetlands.
> After I put them through a macroinvertebrate ID excercise and
> showed them the fish I collected in the morning, I got the
> question. "Um, Jeff, can we go in the stream?". With some
> apprehension, and some ground rules, I let them bang around in the
> one single riffle of a small stream. Four-in-a time, and your
> hands must be wet if you touch a fish :)
> I've never seen kids as excited and happy as these kids were. Not
> only the guys, but the girls all came in as well. In their
> clothes. No waders, no shorts. School clothes, with new
> sneakers. They were so desperate to touch nature (i.e. crayfish,
> craneflies, greensides, stonerollers) and to just be in the
> stream. Many came back in after their turns, and stuck around to
> look under stones for mayflies later on.
> Most of us wouldn't of even shook a stick-in-the species list, but
> the kids didn't care. They just wanted to be outside touching things.
> A feel good story from Jeff.
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